Christians on the Left is a movement of Christians with a radical commitment to social justice, to protecting the environment and to fostering peace and reconciliation.
We believe that ‘loving our neighbour’ in the fullest sense involves struggling for a fair and just society, one in which all can enjoy the ‘fullness of life’ Jesus came to announce. And we want to work to make it happen.
CotL offers space for Christians to come together to help shape the political agenda. Affiliated to the Labour Party and with members in the Commons, the Lords, on local councils and in trade unions and constituency Labour parties, CotL makes sure the Christian voice is heard in politics. Through lobbying, publications, public meetings, local branch activities, media work and other ways we are an effective voice for social justice.
The DNA of a CotL member is a Christian who is engaged in political life from a left-sided perspective. They believe that God's kingdom is extended by people working on the inside of politics as well as shouting from the outside. Their primary passions are seeing justice done and their default mode is to "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves". They have a sense that the global economic order needs re-wiring.
Does this sound a bit like you?
If so, perhaps you should be joining with the many who are becoming new members. We want to be a family, giving support for the adventure of rolling up your sleeves and getting involved. Don't sign up if you're looking for another safe option, or to just be better informed, even though you will be. Christians on the Left members have become MPs, MEPs, Peers, school governors and local councillors. Who knows where your first click could lead?
Christians on the Left has five major roles:
CotL aims to be both a 'prophetic conscience of the Labour Party and a prophetic voice to the churches'.
In the Bible, the prophet lives out a God given mandate to question, to challenge and ultimately bring the people back to the values and way of God. Often the Old Testament prophets like Micah and Amos needed to address their words to issues of injustice. CotL looks to these prophets for inspiration in asking questions of the Labour movement and issuing challenges to the church - that we are called to follow God by loving the poor, by defending the widow, the refugee and the orphan and by standing against injustice - large or small.
Central to CotL is prayer. We meet regularly as a movement to pray, and encourage local branches to pray.
We recognise that activity alone will not do - that we need the daily miracles of God - in our own lives and in our nation and the world. We hope to provide regular resources on this site to fuel your prayers.
Regular campaigns, such as a our recent focus on economics, aim to mobilise those on the Left to engage in key issues in our nation. We hope CotL can champion causes of social justice which enable people young and
old, from whatever background - to act and make a difference, both as a national movement and in local branches.
We encourage you to join CotL and to get involved in a local branch to get the most out of these campaigns.
Our annual Tawney dialogue looks to inspire fresh thought and mobilise a generation to engage in issues of faith and politics. We create a relational funnel of mentoring and advice to help folks not just shout from the outside, but to also get involved on the inside.
Our democracy works and grows through informed debate and involved people. CotL aims to engage in political debate through resourcing and responding to issues of our time. CotL contributes perspectives to the ongoing process of developing Labour Party policy.
We also look to provide resources which individuals and groups can use to develop their own thinking on issues.
Our website will publish articles, ideas and resources and offer an active place to be involved. Our local branches offer a place to discuss issues locally and to impact local debates.
CotL aims to provide a space for those who God has called to, or those who find themselves in the Left of British politics. Through meetings, branches and this website we want to provide a space for you to connect with others - both locally and nationally.
CotL also acts as a conduit for relationship building between the church and the Labour party, and other faiths, through initiatives such as the Faiths Taskforce and consultation.