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Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief

Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief

The British Academy and Faith & Belief Forum launch new report ‘Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief’ authored by Madeleine Pennington.

The British Academy and Faith & Belief Forum invite you to the launch of 'Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief', a new report which charts social cohesion policy in the UK as it relates to faith and belief, and examines the practical impact of the faith and belief sector on communities through a series of case studies.

The report has been externally commissioned, and was authored by Dr Madeleine Pennington, Head of Research at Theos. Madeleine will present the key findings of the report. Following this, a panel of experts will provide brief contributions, before a Q&A session with Madeleine and the panel. The event will be chaired by Professor Dominic Abrams, Professor of Social Psychlogy, and Director, Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent and Fellow of the British Academy.


Professor Tariq Modood FBA - Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy, and Director, Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol; Fellow of the British Academy

Phil Champain - Director, The Faith & Belief Forum

Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti - Research Associate, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge; British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for her project entitled 'Beyond 'Sectarianism?''

Jeremy Rodell - Dialogue Officer, Humanists UK

Additional speaker to be confirmed

When? Tuesday 21 July, 3.00-4.30pm

Where? Zoom (a link will be sent to confirmed participants)

Confirmed participants will receive an embargoed copy of the report in advance of the event.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Anna Bradshaw,

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Madeleine Pennington

Madeleine Pennington

Madeleine is Head of Research at Theos. She holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford, and previously worked as a research scholar at a retreat and education centre in Philadelphia. She is the author of ‘The Christian Quaker: George Keith and the Keithian Controversy’ (Brill: 2019), ‘Quakers, Christ and the Enlightenment’ (OUP, 2021), ‘The Church and Social Cohesion: Connecting Communities and Serving People’ (Theos, 2020), and ‘Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief’ (British Academy, 2020). Outside of Theos, she sits on the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations.

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