Synod calls for values-based politics upholding the common good

Jul 8, 2017 by

from the Church of England Press Office:

The Church of England offers a still, small voice of calm in uncertain times following the General Election and tragedies such as the Grenfell Tower fire, the Archbishop of York said today.

Speaking on the first day of General Synod in York, Dr John Sentamu said: “As we now seek to reassess our relationships, in our local communities, in Europe, and internationally, our goal must always be the common good of all.”

His comments came as he moved a special motion on the state of the nation.

Asking what might enable community to flourish, Archbishop Sentamu said: “We must learn from our present political and economic challenges to think less about the price of things and more about the value of things.

“There will be many lessons to learn from the fire in Grenfell Tower – but we are already aware that false economies can lead to human tragedy.

“Social care, specifically the so called ‘dementia tax’, should be an area where we are better off working together, and taking the risk jointly.

“This issue of public sector pay has demonstrated that there is little sign of a coherent plan about how to fund the health service, education, social care, defence, housing, or transport infrastructure.

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