After Grenfell: the Faith Groups’ Response
A study into the responses of faith groups to the Grenfell Tower tragedy on 14th June 2017. (2018)
On 6th June 2018, in advance of the one year anniversary of the Grenfell fire, St Clement’s Church, which stands at the heart of the community, and Theos hosted an evening to reflect on the faith groups’ response.
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The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 shocked the nation. A personal tragedy that claimed over 70 lives and affected many more, it exposed inequalities and tensions but also a strong sense of community and resilience and, in particular, a wide range of faith groups that are embedded in the community, and that responded practically, pastorally and professionally in a time of serious need and confusion.
In advance of the one year anniversary of the fire, the parish of St Clement and St James and Theos hosted an evening to reflect on the faith groups’ response. The evening marked the launch of two publications: Theos’ report After Grenfell: the Faith Groups’ Response by Amy Plender, and After the Fire: Finding Words for Grenfell by Alan Everett, Vicar of St Clement and St James. After Grenfell draws on over 30 interviews with faith groups across the community to understand how they were able to respond in the way they did. After the Fire is a moving and penetrating account of Alan’s experience at the heart of the mass disaster.
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