The Church and Social Cohesion: Connecting Communities and Serving People
This report, commissioned by the Free Churches Group, investigates how churches in England contribute to social cohesion. (2020)
Theos will be launching our latest report Religious London.
Almost 250,000 people left London prior to the lockdown on 23 March 2020. Once the immediate effects of the pandemic are behind us, the inevitable trade–offs of city life – thriving cultural, social and public spaces at the expense of a larger property with access to green space – might not be viewed so positively. A new case will have to be made for the benefits of living and working in this city.
The findings from our latest report, Religious London, reveal that London is a more religious city, both in terms of numbers and in terms of the intensity of religious practice. London’s religious make up has complex and surprising effects, making it a more socially conservative city than is sometimes understood. But it also means that London is a more civically minded, neighbourly and resilient place.
Twenty years after the establishment of the London Assembly and Mayoralty, and with postponed elections on the horizon in May 2021, now is the time to reflect on London’s past, present and future.
Join us online on 24th June at 7.30pm to hear report authors Paul Bickley and Nathan Mladin in conversation with Janet Daby (Labour MP for Lewisham East), Tony Travers (Director, The Institute of Public Affairs at the LSE) and Mustafa Field (Director, Faiths Forum for London).
Talking points will include:
What role can religious communities play in the city’s recovery?
How can we help London’s religious communities cope and thrive in a new normal?
What are the likely future trends in London’s religious demography?
The event will be held on Zoom.
You can now watch the event recording here:
Paul is Research Fellow at Theos. His background is in Parliament and public affairs, and he holds an MLitt from the University of St Andrews’ School of Divinity.
Online (Zoom webinar)
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