Everything about this election has felt unusual. I guess an unexpected election in uncertain times is bound to feel slightly strange especially with the uncertainties of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations lying ahead. Chairing hustings meetings (organised by local churches and Christian organisations) has given me something of an inside view of what the general public want to find out about and what makes candidates feel most uncomfortable. There have been a range of topics discussed including the economy, social care provision, leadership and education policy. However, in the light of the evil tragedy of the Manchester attack, one of the areas that has provoked interesting debate has been ‘How do we protect people from violent extremism yet preserve our civil and religious liberties?’ (http://engage17.org.uk/justice/religious-liberty) It is one of those questions that allows the constituents to find out more about the values of their candidates gaining an insight into the kind of person that is asking for their vote. So, with one week to go there are still many church-based hustings meetings to participate in (http://engage17.org.uk/have-your-say/your-local-hustings). They are such an important way that the church brings people together to hear debate and become better informed about who to vote for on June 8th. Whatever else is uncertain, thankfully it’s not unusual to see the local church serving the community in this way, so let’s make the most of the opportunity!