Heart of This Place
A modern day re-telling of the parable of the prodigal son. In rural England, a father and his two sons run the family business. But their relationships are torn apart when the youngest son rebels...
Radical faith in the underground church - 3
The problem with the western model is 'come and see'. That's not what Jesus said. Jesus said, 'go and find'. We don't even see a 'come and see' model - it's all about going and finding the lost. Going where they are.
Being a fair parent increases your authority
If your child thinks you are fair, they obey you as they see you as legitimate authority. Harsh disciplinary strategies backfire. Instead of eliciting a healthy fear, they undermine parental legitimacy.
No Crying at the Dinner Table
A film that highlights the common stigma in families against expressing emotional vulnerability. It presents a portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets about things left unsaid.
Managing ‘back to school’ anxieties
Children will be returning to their classrooms and there will be a vast range of emotions that come as a result, from both children and parents. A few principles that might help...
Family matters for student performance
Student performance cannot be understood apart from family dynamics. What should our communities and larger society be doing to help ensure that future generations of children have a stable, supportive, family life?
Cohabiting families’ disadvantage
Many cohabiting couples with children doubt their current relationship will last, especially compared to married parents. And they are less likely to see their relationship as a vital part of their life.
Strong families - flourishing children
Children living in families with higher levels of resilience and connection are much more likely to flourish. This is true across all levels of income, health status and exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
Online - The common good and society
It is sometimes thought that responsibility for the common good falls only upon the state. In fact, the common good also depends on each individual, family and civil society institutions working in harmony, each taking responsibility at the appropriate level. Each has a role, contributing to fraternity and the spiritual and social capital necessary for a healthy society.
At their best, associations, businesses, clubs, churches and other faith groups, charities and other local institutions all play a vital part in promoting the common good, enabling people to find fulfilment together. Looking beyond the Covid crisis, this event will assess the capacity of our institutions to fulfil their responsibilities as we work towards civic renewal.
Examining its strengths and weaknesses across 21st Century Britain, our panel will consider what steps each of us can take, and how public policy can assist, to enable civil society to fulfil its vital role.
The common good and the role of the Government
@Church of St Mary Putney, Putney High Street, London SW15 1SN
Though the family and civil society have their own responsibilities for the common good, there is, of course, a role for the state.
The appropriate role for the state is contested even amongst those who are dedicated to the promotion of the common good. Some argue for a strong, centralised state that guides the economy and explicitly supports civil society and the family. Meanwhile, others prefer a decentralised model, rooted in the renewal of place, and in the revitalising of local and regional institutions. Others believe that only a more hands-off approach will allow civil society and the family the room, freedom and resources to flourish.
Our final panel in the series will investigate the role of government in promoting the common good – from ideas to action.