Religious organisations and local economies

Faith in the CitySince the publication of the report Faith in the City by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas in 1985, the relationship between religion and local economic well-being has been a matter of intense political interest and argument. This continues up until the present day, with the coalition’s ‘localism agenda’ again placing the spotlight on the impact religious organisations have on their surrounding communities.

In April, Public Spirit will host a collection of articles on the theme of ‘faith and local economies’. It will look at the subject from a range of different perspectives, examining the notion of ‘asset-based community development’, the concept of ‘progressive localism’ and the economic value and impact of faith-based organisations.

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