Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

CRBBPL imageNational 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 explore how shared understandings of the common good may contribute to greater levels of mutual trust and collective action, and to a more harmonious society
  • to make recommendations for public life and policy

The commission would like to know your views on the following general questions:

  1. Do you feel at ease with the diversity of modern British society in terms of religion and belief?
  2. Are the current systems of civil and criminal law in the UK satisfactory in relation to issues of religion and belief, and to the overlap between these and issues of race and ethnicity?
  3. Do the media accurately and helpfully portray issues of religion and belief, and communities and groups identified by religion or belief?
  4. Are issues of religion and belief well handled in the curricula of the UK’s systems of education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, and in relevant systems of training and continuing development?
  5. Should faith-based organisations be involved in social and political action and, if so, in what ways and to what extent?
  6. How should disagreements be handled between and within different traditions and communities, and between these and other interests in public life and wider society?

The Commission can be contacted at: The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU. Email: The deadline for submission of responses is 31 October 2014. See 

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