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The Family, the State and the Common Good

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The Family, the State and the Common Good

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Location: St Mary's Church, High Street, Putney, SW15 1SN

This will be the second of a series of three events which will be held over the next year in association with Theos and Together for the Common Good, and is kindly sponsored by CCLA.

What do we expect of families? Which responsibilities should families carry, and when should the state step in?

The event will be a discussion and debate on “The Family, the State and the Common Good” and the speakers will be:

  • Prof Philip Booth: Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Mark Molden: Mark is Chief Executive of Marriage Care, a national Catholic charity with a network of trained volunteers offering professional relationship counselling and marriage preparation for couples to help them sustain healthy relationships
  • Prof Sir Al Aynsley–Green: Sir Al served as first Children’s Commissioner for England 2005 to 2010 and is professor emeritus of child health at University College London and an internationally recognised authority on children’s services, child health and childhood
  • Cathy Corcoran OBE: Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre from 2003–2018

Wine and canapés follow the event. Doors open at 6.45pm, with the event starting at 7pm.

Entry to the church is via the ‘Putney Pantry’ (church cafe). The venue is fully accessible. Please use public transport to get to the venue (train station Putney and underground station Putney Bridge are close by, along with many bus links).

This debate is part of State, Society and Common Good, a series produced in partnership between Together for the Common Good, Theos think tank and the Benedict XVI Centre at St Mary’s University Twickenham. The debates are sponsored by CCLA, one of the UK's largest ethical fund managers for charities, religious organisations and the public sector.


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