Christians on the Left is committed to influencing politicians and churches with our commonly held values. CotL also helps to resource members to reflect on and respond to contemporary social issues as they affect our lives and our communities. We do this in a variety of ways.
Christians on the Left organises conferences and meetings to highlight issues of current interest and debate. Most are open to all though some are especially designed for younger people. CotL’s annual Tawney Dialogue – usually combined with the AGM – and Wheatley Lecture – always held in Scotland – are our flagship events and always attract speakers of the highest calibre.
Christians on the Left leads campaigns on key political issues, such as reform of the banking sector, as well as partnering with other organisations seeking change. Many members are active in campaigning in local, national and European elections, supported by CL initiatives such as the General Election 2010 Marginals Project and Labour Neighbours.
Christians on the Left branches
Christians on the Left has a number of branches across the UK which enable members to meet locally for fellowship, prayer, discussion and collective action. Many members find a real opportunity to engage with CL through their local branch. Some branches are affiliated to their local constituency Labour Party and play a full part in its activities, including policy formation and the selection of candidates.
Christians on the Left is affiliated to the Labour Party and contributes to their policy-making process. Drawing on members’ expertise and using its own democratic processes, CL submits detailed responses to policy discussion documents produced by the Party. CL also produces material to help resource candidates during general election campaigns.
Christians on the Left works closely with the Christian organisations in the other two main political parties represented at Westminster through Christians in Politics (CiPol) to highlight the influence Christians have in the political process and encourage others to become more involved themselves. We also combine with other like-minded organisations to campaign on other issues, as shown by our membership of the Trade Justice Campaign.
With a different theme each issue, our newsletter helps to promote our values and challenge thinking Christians to see how their faith interacts with contemporary issues and public policy debates. It is issued free to all members.