People, Place, and Purpose: Churches and Neighbourhood Resilience
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In the 28th episode of The Sacred, Elizabeth Oldfield talks to Chief Executive of Humanists UK, Andrew Copson. 12/12/2018
Andrew Copson is Chief Executive of Humanists UK, previously known as the British Humanist Association, and was formerly Director of Education and Public Affairs at the same organisation. He is also President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the global umbrella body for atheist, humanist, sceptic and secularist organisations. He has contributed to several books on secularism and humanism and is the author of Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom.
In this episode he discusses his childhood in the midlands, his sacred values of freedom, family and community, and how Blair’s backing of faith schools in the late nineties felt like a disruption of destiny. The episode also covers the pressures on campaigning organisations around integrity, navigating adversarial situations productively and the sometimes unspoken challenges of being friends across divides.
This episode was edited for content and clarity. If you would like to listen to the full version, you can access it here: Thesacredpodcast – 28–andrew–copson–full–interview
Elizabeth is Theos’ Director. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Financial Times and delivering Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Posted 12 December 2018
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