Church of England Calls for New Political Direction



Who is my neighbour? A Letter from the House of Bishops to the People and Parishes of the Church of England for the General Election 2015
Church of England


Three months before the British general election on May 2015, the Church of England's House of Bishops released what it called a pastoral letter to members of the Church and others, calling for a 'new political direction'.

The letter does not contain statements on preferred policies or support a particular party or parties, but rather argues that British democracy is 'failing' and that voters are apathetic and cynical because there’s no 'vision'.

The letter notes there is falling voter turnout in Britain and a perception among many that voting doesn’t make any difference.

The letter doesn’t blame individual political leaders, but calls for a ‘fresh moral vision’ for Britain on issues such as the environment, individualism, inequality, intolerance and consumerism.


Thumbnail image: Westminster Abbey, London. Credit: Slices of Light, Flickr

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Published Date
February 17, 2015