The Jubilee offers society an opportunity to fundamentally reassess its value systems, the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, claims in a new pamphlet to be delivered to every MP.
In Jubilee then and now: A big idea for the 21st century, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres argues: 'The 2012 Jubilee offers us an opportunity to pause and reflect not only on an extraordinary reign but also on what the Jubilee could mean to us as a nation.'
'Contemporary society lacks any credible narrative to release energies for the profound changes which are necessary,' he adds. 'We need to go further than a bare recital of economic indicators and embrace a common vision that offers us hope.
'But it will need courage to rebalance the scales. Government needs to do less, and do more to enable all the various bodies within civil society to do what they do best, rather than preventing them by tying them up in rules and regulations. But at the same time it is also necessary to rein in the market which has ruled supreme over the last 30 years.'
In the pamphlet, the Bishop examines the biblical origins of Jubilee and argues that moving forward to a 'new and sustainable normal' is an urgent priority. He notes that, in the Bible, Jubilee was a year of celebration, restoration, inclusion and hope. The Bishop also refers to the Queen's own lively Christian faith which sustains her work.
The Bible Society publication, released to coincide with the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Society's Patron is being widely distributed, including to every MP.
The initiative comes as a new poll reveals that only 12% of people know that the term Jubilee comes from the Bible. The ComRes poll of over 2,000 adults, for Bible Society, shows that 55% of people plan to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, with 14% attending a street party.