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Trust in Public Life: Spring 2022

How important is trust in public life? How do public servants engender and sustain it? What do they do when it fails?

For many, trust starts with God, which provides a wider narrative and moral vision within which to operate. How can Christian theology help engender trust across divided communities?

For all, trust requires an ability to trust oneself to make sound judgements whilst remaining aware of the confounding factors of unconscious bias and misperception. Failure to attend to our own internal moral formation results in more and more external rules to govern behaviour. How is self-trust developed and sustained?

The work of ruling and running the country takes place within the established institutions of state including Parliament, the Civil Service, the Judiciary, the Police, the Armed Forces and the Security Services. How do these institutions make themselves trustworthy?

In a democracy, the people are required to choose their leaders and to respect the rule of law. Do we trust ourselves to fulfil these responsibilities? How should we think of ‘the people’ in a way that promotes trust in public life?

Josie Rourke

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Marilynne Robinson giving a lecture at Westminster Abbey in 2017

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