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New Report on Public Faith and Finance

A new report from the University of Bristol on Public Faith and Finance highlights the role and contributions of faith organisations in responding to the financial crisis and austerity politics.

Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

The place of religion in public life in Britain and so many other countries has changed remarkably in the last couple of decades. The renewed public character of religion rightly makes us think anew about the place of religion in the national life of the country and our sense of national identity in a time of rapid change. It is in this context that the Woolf Institute at Cambridge created the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life. Public Spirit asked six contributors who study or work with religion in the public sphere, to look at some of the questions that the Commission has posed and the general context of where we are today in relation to the phenomenon of religion in public life.

What role do faith-based organisations play in supporting people in financial need?

Drawing on preliminary results from Faith and Finance Survey, we are uncovering a variety of ways in which faith-based organisations and charities are making a significant contribution to alleviating poverty, tackling financial exclusion and advocating ethical products and interest-free forms of credit.