Seeking the Common Good

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The common good is a powerful ideal and aspiration; we often invoke it, pray for it, and hope to contribute to it.  But what do we actually mean by the term - especially in a world that is diverse and complex, with many different communities and identities?  In this series of conversations, we will explore different approaches to the common good and discuss how we can strengthen it, even when there is disagreement.  We will look too at the ways in which churches and faith perspectives both help and hinder us in finding the common good.  

This term we will be exploring these issues in a series of podcasts and discussions, starting this Wednesday at 8pm on Zoom and continuing on 24 February and 10 March. This week, I will be joined by Mariëtta van der Tol, who is a constitutional theorist and Alfred Landecker postdoctoral fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government. She was also recently Licensed as a Lay Minister in the Church of England.  To start the series off, Mariëtta and I have recorded a short podcast. In it we talk about approaching the 'common good' through a genuine conversation about the kind of society we want to live in, and we discuss why it’s so important to include all members of society in that conversation. You can listen to the podcast at the link below and we look forward to talking more about these issues with you on Wednesday.

8pm on Zoom, introduced by Dr Sarah Mortimer. 


What is the Common Good?

Wednesday 10 February

With Marietta van der Tol, Alfred Landecker postdoctoral fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government. 

Marietta's research explores the relationship between religion, politics and society, especially ideas of tolerance and intolerance in contemporary France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Common Good and Democratic Debate

Wednesday 24 February

With Paul Billingham, Associate Professor of Political Theory at Magdalen College

Paul's work examines how we debate our ideas and beliefs in the public square; his current project looks at how the liberal state should engage with citizens who do not share its views or values.

Education and the Common Good

Wednesday 10 March

With Canon Richard Peers, Subdean of Christ Church Cathedral

Richard will share some of the lessons he has learned from his extensive experience in education, within and beyond the Church.  He has been Director of Education for the Liverpool diocese and head teacher of a diverse school in London.