Quakers reach out for co-operation on truth and integrity
Quakers concerned about the decline of integrity in public life and beyond have released a declaration, asking others to work with them.
Following a deepening concern over ethics in public office, the Quaker Truth and Integrity Group (QTIG) was officially recognised by Quakers in Britain in March this year and has already seen its worries raised in parliament.
“Truth and Integrity: Finding Common Ground" sets out their concerns and commitments, including the launch of a new national Quaker Truth Award to recognise exceptional contributions to truth and integrity in public life.
The world has entered a deeply troubling phase, the group say, with democracy itself under threat from the undermining of truth and integrity in politics, public and commercial life and social media.
QTIG believe the majority of those in public life are people of goodwill, and seek to work respectfully with them to reach “kinder ground".
We hope to open a conversation- QTIG
They hope to open a conversation around promoting higher standards of truth within the media, including social media, and encouraging constitutional reform and strengthening accountability.
Quakers in Britain are already working with MPs, peers and staff on this issue, and briefed 60 MPs ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on the subject in September this year.
QTIG endorses the Nolan principles and will work to ensure they continue to govern public life, supported by the new Quaker Truth Award.
"We hope this Declaration will serve to unite Quakers around a sustained course of action to promote greater Truth and Integrity in our public life.
“We are looking to find partners, people all across the political spectrum who are of good faith and goodwill, so that we can engage together in this urgent and vital work of transformation," said Gerald Hewitson, clerk to QTIG.