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In some cases we do make policy recommendations – on distinguishing civil partnership arrangements from the religious act of blessing and supporting marriage, on the need to end discrimination on the basis of faith in schools, on democratising the second chamber in parliament, on keeping creationism out of the science curriculum, and so on.
But more frequently we seek to suggest alternative angles and approaches to well-worn issues: religion in public life, church-state relations, responding to terrorism without fear, alternatives to prison, justice for migrants, questioning the economics of unbridled affluence, handling religious fundamentalism, moving from peace-keeping to peacemaking, tackling religion and violence, questioning the morality of immigration controls, rethinking hate speech and cultural freedom, supporting environmental action, promoting fair trade and living wages, backing a new discourse on race and faith politics, arguing with the dominance of the nation state, and more.
We are also pleased to be able to converse and cooperate with a whole variety of other networks – from Inclusive Church to the Anabaptist Network UK, from Affirming Catholicism to the British Humanist Association, from Christian Peacemaker Teams to the New Generation Network of progressive Asian voices.