Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jews and Unitarians dropped from Churches Main Committee

The Times reported today that Jews, Unitarians, Christian Scientists, and Seventh Day Adventists are being dropped from the Churches Main Committee. This is not the same thing as Churches Together. I can understand the reasons for being exluded from Churches Together, but this body deals with non-theological things like tax, charity law and child-protection where clearly it is much better to work together.

Well done to Steve Dick, and presumably the new communications consultant, for getting a good quote in there which manages to give a good sense of what Unitarians stand for. We seem to have a good relationship going with the Times now. We just need to develop that kind of relationship with the Guardian to get some coverage in there.


Blogger Naomi said...

Although the final descision on Unitarian and others' membership of the Churches Main Committee has now been deferred, it would do no harm to consider our response to any future discrimination against other churches and religious groups.

This is a copy of a Comment I sent to Ruth Gledhill's Times Online Blog:

"Writing as a Unitarian, I suppose one way of looking at the report of the proposals before the Churches Main Committee, would be to say 'Yet another example of the exclusivity of Christians and the sidelining of everyone else...'

Since most of us are not orthodox Trinitarian Christians, it might be more useful to regard this apparent slight as an opportunity to think about how members of any and every religious or spiritual group or community might be encouraged to meet to discuss matters of common concern. If this led to positive and effective political lobbying and also provided an effective means of communication between government and the various religious groups, so much the better. But if at the very least it gave members of different faiths the opportunity to talk frankly to each other and maybe come to understand each other a little better, this could be a very positive outcome of apparent ostracisation. I know such dialogue is already very important in some areas, but it would be good to see it developing into a more widespread and national happening.

The Churches Main Committee web site says of itself:
‘Its primary role is as a vehicle for conveying to the Government the views of the churches on legislation and other matters which directly affect them and likewise as a channel through which the Government can consult the churches as a whole on such matters.’

No reason that I can think of why the rest of the ‘faith communities’ should not aspire to such a role.

Naomi Linnell

10:27 am  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Do you think The Guardian might cover this U*U news? ;-)

12:00 am  

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