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London 2021 – religion, politics and leadership – what’s the picture?

London 2021 – religion, politics and leadership – what’s the picture?

In the run–up to the mayoral election, we revisit our former research and ask if the pandemic has shifted public perceptions of religion.

The Theos report, Religious London revealed that London is the most religious region of Great Britain, 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.

We argued that London’s political leaders need to learn how to do God, and London’s religious leaders needed to do politics – engaging in the big challenges facing the city.

Join Paul Bickley and Nick Spencer on 29th April 12.30pm BST for this lunchtime conversation, as we revisit this research to ask if the pandemic has shifted public perceptions of religion, transformed relationships between public and religious leaders, and how religion might help (or hinder) the city’s recovery.

We’ll be talking about a range of issues: the rise of faith–based social action, shifting patterns of religious engagement and practice, and vaccine hesitancy.

You can download the report here . Please note this event will not be recorded. Zoom webinar link will be sent upon registering.


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Paul Bickley

Paul Bickley

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.



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