Churches throughout our diocese will be hosting ‘Hustings’ ahead of the 2015 General Election, these are a forum for members of the public to hear from candidates and political parties. Below is a list of local Hustings in our churches that we have been made aware of. To include an event at your church, please email Kathleen Ben Rabha, Community Affairs Advisor for the Diocese. Please note, this is a list of Hustings held in churches in our diocese – there are further events planned by other organisations elsewhere in Suffolk.
The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website has useful resources and advice about holding a local event.
St Edmund’s Hall
|Sunday 19 April||6.00pm||Christians Together in Southwold and District
(Simon Pitcher). Questions to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th April
St John’s Church
|Monday 20 April||7.00pm||Lynn Spall – 01394 386965||Suffolk Coastal|
|Tuesday 21 April||Rev Andrew Kleissner
|Bury St Edmunds
All Saints Church, Park Rd
|Friday 24 April||7.00 for 7.30pm||Churches Together in Bury St Edmunds and District
|Bury St Edmunds|
Salvation Army Hall, Cobbold Road
|Sunday 26 April||7.00 for 7.30pm||Churches Together in Felixstowe
Capt Richard Walters
St Peter’s Church
|Wed 29 April||7.30pm||Churches Together in Sudbury and District
Questions to David Lamming
|Stowmarket||Churches Together in Stowmarket
Tony Ciarra 01359 272685
Or Revd Michael Eden 01449 678623
From Bishop David
Two of our diocesan advisers have proposed possible questions for use at church-led hustings, which you might like to consider. County denominational leaders have had sight of them and there is general ecumenical goodwill for them, but they come to you as possibilities not prescriptions.
1. From Mark Morgan, Environmental Adviser: ‘There is no doubt that global warming and climate change are generated by human activity. This presents one of the greatest threats to life on earth. What is your party’s policy towards dealing with climate change?. Also what is your greatest environmental concern in this constituency?’
2. From Richard Stainer (World Development Adviser ): ‘The UK is now one of the most unequal societies in the developed world. As all the evidence shows that the greater the inequality in society, the greater the social problems, what would your party do to reduce the financial gap between rich and poor in the UK?’ [Richard states: ‘There is plenty of evidence to support the assertion in the question, on the Equality Trust website – http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk
I hope all your hustings and election support and witness go very well.
With all best wishes,
Houseof Bishops’ Pastoral Letter
Click here to read a Pastoral Letter entitled ‘Who is my Neighbour?’ published by the House of Bishops for members of the Church of England ahead of the 2015 General Election.