Love your neighbour as yourself

Love your neighbour as yourself:
a Christian response to Brexit

7/10/19

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you… and pray to the Lord on its behalf….”

That message, from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, has been quoted by bishops as they issue advice about how churches and church schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes should respond to Brexit.

There are over 1,000 churches, schools and chaplaincies in the Diocese of Oxford and more than 50,000 regular worshippers. “We are calling on everyone to remember the commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves, especially in the coming weeks,” wrote the bishops in a letter sent to 3,000 school leaders and church officers this morning.

“Our calling as theClick to download poster Church in these times is not to take sides in the debate but to continue to be the Church for everyone…

“We have a particular responsibility at this time to speak out for the poorest in our communities and to act to help them (as the Church has always done.) We have a responsibility to work for the peace and the common good.”

The letter includes a Brexit checklist 12 ways to love your neighbour as yourself. It includes actions for Church Councils and school governing bodies such as providing extra support to foodbanks, reaching out to EU nationals, and practical steps to support children who may be feeling upset and anxious.

“Don’t underestimate what we can achieve if every church, chaplaincy and school does something and if every Christian disciple takes some action, however small,” state the bishops.

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Notes for editors:

  • The full text of the letter is published at https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org/a-christian-response-to-brexit/ 
  • The letter is signed by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, The Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Revd Alan Wilson and the Bishop of Reading Elect, the Ven. Olivia Graham.
  • The 12 steps to Brexit poster and other Brexit materials on the diocesan website are free to use. Please credit Diocese of Oxford in any published articles.
  • For more information call Steven Buckley on 07824 906839 or Jo Duckles on 07880 716761.