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Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope Paperback – 15 April 2021
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It is now three years since Justin Welby first published his Reimagining Britain. The fundamental message of that book remains as urgent as ever. But in this revised and expanded edition, Welby has taken fully into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and all the social and political unrest that has ensued. If anything, the new edition of Archbishop Welby's book is even more important than its predecessor. Here is a radical vision for 21st century Britain.
The thesis of this book is that the work of reimagining is as great as it was in 1945, and will happen either by accident - and thus badly - or deliberately. Welby explores the areas in which values are translated into action, including the traditional three of recent history: health (especially public, and mental), housing and education. To these he adds family; the environment; economics and finance; peacebuilding and overseas development; immigration; and integration. He looks particularly at the role of faith groups in enabling, and contributing to, a fairer future.
When so many are immobilized by political turmoil, this book builds on our past to offer hope for the future, and practical ways of achieving a more equitable society.
Justin Welby's voice is powerful and distinctive. He writes with verve and insight. Reimagining Britain is a work of supreme timeliness. ― Lord [Peter] Hennessy of Nympsfield
A brave, passionate and provocative case for community, courage and stability, not simply as concepts for debate but as foundations for practical change - for ourselves, for each other and for those we will never meet. ― Loretta Minghella, OBE
With an astonishing range of understanding and a perspective both global and granular, Justin Welby identifies values that are true to our heritage and fertile for our hope ... Archbishop Ramsey once told priests to be 'with God with the people on your heart'; here Archbishop Welby is with God with the nation on his heart, and the result is rigour and compassion in equal measure. ― The Revd Dr Sam Wells
[T]his call to a strong sense of national narrative, collective responsibility and a shared moral code is both powerful and timely. ― Rabbi Lord [Jonathan] Sacks
This is a book bristling with energy and ideas. Written against a wide canvas of historical narrative and critique, it is a fast-moving appeal for the fashioning of deeper virtue, expressed in action, in the form of a shared narrative of our identity and purpose. ― Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
This courageous and perceptive call to mobilise for the common good of Britain comes at a crucial time. No other leader has offered such a powerful combination of realism, depth and practical priorities. ― David F. Ford OBE, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
Bigger than politics and broader than religion - a timely and inspiring read that requires response ― Paula Vennells, Chief Executive of the Post Office
An important contribution to understanding how the UK can not only move forward but flourish by reimagining its narrative of hope. ― Bishop Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop-elect of London
The archbishop of Canterbury's blueprint for a revitalised nation draws on values that cross religious and secular divides . Welby's book lifts our doleful eyes above the morass of Brexit to state some crucial truths. ― Guardian
[A] beautifully written and accessible account of Britain in a post-Brexit world, which starts from a point of hope, openness and generosity of spirit as well as a belief in the power of politicians to create the conditions for a self-confident and outward-looking country. ― The Tablet
This is a bold, visionary book which deserves to be widely read ― Methodist Recorder
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Continuum (15 April 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472984978
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472984975
- Dimensions : 15.27 x 2.46 x 21.62 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 413,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Archbishop calls for a 're imagining' of Britain as a nation. What's our story, our meta-narrative, what is it that drives our national and local life? He sets out family, education, health (especially mental health), housing (with community), economics and finance, as the building blocks of a healthy society.
A key strand of Welby's manifesto is the vital role of local, intermediate organisations such as churches and other faith groups, clubs and charities. These are essential for our living well at a local level and should be nurtured and encouraged, and adequately resourced by central government. Similarly, the lower levels of government at parish and district level should have powers and finance devolved to them so that they can effectively serve the people in their areas.
Parish churches,with clergy who know their areas well, can play a key part in revitalising our nation.
A good read, with much ground covered. A detailed, comprehensive 'political' manifesto for a reimagined Britain, at ease with itself, being hospitable and a beacon of hope in an uncertain world.
Food for thought for anyone with influence at any level in society.
The author makes the statement or hopeless attempt to say this is not a political 'manifesto.' Despite the claim it reads very much like a manifesto but... a brilliant one! If he was a politician this book would certainly convince me to cast my vote for him in the ballot box at a General Election.
This book is a blue-print for a hopeful future in a post- Brexit UK. Overcoming issues like Racism, Xenophobia, Nationalism and to be more loving to those who have migrated here from overseas and for those who are poor. To contribute in creating a warm hearted haven for those who look to our shores to find a brighter future where there can be human flourishment.
It talks about the struggles the country has faced in the aftermath of WWII and what was done to create foundations for hope and what we should do to thrive in a post Brexit Britain.
I can't talk about every chapter of this book but it highlights how important it is to have a country that lives and works like a community in a spiritual and secular way. A country that fights for peace and justice and the common good. A country that exhibits virtues .
It may read like an unrealistic Utopia to some but it's not impossible should everyone do their part...