Launching Christians in Politics in the Churches

Christians in Politics hosted an evening reception in parliament for church leaders and parliamentarians to launch the organisation and put across the mission of what Christians in Politics seeks to achieve. Around seventy church leaders and twenty parliamentarians packed into the Macmillan Room of Portcullis House to hear about this mission.

The event was introduced by Gary Streeter MP, who shared about his role as chair of Christians in Politics' sister organisation, Christians in Parliament, which supports Christians inside both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Gary explained that while Christians in Parliament's aim is to support those in Westminster, Christians in Politics is focused outwardly on the church and on raising up future leaders who will serve their communities through politics wherever they are.

David Burrowes MP then shared about his faith and how it led him to be involved in politics. He cited his time at university, where he saw the need for Christians to be the decision makers, which resulted in him taking an active role in the Student Union.

Next Tim Farron MP spoke about the importance of the church and his own calling to politics, which was as a result of seeing Cathy Come Home, a TV drama about homelessness. This was followed by Fiona Bruce MP and Stephen Timms MP who also shared their personal testimonies including the challenges they currently face as Christians involved in politics and the importance of the church in supporting them.

Having heard from the parliamentarians, Claire Mathys - co-director of Christians in Politics and director of Liberal Democrat Christian Forum - then introduced the work of Christians in Politics and its vision to inspire and equip the church to engage meaningfully and positively in public life. Shona Elliot from Christians on the Left and Christians in Politics manager Mark Scott closed the talks with some of the practical things Christians in Politics offers including resources, training and campaigns.

The remainder of the evening was opened up to the church leaders, to voice the challenges and opportunities they percieve for engaging their congregations in politics. This was a great opportunity to hear the church's heart for politics and it was heard right at the heart of the British political system.

Questions and comments ranged from how we can engage the youth with the need to be politically active; to the differences between meeting the needs of the vulnerable and going 'upstream' to effect the structures causing injustice and poverty.

We hope those present went away with a flavour for Christians in Politics: what we do and offer; and a vision for how together with the church we can build for a more just, inclusive and loving society.  

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Click here for article about the event in Christian Today.