Elections

Christianity has a lot to say about politics. Jesus taught about the issues and everyday choices facing ordinary people and those in power.

We cannot ignore the challenges facing society today, and we need to engage fully with democratic processes and decision-making. By participating in elections, Christians can make their feelings known, and can impact positively impact on the political landscape.

The Joint Public Issues Team produces resources in the run up to local and national elections – please check this page for new resources.


Key Resources

General Election 2017

Faith in Politics: General Election 2017. This issues briefing lays out the facts for four of the key issues around the general election and offers the opportunity to explore them in detail. Follow the link for more information and to download the resource.

This is a time…. offers some biblical reflections on some of the key themes of this election

Holding a Question Time Meeting or Election Hustings… is a resource containing everything you need to know to hold a hustings in your constituency.

Love Your Neighbour: Think, pray, vote is a resource we originally produced for the 2015 general election to help you and your church community to reflect on how being a follower of Jesus will affect your behaviour at election time.

 

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Faith in Politics – May 2015

Faith in Politics 2015 contains short briefings on 16 key issues that will feature in political debates as the elections draw near. Some of these issues are not directly related to one of more of the ‘devolved nations’. We currently have versions of this document containing only the issues from the overall briefing which are particularly relevant to Scotland and Wales

 


More…

  • This is a Time… Preparing for the Future

    It might seem hard to believe right now, but in just a few days the election will be over. Will it be business as usual? There is a danger that whatever the outcome, the average person might well see this as the moment to leave the politicians to get on with it. But these verses are a poignant reminder ...

  • Church leaders’ statement in advance of the General Election

    “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” As we prepare for the General Election, we recognise that Christians across our nations will prayerfully vote for a variety of parties and candidates in good conscience. We celebrate the fact that Christian people are inspired by their faith to debate passionately – and to ...

  • This is a Time… Good Government?

    Much is being said about the need for strong Government and strong leadership. What do these ideas mean for us? Whilst a strong Government may be desirable or even necessary, there are models around the world which rightly attract widespread condemnation. A “strong” Government is not in and of itself a good thing. In modern democratic systems overwhelming Parliamentary majorities ...

  • This is a time… What (else) Matters?

    Brexit is likely to be the dominant issue of this campaign, even though Article 50 has already been triggered and individual MPs will have little power to shape the eventual agreement. But there is a very real danger that Brexit becomes the only issue, and that other important concerns and consequences are simply ignored or ...

  • This is a time… Disagreeing Well

    What influences you? Sometimes we don’t even notice how ideas, events or opinions have an impact on what we believe or do. Media coverage can affect the way we see things. The tone of some political debates and headlines recently has been unpleasant and divisive, a trend which may continue as the various parties compete ...

  • Discernment in public issues at election times

    The other day I was talking to a Catholic Priest friend of mine about secular politics and the role of the Church at election times.  He was sharing something about the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola which resonated with me that might help us to avoid being co-opted unwittingly into political agendas. Ignatius saw ...

  • Faith in Politics: the 2017 General Election

    Faith in Politics: The 2017 General Election Every General Election presents an opportunity for citizens to participate critically and constructively in the democratic process. It may be a cliché to suggest that there has “never been so much at stake”, but there is an element of truth to this saying. We are living in an ...

  • So there’s going to be a General Election…

    After the whirlwind year of 2016 it looks like 2017 is set to continue in the same vein. Over the last three years we have seen two referendums (yes that’s a word), one on Scottish Independence, the other on the UK’s membership of the European Union, a General Election and elections for the Scottish Parliament ...

  • This is a time…

    The recent announcement of a General Election surprised just about everyone.  We now face questions as Christian disciples, not only about how we should vote, but also what we and our churches should be saying and doing during the campaign. In the weeks leading up to the election, the Joint Public Issues Team will be offering ...

  • Local Election Resource: Explore Faith & Politics 2017

    On 4 May many of us will go the ballot box and vote for candidates in local council elections. Over the last four years we have seen two referendums and a General Election, and in the midst of all of this it is easy to disengage from local politics. And yet local democracy remains a vital part ...

  • After the Referendum – A recommitment to the Common Good

    He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8) This week the people of the UK have made the significant decision to leave the European Union. Across our communities, including in churches, ...

  • Holiday costs should not influence EU decision

    One thing that has intrigued me in the last few weeks is the never ending stream of “new angles” that the media seem to find with which to approach the ubiquitous issue of the EU Referendum. While politicians continue to slug it out over conflicting economic forecasts and fears over migration, the British public are ...

  • Europe, Pentecost and the Round Table – A Reflection and Prayer

    It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. At a time when so much of the debate about the EU referendum is based on personal and national self-interest, it’s well worth reflecting on the symbolism of the the EU flag. Whether its designers were aware of this or not, it taps into very ancient symbolism that ...

  • The EU referendum: responding in good faith?

    In May 2015 the Conservative Party’s General Election manifesto contained a pledge to hold a referendum on whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union.  With their election victory this campaign pledge has become a reality and we now know that on the 23 June each of us will be asked to ...

  • Churches Together in Wales – Welsh Assembly Election Briefing Notes

    Cytûn (Churches Together in Wales) have put together a pack of briefing notes for the upcoming Welsh Assembly Elections. Click the links below to download. On Thursday 5 May 2016 elections will be held for a new National Assembly for Wales, whose members will serve until 2021. The composition of this Assembly will determine the configuration of the next Welsh ...

  • Download the Public Issues Calendar for 2016

    The Public Issues Calendar dates are available for download. Click the link below to access the important dates to put in your diary for this year. Calendar dates 2016

  • Think Pray Vote…What’s next?

    The dust has settled and we now have a new Parliament with many new faces. Your Member of Parliament (MP) has the opportunity to influence decisions at the heart of government and she or he is your link to engaging Parliament in the issues that you care about. We’d like to encourage you to take the ...

  • Praying after the election

    Post election reflections by Rev Phil Jump ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The words above come from Psalm 46. They are a response to several realities that the Psalmist outlines in earlier verses; not least that “nations are in uproar, ...

  • Wellbeing

    This blog post has been written by the Rev Shuna Dicks, Church of Scotland Minister, Aberlour Parish Church and member of the Church and Society Council There’s less than a week to go until it’s all over.  I wanted to write about the fourth of our election topics – wellbeing – about picking up the baton ...

  • Why we should vote

    When St Paul calls on the early Christians to pray for ‘kings and all who are in high positions’ (I Timothy 2:2) and ‘be subject to the governing authorities’ (Romans 13:1), he is challenging them to be good and active citizens. And today we recognize that part of what constitutes ‘good citizenship’ is helping to choose ...

  • What are you doing on 7 May…?

    When St Paul calls on the early Christians to pray for ‘kings and all who are in high positions’ (I Timothy 2:2) and ‘be subject to the governing authorities’ (Romans 13:1), he is challenging them to be good and active citizens. And today we recognize that part of what constitutes ‘good citizenship’ is helping to choose ...

  • Justice

    ‘But strive first for the kingdom of God and its righteousness…’ (Matthew 6:33) The demand for justice can never be far from the Christian consciousness and at a surface level one that we will share with people beyond the community of faith. What might be less transparent is what we understand when we utter our cry ...

  • “If we claim to love our neighbour” – a new hymn inspired by our election 2015 resources

    Andrew Pratt of the Manchester & Stockport Methodist District has written a powerful new hymn called “if we claim to love our neighbour”. He was inspired to do this by a presentation that our Team gave at March’s Synod meeting, based on our Love your neighbour: think, pray, vote resources, which are hosted on our election ...

  • Truth

    The issue of trust is one that has increasingly found its way onto our political agenda, yet sadly it is often for the wrong reasons. A MORI Poll published in January of this year indicated that only 16% of the British Public trust politicians to tell them the truth, placing them behind even journalists and ...

  • Love your neighbour: Think Pray Vote – logos available for church posters

    If you’re wondering what to include on your church noticeboard in the run up to the election, how about using the Love Your Neighbour: Think Pray Vote logo?   This might be a good way of starting conversations with people about what it means to love your neighbour when you use your vote. We’ve now ...

  • Young People, Faith and Voting

    With voter turnout at May’s European Elections barely reaching 35% it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that much of the UK population are uninterested and disengaged with politics. Young people are even less likely to vote with turnout for the 18-25s only reaching 13%, meaning that just over one in ten young people eligible to vote actually did. ...

  • The Free Churches Visit the Conservative Party Conference 2014

    After a productive visit to the Labour Conference in Manchester last week, the Free Churches delegation continued its Conference season by travelling to Birmingham to meet with the Conservatives. The last party conferences before a general election are traditionally opportunities for the Government to defend its record and for the Opposition to challenge the Government and ...

  • Love Your Neighbour – JPIT Conference 2015

    Podcasts Archbishop Justin Welby’s Keynote Address to the Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote Conference. (38m43s) Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.AudioPlayer.embed("audioplayer_1", {soundFile:"aHR0cDovL3d3dy5qb2ludHB1YmxpY2lzc3Vlcy5vcmcudWsvd3AtY29udGVudC91cGxvYWRzL0p1c3Rpbi1XZWxieS1LZXlub3RlLUFkZHJlc3MyLm1wMw"}); Other Podcasts will be uploaded shortly Video from the Day Love Your Neighbour: ...

  • The Scottish Referendum debate – it’s transforming politics!

    A guest blog from David Bradwell, Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer With over four months still to go to the referendum on Scottish independence, you might be forgiven for thinking that people have had enough of it.  It’s true that since the SNP landslide in 2011 there has been a bit of a ‘neverendum’, with the question ...

  • European Elections 22 May 2014

    On 22nd May 2014, voters in the United Kingdom will be going to the polls for the European Parliament elections. We have produced a short resource to help you reflect on some key issues, from immigration and tax to the environment and human rights. Looking at six key issues, the resource offers some questions to ...

  • New Liturgy for Lent 2014

    The West Midlands Joint Public Issues Team has produced a liturgy for Lent 2014. These liturgies are short worship inserts suitable to be used in Lent 2014 but adaptable for other occasions with the aim of encouraging and enabling discussions.  They are aimed at encouraging congregations to reflect on the kind of society they would like to ...

  • National Voter Registration Day

    Today is National Voter Registration Day, a movement organised by the Bite the Ballot Campaign to encourage 16-24 year olds to register to vote. The 5th of February is the anniversary of the Great Reform Act in 1832 which first introduced voter registration. Therefore, today will celebrate the progress made thus far, for no longer is the ...

  • Countering Political Extremism – local elections 2 May 2013

    Local elections are taking place on Thursday 2 May 2013. This year, councillors will be elected in 8 Unitary authorities in England and one in Wales; and in 27 county councils with a two-tier structure. Mayors will be elected in Doncaster and North Tyneside. Local elections traditionally attract a low turnout – this may give ...

  • An electoral landslide

    Early reports suggest that one group won yesterday’s local election with a massive share of the registered voters, getting almost six times the next highest result and over twice the number of votes of all the other parties combined. By any measure this is a massive electoral landslide. This group was the “I didn’t vote” group. ...

  • Prayers for the May 2011 elections

    God of Justice and Peace, we desire the justice on earth known already in heaven. We pray for the coming elections and referendum. It is a privilege and a duty to play our part in the democratic process. May we use our votes wisely. We pray for all who stand for election, that they may seek to unite rather than divide, ...

  • Hung Parliament: a unique opportunity to advance the common good

    This statement was made by the United Reformed Church after the election results: The inconclusive result of the General Election provides a unique opportunity to re-orient Westminster politics towards the common good, according to Simon Loveitt, who speaks on public issues for the United Reformed Church. He said: “This election was fought on the platforms of fairness, ...

  • The General Electoral Window is Wide Open!

    If you are one of the many people who “Sent one more card“ last Christmas, in the hope of putting a stop to the damaging detention of asylum seeking children then there is plenty to be celebrating, but we need to keep up the pressure, running up to the General Election! Citizens for Sanctuary are absolutely ...

  • The Sanctuary Pledge Campaign is Swinging for Justice!

    The Sanctuary Pledge Campaign is in full swing, as the General Election looms. The major goal is to prevent the urgent needs of international refugees who have fled from terror, torture and/or rape from getting lost within the general debate on immigration. At the last election asylum seekers became a ‘political football’ as the parties ...

  • General Election Day 1 – And They’re Off (at last!)

    Have we just survived a ‘phoney election’? Keen history boffins will recognise this phrase describing the initial months following declaration of the second world war when, to a large extent, life in the UK continued without much interruption. By the time the ‘proper’ war started many initial evacuees, to take one example, had already returned ...

  • Ask the Chancellors?

    Perhaps strangely for someone in my job I really can’t abide political debates on television. I have never even managed to watch Question Time all the way through. I find these debates merely serve to reinforce my existing prejudices, and the shallow point-scoring makes me wince. I was convinced that the recent decision to televise ...