This resolution was passed overwhelmingly by Chelmsford Diocesan Synod on 7 March 2009:
That the Synod of the Diocese of Chelmsford calls upon the parishes and people of the diocese to respond to God's call to love our neighbour, to serve all His people and to build His Kingdom. As we live this out, we urge that all take an active part in responding to the challenge posed by the BNP and similar racist political parties.
Church members are reminded to encourage all people of goodwill to register and cast their votes, not least because this reduces the proportion of votes which go a political party whose racist foundation is incompatible with Christian discipleship.
Parishes and people are urged to work with ecumenical and other partners to promote Christian values in all political dialogue and in particular:
- To ensure that respect, equality and justice for all people is part of the contribution made by parishes to local dialogue;
- To ensure that no literature or promotional material from any racist political party is permitted in any parish building nor placed on any parish notice board;
- To make respect for all people a component of regular Christian teaching, including through the observance of Racial Justice Sunday;
- To promote participation in public life, including standing for political office, as a vocation for some Christians;
- To co-operate with other groups and organisations working towards these goals;
- To urge all major political parties to address the issues which draw people to vote for far-right political parties.
This Synod agrees that this motion be circulated to all parishes and shared ecumenically in advance of forthcoming elections in Essex and East London.
Passed overwhelmingly by Chelmsford Diocesan Synod on March 7th 2009.
Source: Hope Not Hate