Thursday, 11 July 2013

Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England

The think tank, ResPublica, has published a report, authored by Philip Blond and James Noyes, entitled Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England.

The report itself can be downloaded as a PDF file.

The survey data it uses can also be downloaded from the Research by Design website.

The press release from ResPublica is here. The report makes the following recommendations:

  • The Cabinet Office should create a Unit to help involve the church in public service delivery, and to help explore alternative models of delivery.
  • The Cabinet Office should bring forward a new White Paper to investigate a holistic and personalised vision of public service.
  • The Church should set up a Social Action Unit to co-ordinate social action across dioceses and between Church and government.
  • This Social Action Unit should in turn oversee the creation of diocesan Social Action Teams to work with community groups and local government to tackle local problems and deliver services.
  • The Church Commissioners, Church of England Pensions Board and CCLA should set aside a certain percentage of the returns on their investment to invest in church-based social ventures.
  • Local Churches should make use of the ‘community right to buy’ and the Public Services (Social Value) Act to help communities retain and expand their assets.
Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 9:16am BST | TrackBack
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"The Church Commissioners, Church of England Pensions Board and CCLA should set aside a certain percentage of the returns on their investment to invest in church-based social ventures."

Is this a complicated way of raising the parish share? If the Ch Comm and CEPB do the best they can at the moment, then making sub-optimal investments will lead to a shortfall elsewhere. And could an honest trustee of a charitable fund for, say, education, having declared that she would do *the best for the charity* invest in a CCLA fund in the the knowledge that some return was being creamed off to pay for someone else's hobby horse?

Why not raise the money honestly and transparently?

Posted by: american piskie on Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 2:52pm BST
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