For episode 6, I had the honour of sitting down to speak with Hannah Rich. Hannah is Vice-Chair of Christians on the Left, the organisation that supports, resources and networks Christians involved on the left of politics in the UK. Hannah is also Senior Researcher at London-based religion and society think-tank, Theos. Hannah has researched and written on a range of issues, but most centrally on social and economic inequality.
In our conversation, we discussed what Christians have to say on the problem of and potential solutions to economic inequality, the effects of the pandemic on the church and its social action…and the immense value and challenge of staying united when we disagree with others, whether in the Church or in a political party. I hope that you enjoy the conversation.
- To learn more about Christians on the Left, see https://www.christiansontheleft.org.uk
- For Hannah’s piece on the sadness of social distancing, see https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2020/04/30/foodbank-blog. For Hannah’s report, Growing Good: Growth, Social Action and Discipleship in the Church of England see https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/research/2000/01/31/the-grace-project (a link to the report is provided); and on Marcus Rashford and foodbanks, see https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2020/06/17/marcus-rashford
- And for the report by New Local on mutual aid that Hannah mentioned, see https://www.newlocal.org.uk/publications/communities-vs-coronavirus-the-rise-of-mutual-aid