It gave an opportunity to take stock, not only of the policies by which our society and our economy should be governed, but also of the underlying values and principles of which that society and economy are an expression.
The group comprises economists, financiers, historians, social scientists and theologians who are engaged in an open discussion on these issues. In the wake of what has happened in our economy and society in recent years, contributors share a commitment to finding a dynamic and accessible language through which to pursue the Christian understanding of 'the common good' in a way that will deliver actionable ideas, integrating theological insights with public policy.
Since then, the participants have met regularly to discuss a variety of topics. These have included work and finance, health care, older people, education and entry to work, child poverty and the state of health of our representative democracy.
In 2015, the Archbishop of York, in conjunction with a number of the participants to the symposia, contributed to a book based on many of the symposia themes, entitled On Rock or Sand: Firm Foundations for Britain’s Future.
Since then, the symposium group has continued to meet together with major speakers, have met to consider topical subjects including constitutional reform, migration and the future of civil society.
An introduction from the Chair, Ms Julia Unwin CBE
It is an honour to chair the symposium on behalf of the Archbishop. Our intention is to support the Archbishop in his work, and deepen the discussion about the range of social and economic issues affecting society, and the ways in which they can be addressed. We work by bringing together people who have thought deeply about the challenges facing society, along with invited experts, and in so doing hope that we can offer wisdom and knowledge in support of his work.
16 April 2010 - The Economy
21 October 2010 - Employment
28 July 2011 - An Equal Right to Health Care
11 November 2011 - How to care for an Ageing Population
1 November 2012 - Education and Entry to Work
13 December 2013 - Child Poverty
2 October 2014 - The State of Health of our Representative Democracy
12 November 2015 - “They Kingdom Come”: The Future of the UK Constitutional Settlement
2 November 2016 - Migration
26 June 2017 - Review of Symposia
2 November 2017 - The Future of Civil Society
21 June 2018 - Artificial Intelligence
8 November 2018 - Intergenerational Equity
7 November 2019 - Binding the Wounds: What can the Churches do to help our fractured society?