EU referendum resource guides churches through debate

Four major Churches in Britain have today released a resource to help churches and individuals think, pray and vote in the upcoming European Union referendum.

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Think, Pray, Vote: EU referendum resources for churches’ addresses seven key issues, including free movement of people, peace, and the single market. It does not come down on one side of the debate or the other, but seeks to equip churches with information and biblical reflection to engage with the issues in a way that is consistent with their faith.

‘Think, Pray, Vote’ has been produced by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland to help Christians consider Britain’s membership of the European Union in the light of the gospel command to love your neighbour.

The Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council Convenor the Revd Sally Foster-Fulton, said: ‘Part of our Christian service is to participate actively in the processes that shape our community life. The decision about our role in Europe directly affects the way that we relate to and live with one another. However we plan to vote, we’re called to engage with the debate in a thoughtful and respectful way.’

The resource is aimed at groups looking for non-partisan information. It seeks to encourage Christians to explore the kind of questions which are prompted by their faith.

United Reformed Church Secretary for Church and Society, Grace Pengelly, said: ‘The EU referendum debate includes many issues that are neither simple nor straightforward. Christians who want to address these issues will find this resource an excellent way to open up an informed discussion.

‘As Christians we should vote guided by an understanding of the debate and by the values of our faith. It is vital that Christians participate in the referendum debate and that we cast our votes thoughtfully, prayerfully and in the interests of the common good.’

Get Think, Pray Vote, EU referendum resources for churches