Bishop urges Christian influence in public life

The Bishop of Norwich has highlighted the need for a strong Christian influence in public life by providing community services but also moral authority in challenging unjust policies and practices.

BishopNorwich370Speaking at an open meeting of the Norwich South Deanery at St Andrew’s Church in Eaton, the Rt Rev Graham James (pictured right) characterised the role of the church as not only provider of community services, when the state was unable to do so, but also the voice of moral authority, challenging policies or practices which it perceives to be unjust or immoral and, in an age where people increasingly define good and bad in terms of what is or is not permitted by law, providing a framework of moral principles which goes beyond legislation.
Bishop Graham commented positively about the strong relationships that the Church of England had with other religions, the strength of Christian activity in the local community, in charitable organisations and community work, for example, but also pointed to a need for reform of synod structures. He addressed questions on topics including education, legal aid, and women bishops.
Vicar of St Andrew’s Eaton, Phil Rodd, said: “I was very pleased and honoured to be able to welcome the Bishop to our church.  It was clear from the questions and the reception of the many people present that Bishop Graham had stimulated much thought about the role the church has to play in our public life and how it might carry out this role more effectively. We are grateful that he took the time to speak to us.”
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