Christian Socialists choose theologian as new leader
The Christian Socialist Movement (CSM), an organization affiliated to the Labour Party to promote ìvalues-based socialism and faith-based social actionî has appointed leading theologian Andrew Bradstock as its new General Secretary. He will succeed Graham Dale, who left CSM to join evangelical development agency World Vision in August 2004.
Bradstock currently works as Secretary for Church and Society with the United Reformed Church at the denomination's London headquarters. Besides campaigning on issues like international debt and editing Christian Socialist magazine for three years, he has taught theology and written widely on faith and politics.
Among the new CSM leader's books is 'Radical Christian Writings', co-edited with Professor Christopher Rowland from the University of Oxford. It traces the long history of Christian dissent and social action.
Speaking exclusively to Ekklesia, Andrew Bradstock said, ìCSM has many roles, and one is to be a link between UK churches and the Labour Party: I look forward to helping to keep a conversation between the two going - which will be particularly important in the run-up to a General Election."