Bishop James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, speaking at his annual Presidential Address to the Diocese of Liverpool’s Synod, said the “current big idea” of the Big Society would pass, but the Church was here to stay. He said:
“The truth is that political slogans, especially in a media age which consumes as well as spits out sound bites such as ‘back to basics’, the ‘third way’ , the ’Big Society’, are here one day and gone the next. The Church for all its faults and foibles will still be there even though its form may well change.”
The Bishop said that it was “time for the church to recover its voice and its desire to be an agent of social change again”. He said the Church knew of “the harsh realities of local communities” and he had already raised in Parliament and with ministers the “deep sense of unfairness at the way some decisions have been felt in cities such as Liverpool”.
The Church was witness to “the family losing their source of income, the parent losing cherished nursery provision, the carer losing a vital respite service, the elderly losing community support”. The Bishop said the Church should aim to influence the political vision of future politicians, adding: “If I were a politician and looking for a slogan I might start to campaign for the politics of humility.”