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Christian Aid welcomes bishops’ call for Christians to engage in politics

17 February 2015 - Christian Aid has welcomed today’s intervention from the Church of England encouraging Christians to engage in politics and use their democratic voice for the common good.

Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy, Laura Taylor, said:  “Christians have a huge amount to offer by engaging in politics and shaping the discourse of political debate, both in this country and around the world. 

“It is not about telling anyone which party to vote for, Christians support parties of all colours.  What is important is encouraging leaders to enact just laws which will support the common good.

“At Christian Aid we believe poverty is political and requires political solutions. It is naïve to think otherwise. Anyone who cares about poverty and global inequality should care about politics.”

Christian Aid’s Chair Dr Rowan Williams will be speaking at an event examining the role people of faith should have in politics on February 28 at City Temple Church in London.

Ahead of the day-long event, which is being hosted by Christian Aid, The Children’s Society and Greenbelt, Dr Williams said: “Politics isn’t just about parties and elections, it’s about the way that we live together and includes a whole range of decisions about the society that we build.

“It will take all of us, and all of our faith in each other, to build the world God intended.”

Other speakers include Canon Giles Fraser, Commons Chaplain Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Rev Suzanne Matale, General Secretary of the Zambian Council of Churches.

Tickets cost £15 and include lunch. For details and to book go to www.christianaid.org.uk/faithinpolitics

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For more information contact Joe Ware at jware@christian-aid.org. The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is 07850 242950.


Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk

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