20th November 2019
Bishops and Archbishops call to prayer
The Bishops of the diocese have called us to prayer and action ahead of the General Election on 12th December 2019.
Read Bishops Alan, Richard and Michael’s letter below and see the Archbishops of Canterbury and York’s video here
As Christians we have a responsibility to engage in political debates, whether in public or private, and cast our votes. Whilst there will be Christians who reflect the full range of political parties, there are still a number of questions on which all of us might usefully ponder as we consider who to vote for, and which if we are going to attend hustings, we might put to the candidates:
- With most parties signalling the end of austerity, how will public spending be used to benefit all groups in society?
- With an increasing number of elderly people, how can we ensure that we are making adequate financial, social and medical provision?
- As we face an acute shortage of housing what plans are there to ensure that sufficient homes are built in our area?
- In the light of global warming, how can we reduce our carbon footprint and live in more sustainable ways, seeking to protect the poorest from the worst of its effects?
- At a time of social fragmentation, how can we support marriage, family and community life?
- As we move towards Brexit how can our public and private discourse promote trust and truthfulness in public life, support social cohesion and discourage racism and xenophobia in all its forms?
As in previous elections many of our churches are offering our buildings as a neutral venue where hustings can take place. If you are planning such a meeting please let Arun Kataria (email@example.com) know, so we can advertise it widely around the diocese. Meanwhile, please join us in prayer for our nation, our local communities and those who are standing for election.
+Alan St Albans +Richard Bedford +Michael Hertford
A prayer for the General Election
God of grace and truth, send your Spirit to guide us as we discover your will for our country.
Help us to discuss the issues before us
with courtesy, truth and mutual respect,
and grant that all who stand for parliament will seek to serve the common good,
through him who came not to be served but to serve, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for the nation
God of hope,
in these times of change,
unite our nation
and guide our leaders with your wisdom.
Give us courage to overcome our fears,
and help us to build a future
in which all may prosper and share;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Hustings Resource: Holding a Question Time Meeting or Election Hustings – Ideas and advice from JPIT (the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church)