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Participating in Democracy

Monday 10 June 2024 | 6pm BST - Broadcast tickets available

This panel will explore the power of voting, and power beyond voting. How and why might Christians be involved in encouraging voter registration and turn-out? How can churches provide a forum for questioning and challenging parliamentary candidates to help us decide who to vote for? And when the election is over, what next? How can we be active as Christian communities, joining with others, across difference, to build people-power, and make a positive difference in our local communities?



Jonathan Cox, OBE, Deputy Director of Citizens UK

Rev Tim Norwood, National Ecumenical Officer for the Church of England.

Bishop Mike Royal, General Secretary of Churches Together in England.

Chaired by Professor Elaine Graham of Modern Church


This event is held as part of the political theology series, The Power and The Glory? Talking Politics in a General Election Year. Brought to you by Modern Church in collaboration with Church Times.




Jonathan Cox, OBE is Deputy Director of Citizens UK, the Community Organising charity. After parliamentary and campaigning roles at Westminster, Jonathan has been a community organiser with Citizens UK since 2006, helping alliances of civil society organisations in South London, Wales, Somerset, Essex and the Thames Valley to win campaigns for the Real Living Wage and the resettlement of refugees.


Rev Tim Norwood, is the Church of England’s national officer for local ecumenism. He was formerly Area Dean of Milton Keynes, a post which he has held for sixteen years. He has also been co-chair of the UK Council for Citizens UK, and was a member of General Synod.


Bishop Mike Royal is the General Secretary of Churches Together in England CTE. He is the former CEO of The Cinnamon Network, helping churches with their community engagement and former pioneer at award winning education charity Transforming Lives for Good. Mike has an academic background in urban planning & Black theology. He has been in ordained ministry since 1993 and was consecrated a Pentecostal Bishop in 2016. He is also a Forensic Mental Health Chaplain.


Professor Elaine Graham is Professor Emerita of Practical Theology at the University of Chester and honorary Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral. Elaine is a Fellow of the British Academy, and is Chair of Trustees of Modern Church.


 Church Times and Modern Church are excited to collaborate for a new webinar series in anticipation of this year's General Election. Two expert panels will discuss themes in political theology and ask pertinent questions about faith and democracy.

To book the first webinar in this series, click here


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