Learning for the Social Sphere and Public Life
For most Christians, discipleship is lived and exercised in the civil society and public life, as Christians seek an informed engagement with issues at work or in voluntary work. Such engagement covers issues of economics, environment, education, culture, crime, politics, and so forth.
This area of the learning and development aims to help resource Christians in their engagement in the social and public sphere, and will foster engagement with these issues, and with practical, political and prophetic theology.
Churches Togther in Britain and Ireland
CBTI have a good website exploring the Church's engagement with public issues. Please click here.
Westminister Faith Debates
The Westminster Faith Debates bring together leading academics and public figures to debate the latest research on religion and values. The debates, which explore different themes, are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Lancaster University, and so are open to the public free of charge
A series of debates taking place in Oxford this autumn are on The Future of the Church of England
William Temple Foundation
The William Temple foundation generate ideas about the impact of religion on civil society,wellbeing, politics and economics, and urban change. It is associated with the Centre for Faiths and Public Policy (CFPP) at the University of Chester. For information about the Foundation's research, please see here.
Resourcing Christian Community Action
A Church of England initiative, bringing together as a catalyst current best practice in providing Christian care in local communities with the resources and knowledge needed to multiply those good works across the country over the coming years.
The Faithworks movement was founded in 2001 by Oasis Trust to raise awareness of the role the Church plays within local communities. Faithworks seeks to:
- Empower and inpire Christians and churches to develop their role at the hub of their local community
- Challenge and change public perception of the church by engaging with government and the media
- Encourage unity and partnership