Featured Events and Projects

New project: RE 4 Real – What do school leavers really need to know about religion and belief?

The Faiths & Civil Society Unit (FCSU) at Goldsmiths, University of London is undertaking a cutting-edge project to explore what school leavers really need to know and understand about religion and belief in the contemporary world. This takes place in the context of a newly invigorated national conversation around the future of RE underway in the UK, which reveals a lack of clarity about how and where learning about religion and belief should take place, what it should consist of, and what it should be for.

Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

National Consultation open until 31 October 2014 The  Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life has the following terms of reference: to consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, and the significance of emerging trends and identities to examine how ideas of Britishness and national identity may be inclusive of a range of religions and beliefs, and may in turn influence people’s self-understanding to … Continued

Faith in the Public Realm: ‘Near Neighbours – can Christians do public faith for everyone?’

On 14th May the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, will host a seminar on the theme ‘Near Neighbours – can Christians do public faith for everyone?’ The seminar is part of a series of lectures on the subject of ‘faith in the public realm’ (17.00 to 19.00). The event will be led by two contributors to Public Spirit: Professor Adam Dinham, Goldsmiths, University of London Dilwar … Continued

Faith in the Public Realm: How do governments ‘do God’?

On 12th March the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, will host a seminar on the theme “How do governments ‘do God’?” The seminar is part of a series of lectures on the subject of ‘faith in the public realm’. It will involve a panel discussion between: Lord Singh of Wimbledon Warwick Hawkins, Head of Faith Communities Engagement Dr. Chris Baker, Director of Research at the … Continued

Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, spring seminars

February will see the start of the spring seminar series at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. This term the series will cover subjects including religious schools, slavery and race, ethnic revival among Japanese Americans and the commemoration of martyrdom in Israel and Palestine. The full spring 2014 programme is below. Unless otherwise stated, all seminars will take place at 5 pm … Continued

New Westminster Faith Debates series, ‘Global Religious Trends’

February 2014 will see a new series of Westminster Faith Debates on the subject of ‘Global Religious Trends’. Moving on from its origins in the Religion and Society Programme, the series covers topics such as religious freedom, peace-building and overseas development. They are open to the public free of charge, and bring together leading academics and public figures to debate the latest research on religion and values. The Westminster Faith … Continued

Symposium on Sacred and Secular: Politics, Policy and Practice

The 1st Symposium on Sacred and Secular: Politics, Policy and Practice will take place on Wednesday 8 January 2014at Goldsmiths, University of London. The Symposium aims to open up a collaborative and interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers, academics and everyone influenced by academic research, and to collate knowlege and underline facts surround faith and belief in relation to the three Ps; Politics, Policy and Practice.

Faith and governance: why local context matters

Part of the Thinking Futures festival, 7th November, Watershed, Bristol, 6-8pm Debates about faith participation in governance are vigorously contested, but all too regularly the distinctive challenges faced in different local contexts and the varying impact of national-level debates on different areas are neglected. Within the media and in the academic study of faith participation there has been a tendency to concentrate on the public pronouncements of politicians and policy … Continued

Public Spirit launch event, 23 October 2013, Westminster, London

Public Spirit will hold its launch event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre at 4pm on 23 October 2013 in partnership with FaithAction, the Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society. The event will be introduced by Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the APPG, and will coincide with the release of the first issue of Public Spirit’s quarterly magazine. During the launch we will host a debate on … Continued