The Faith and Finance Fair, hosted by the University of Bristol, Public Spirit and FaithAction will bring together faith-based and community organisations, researchers and others to share information that can help boost social action and shape local delivery. 11 July 2016, Woburn House Conference Centre, London, WC1H 9HQ
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.
JONATHAN CHAPLIN: Successive UK governments have been working to engage with faith communities on issues of ‘integration’ for over a decade. But the coalition replicates familiar ambiguities at the heart of government thinking about ‘faith’ and ‘multiculturalism’.
STEVEN KETTELL: Participation in the Big Society has been welcomed by the majority of religious organisations as a means of promoting a greater role for faith in the public sphere. Such an outcome, however, appears to be unlikely. Assumptions of a link between faith and volunteering are flawed, and processes of secularisation pose serious challenges.
PAUL BICKLEY: It has been three years since the good ship Coalition embarked on its course; three years since Cameron and Clegg stood in 10 Downing Street’s rose garden heralding a ‘new politics’. Three years, arguably, in which the pessimists have been vindicated. But if the grand narrative has been one of disappointment, what can be said of the relationship between the government and faith groups?
DANIEL NILSSON DEHANAS ET AL: The Conservative-led government has been bold in giving Christian heritage a central place in its rhetoric and in initiatives such as Near Neighbours. In multi-faith contemporary Britain, is the government charting a course that shuts out burgeoning populations such as British Muslims?