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2013 European Politics and Society Network
The European Politics and Society Network is designed to teach key Christian political, legal and social leaders how to be salt and light through effectively communicating Christ’s character in their respective contexts. Applicants should be those who are working in the areas of politics, law, campaigning or community action. Both seasoned lawyers, activists and campaigners and aspirants will benefit from the input of leading thinkers and practitioners. This Network will be led by David Fieldsend, Charlie Hoare, and Nola Leach. The four Network sessions are broken into three parts: a lecture from a leading Christian in public life, multi-disciplinary tutor groups, and two specialist sub-networks in the fields of Politics and Law. Speaking in the main network session will be Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lennart Sacredeus, Sandra Sykes and Arttu Makipaa. The sub-network session speakers will be Leo van Doesburg, Caroline Eade, Glynn Harrison, Roger Kiska, Matthew Price, Tim Laurence and Christina Summers. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.
A required introductory session for first-time attendees of the Network will take place prior to the start of the Forum on Saturday, 25th May, 13:00-17:30.
Nola Leach is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network and serves as the Chief Executive of CARE (Christian Action, Research & Education), one of Europe’s leading Christian charities which provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE undertakes a variety of social caring and educational programmes and research. It is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies, at the EU in Brussels, and at the UN in Geneva and New York. As Head of the Public Affairs team, she leads campaigns on topics such as human trafficking, Internet pornography, and the value of human life from its beginning to natural end. She has overseen the publication of Living Free, a sequel to the CARE book Searching for Intimacy – a resource designed to help those trapped in the net of Internet pornography. She is increasingly in demand as both a writer and public speaker. She has penned numerous articles, and regularly appears in the media.
David Fieldsend is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network, and is the Manager of CARE for Europe, promoting Christian values in public policy discussion at the European Institutions concentrating on bioethics and family policy. He gained his first degree (town planning) from Newcastle University, holds a diploma in theological studies (Trinity, Bristol), and last year was awarded a European Masters degree in bioethics. He spent many years as a planning specialist in local government in the UK (including a secondment advising the Sudanese Government). He stood as a British Parliamentary Candidate in 1983 for the constituency of Falmouth-Camborne. He is married to Anne; they have three adult children and one grandson. He is a licensed Reader in the Church of England and member of the diocesan synod for Europe.
Charlie Hoare is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network. He received his Bachelor's degree in History at the University of Durham. After a year of working for a British Member of Parliament, he studied law before taking a Masters degree at the London School of Economics in social policy and non-profit management. Since 1998 he has worked in the International Team at Christian Action, Research & Education (CARE) where he now serves as International Director. In addition to representing CARE at the United Nations, he has helped establish a strategic global network of policy makers, academics, politicians, and diplomats at the national and regional levels. Since 2004 he has also been Deputy Director of the CARE Institute for Faith & Culture and helps direct the CARE Leadership Programme, developing and envisioning some of the brightest young graduates in Britain in policy involvement and cultural transformation. He is married to Eleanor; they have a son and two daughters.
Caroline Eade works as a lawyer in Cambridge, England. Having initially trained as a litigator, she now specialises in charity law. She was until recently a trustee of the Jubilee Centre, which aims to research and apply biblical teaching to contemporary society, and she is a member of the writing group for Cambridge Papers, a Jubilee Centre publication. She is also active as a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. Having studied theology at university before retraining as a lawyer, she now mentors undergraduate theologians and law students in her home church, and also co-leads a fellowship group.
Glynn Harrison is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK, where he was a practising consultant psychiatrist and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He preaches locally and speaks widely on issues of faith and psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. He is especially focused on supporting men’s ministries and fostering the development of Christian leaders and pastors.
Roger Kiska serves as legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund and is based in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, where he specialises in international litigation with a focus on European law. He is developing the ADF-allied attorney network in Europe, working with allies to litigate European cases that have a potential for impacting ADF efforts in America. Before joining ADF in 2008, Kiska served as legal counsel at the European Center for Law and Justice. He earned his J.D. at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and successfully completed the United Kingdom’s Solicitor’s Transfer Exam–the British equivalent of the American Bar exam.
Timothy Laurence is former Public Theology Associate and London Chairman of the UK Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. In this capacity Tim arranged, contributed to, and edited “Good News for the Public Square” – a collection of London-based lectures for Christian lawyers giving a Biblical framework for Christian engagement in law and government. An Oxford graduate and a former banking regulation lawyer at international firm Hogan Lovells, Timothy is now engaged full time in theological studies at London Theological Seminary.
Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT PC QC is an active member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Appointed to the Faculty of Advocates im 1955 he was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1965. He was appointed Lord Advocate in 1979. He was appointed Lord Chancellor (Chief Justice, Head of the Judiariary and Cabinet Minister) by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1987 continued in this office under John Major until 1997. He is Patron of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, succeeding Lord Denning.
Arttu Makipaa, a Finnish national, received graduate and postgraduate training as an economist in Germany (Heidelberg and Bonn). After a time in teaching and research, mainly at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn Germany, he began serving at the European Union institutions as an economic policy adviser (since 2006), and also has experience in consulting both private and public sectors. His private research interest has long focused on the relationship between faith and economics.
Matthew Price is the International Director of Lawyers Christian Fellowship (UK), having been appointed in April 2010. A qualified solicitor, he worked for almost six years with corporate law firm Slaughter and May in the city of London before serving for three years in Uganda working alongside Uganda Christian Lawyers’ Fraternity in Kampala. Serving with BMS World Mission, Matthew spent his time in Uganda, helping UCLF establish a criminal public defence programme. This programme has already offered representation to over 750 prisoners, many of whom have been remanded for significant periods before trial. He is married with three young children.
Lennart Sacrédeus is a native of southern Sweden and the son of Lutheran clergy. Though educated partly in the United States, Lennart received his BA at Lund University and subsequently worked as a journalist at various local and Christian papers including Varlden idag (The World Today), as well as a high school teacher in religion, political science and history in Mora, Dalarna, Sweden. He was the Deputy Mayor of Mora for the Christian Democratic Party (KD) from 1998 to 1999 and a Member of European Parliament for the European People’s Party in the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Human Rights from 1999 to 2004. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Vice President of the European Parliament Delegation to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, and also a Member of Parliament in the Committee on Taxation. He has been a member of the Church of Sweden (Lutheran) National Synod and National Church Board since 2005.
Christina Summers was elected as a Green Party Councillor in Brighton and Hove in May 2011. In July 2012 she stood alone in voting against same-sex marriage resulting in her expulsion from the Green Group. She now sits as the council's only Independent. She has previously worked in many diverse fields including the third sector, and has set up and managed several social projects across Brighton working with volunteers, agencies and churches as well as the council. She is a zealous campaigner for her constituents but also on issues that beg a Christian influence such as abortion and freedom of speech. As well as earning a European Business degree she has trained in Radio News Broadcasting earning a short stint at the BBC World Service, and has media experience in television, radio and print. She has been a public speaker on numerous occasions and taken part in many debates particularly concerning her Christian faith.
Sandra Sykes, after a decade at the BBC Natural History Unit as a Radio 4 producer and presenter, is currently the Director of Changing Views Ltd, a production house providing promotional films which enhance the marketing or fund-raising potential of businesses and organisations throughout the UK. Previously she spent over twenty five years in the media, in her Natural History Unit days devising the very popular strand Changing Places, moving on to BBC Birmingham where she worked on BBC TV’s Countryfile and produced Radio 4 classics such as Open Country, Ramblings and Farming Today, winning the 2006 British Environment and Media Award for the best radio news/current affairs programme for Costing the Earth. She won three national Andrew Cross Awards for religious broadcasting while a presenter of live current affairs programmes on BBC local radio. She is a highly experienced media trainer for TV and radio, coaching household names from several central government departments, including the Cabinet Office. She is a B.Sc. Honours Zoology graduate of St Aidan’s College, Durham and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Hughes Hall, Cambridge.
Leo van Doesburg is External Affairs Manager for the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM), a European political party committed to promoting Christian values in public life. He graduated Commercial Economics and International Management Studies from Ichthus University in Rotterdam, Faculty Economy and Management, and has worked in the business sector for several years before becoming involved in the political field. He is actively involved in policy-making at various national and European institutions and has offered many trainings and courses on Christian Democracy, Freedom of Religion & Conscience, Family Values, Human Dignity and Peace & Reconciliation. In 2011 he was awarded the Conscience and Freedom Award for diligently promoting religious freedoms in Europe.
Full Network Session: Serving Jesus as an Elected Representative of the People: A Practical Approach and Personal Testimony
This session will outline a wide variety of issues and questions Christians entering the political sphere as an elected public representative must consider. Topics covered will range from discerning the call to service to applying Christian principles to the task, and from tackling temptations and secular philosophies to persevering faithfully until the conclusion of one’s term. The speaker will share from his experiences as a Member of European Parliament, offering practical guidance for being a disciple of Christ in the public square.
Law Sub-Track: How Do We Know What’s Good for Society?
The good news of Christ gives eternal life and changes hearts. Meanwhile God has also given civil government to protect orderly life in this world: it is to ‘encourage those who do good, and to punish those who do evil.’ As Christians who love our neighbours we want to assist the work of government. But how can anyone know what is ‘good’ for society, without first knowing what is ‘true’ about society? Against the backdrop of post-modern scepticism, political fashions, and competing power claims, this session will re-affirm the importance of truth in the public square, and then examine how the whole Bible, including God’s law in the Old Testament, should be the foundation of our analysis of the public good in the modern state.
Politics Sub-Track: Elected Politics—The Reality of Representing Electors
Lennart Sacredeus and Panel
This session will develop the themes from the previous session looking at more detail at the practical issues of individual engagement in politics. How to get involved in a party, in campaigning and elections. Involvement in the political institutions as: an elected representative, staff member, researcher, lobbyist and civil servant. The panel will bring their collective wisdom to bear to assist those who desire to engage their God given talents in the world of politics and public affairs.
Full Network Session: Equality in Law
Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT PC QC
Drawing on the experience of Christian service at the head of the legal profession and as a Cabinet Minister in the United Kingdom this session will reflect on current developments in the area of the law and equality.
Law Sub-Track: What is Good for Society?
Does God's Word tell us anything about how society as a whole should function, or is God only interested in what happens within the church? In seeking to love our neighbours, we will want to promote what is good for them - primarily in telling them the gospel, and secondarily in pointing to the pattern of life that God has established for humanity. We will explore together what that pattern looks like and what its implications are for our engagement with legal and public policy issues. The aim of the session will be to help us better understand what kinds of policies we should be advocating in the public square.
Politics Sub-Track: Developing A Pan-European Christian Political Network
Leo van Doesburg
We are in challenging times of increasing globalization and ongoing European integration. The global political climate is getting more and more secularized, focusing on diminishing the role of religion and faith in the public sphere. Basic values like family values and fundamental freedoms are therefore threatened. This presentation will focus on the necessity of establishing pan-European political networks, platforms that will allow Christian politicians to work together to promote and develop Biblical-based politics. Also we will discuss about the role of Evangelical Christians in forming such a network. The European Christian Political Movement was founded in 2005 and is forming such a network and became recognized as a European Political party in 2010. How can ECPM play a role by uniting Christian political forces in order to let our Biblically based voice heard in the regional, national and European politics.
Full Network Session: Serpents, Doves, and the Media
We live in an age of increasing competition for people's hearts minds and wills, led by the media’s insatiable thirst for exclusives and ‘you heard it first here’ stories. The result is a culture of punch up journalism fuelled by the oxygen of controversy. In turn, the viewer or listener survives this bombardment of their consciousness by switching off. This is the only way to prevent a cerebral fuse blowing. So for those who want to enter the media mêlée - how do you even get noticed, how do you get your message across the way you want to say it and most importantly how do you avoid becoming a victim of the journalistic feeding frenzy? Well, it all begins with serpents and doves.
Law Sub-Track: How Do We Promote What is Good for Society?
Having established what is good for society this talk will consider how we go about promoting that in a public square that is often hostile to the Christian viewpoint. How do we speak the truth in love on controversial issues, whilst at the same time pointing people to the gospel of grace? And, what unique role might Christian lawyers have to play in all of this? We will consider some practical examples of how this might be worked out in today’s Europe.
Politics Sub-Track: Christian Conscience versus Progressive Politics
Can political parties that claim to be ideologically “progressive” also claim to be mainstream in practice? What does the rapidly emerging UK political landscape look like for Christian politicians who express, and stand by, orthodox biblical views on issues of life and identity? Christina Summers, a City Councillor, will speak about her short career as a member of the UK’s first ever Green Administration, and the lessons she has learned.
Full Network Session: Europe in Crisis: Rethinking the Economy as Stewardship
The ongoing financial and economic crisis provides an excellent opportunity for Christian reflection on the nature of the economy, the financial system as well as the role and meaning of wealth in general. The mandate from the very first pages of Genesis to look after God's good creation is not an issue restricted to ecology, but is of central importance for the economy as well. This session will inquire how this and other Biblical insights could inform today's complex and globalized economic and financial system, and explain why the economy matters from a Christian perspective. Important principles will be derived from this inquiry both for the collective level (public policy) as well as individuals (ethics).
Law Sub-Track: How Do We Make Our Arguments in Court?
Courts of law should always be approached with caution and often times only as a last resort. The experience of going through a legal conflict can be emotionally and financially difficult. However, in the preservation of our most precious freedom; that of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; court is sometimes our best or only option. This presentation will focus on the concept of strategic litigation and how to explain Christian principles in a secular court room. The presentation will also deal with translating natural law ideas in the court room and how as Christian advocates, we must not only bring our faith to the court room but we must bring our technical and legal expertise as well.
Politics Sub-Track: The Political Negotiation
Interview of Glynn Harrison
One of the UK's leading academic practionners in the area of mental health talks to Nola Leach about the challenges for individuals of serving and leading in the contemporary public square. This session will particularly focus on the issue of leadership under pressure.