Now is the time for Christians on the Left

jonKuhrt.jpgNext week, the Christian Socialist Movement will officially launch its name: Christians on the Left.   

This is a very significant step in the story of Christian influence on the left-wing of British politics.  The history of Christian Socialism is a rich and deep tradition which had a massive influence in shaping the Labour movement.  Rather than a departure from this tradition, this name change is in keeping with it.  It enables the movement to move with the times and communicate in a way people can connect with.  Christians on the Left offers a great opportunity to deepen and sustain a faith-inspired commitment to social justice in UK politics.

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Still Christian, Still Socialist - But Starting Where The Voters Are

The Christian Socialist Movement is about to change its name.  In a postal ballot over the summer, members voted overwhelmingly to change the name to ‘Christians on the Left’.  The vote follows an almost unanimous endorsement at our COTL_Cross.pngAGM and over a year of consultation and debate.  The outcome of this extensive democratic process is a name change that is good not only for the Christian Socialist Movement (CSM) but also for the Labour Party.

Christian Socialism is a noble tradition within the Labour Party and it predates it.  We can date the origins back to at least 1848.  The driving force of Christian Socialism is a belief in equality; that we are all made in the image of God. Inspired by faith in Jesus Christ and by his example, Christian Socialists aim to relate to each other in that light, knowing we are of equal worth.  From this flows a strong and active commitment to social justice and the alleviation of poverty.  Christian Socialism came about because church people, active in their communities, realised that charity was only one part of the solution to inequality.  Political change was required.  Christian Socialists have pushed for government action to promote social and economic change to move us closer to a more equal society.


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