Welcome to CSM Renewal 2007

Welcome to CSM Renewal 2007. This blog is for members of the Christian Socialist Movement who are interested in renewing and changing CSM. In Proverbs it says: "Where there is no vision the people perish" (Prov 29:18). We fear that CSM is perishing from lack of vision, and we need to renew CSM: - Prayerfully restore CSM’s values and objects to the heart of everything it does; - Actively be the prophetic conscience of the Labour Party and a prophetic voice to the churches; - Boldly take a stand against the religious right and campaign to make poverty, social justice and the environment mainstream Christian issues; - Sustainably ensure CSM’s financial security without accepting sponsorship from organisations that compromise our values; - Immediately make CSM fit for purpose and the organisation more democratic, accountable and Christian. Find out more about our new vision for CSM below, and if you like it sign up to CSM Renewal 2007.

Thursday, 18 January 2007

“Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.” [Habakkuk 2:2-3]

Making the vision plain

The Christian Socialist Movement has to make its vision plain. But it also has to develop realistic strategies to achieve sustainability and better work out its values in politics, or it will perish. Hence the vision and the strategies need not just to be developed, but written down and followed: “made plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.”

CSM is in an excellent position to do this. It has a strong set of values and objects that its members have pledged to work in prayer and political action to achieve. CSM’s values are attractive not just to its members but potentially to many in the churches and in the Labour Party.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We choose one value, one object, one strategy. Unwinding poverty in our own nation is where we start. Unequal ownership and control of every basic need of humanity is clear. But there is more to life than the nation state as simply an enterprise. Our truest wealth is made of what we share of what we know.

Anonymous said...

Has CSM stopped the values debate? Will it continue?

Phoebe said...

Thanks for writing this.