An independent faith-based research institution
The rock on which we stand
The Foundation aims to embody some of the key principles and ways of working epitomised by William Temple's political and theological approach to the public sphere: radical and prophetic, evidential and progressive, rooted in tradition but open to collaboration as a response to deep-seated historical and cultural change. Chris Baker's article ‘The rock on which we stand’ - the mission of the William Temple Foundation' first appeared in the 2012 Summer edition of the Crucible journal.
We aim to continue the visionary thinking of Archbishop William Temple about the ongoing search for a just and inclusive society.
We research into:
- Faith-based engagement in civil society
- Contribution of religion to wellbeing and happiness
- Postsecular Cities
- Religion and Political Economy - including the Religious Futures Network
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Dr Chris Baker to speak at Public Policy Exchange conference
Dr Chris Baker is giving a keynote address at a forthcoming conference organised by the Public Policy Exchange, entitled: ‘Daring to engage with belief: faith as a catalyst for a local progressive politics?’ The conference explores the theme : ‘Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion: Strengthening Partnership Working Between Local Authorities and the Voluntary and Faith Sectors’ and will be held on Wednesday 11th December in Westminster, Central London.
Exciting new events on religion, politics and public policy
The Centre for Faiths and Public Policy is pleased to announce four new events for 2014. The Centre, a partnership enterprise between the University of Chester and the William Temple Foundation, exists to promote greater knowledge, understanding and analysis of the relationship between religion and public policy and wider public life in the UK and beyond.
19th February: Desire lines? Joining dots in local communities Another innovative event in the Urban Shifts series bringing practitioners and researchers on faith-based engagements in the city.
6th March: ‘Saving’ Africa: Reform, top-down or bottom-up? A case study in public theology Another Religion and Public Life Project network event for researchers and practitioners reflecting theologically and strategically on the role of religion in UK public life.
8th - 9th April: Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy (International Conference) The final event in the AHRC-Sponsored network exploring the impact of religious and philosophical ideas on public space and public policy.
12th June: Missio Dei? Evangelicalism and the New Politics A groundbreaking multi-disciplinary conference exploring the rise of evangelical, pentecostal and charismatic influence on politics and public policy from the perspective of practice, theology and sociology. UK and international perspectives welcome.
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New Publisher for Crucible Journal
The academic journal Crucible is now being published by SCM Press. Crucible is sponsored by the William Temple Foundation together with the Church of England's department for Mission and Public Affairs, and the University of Chester's Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
Faith & Finance
Recent interest in Islamic banking, and the renewed debate on the relationship between religion and economics reflects a key area of interest for the Foundation. Our 2006 report Faiths and Finance: A Place for Faith-Based Economics anticipates many of the current debates and offers comprehensive yet concise definitions of many key Islamic legal terms and concepts. And Professor John Atherton gave a paper entitled "The Wellbeing of Nations: Future Directions for Political Economy and Christianity" at the 'Re-membering the Past - Living the Future - Lutheran traditon in transition' global conference at Uppsala University on October 8th - 10th 2013. A condensed version is available here.
William Temple Foundation in Birmingham
A follow-up event to the first meeting of the regional William Temple Foundation group in the West Midlands has been planned for the 26th November at 1.00 - 4.00 pm at Church House in Birmingham. The network aims to draw together faith practitioners to reflect on the challenges and opportunities for faith in the public sphere in the West Midlands area. Further details: email@example.com
New Assistant Director Appointed
The trustees of the William Temple Foundation are thrilled to announce the appointment of Charlotte Dando as Assistant Director for Communications and Development. Charlotte started her new post on November 1st 2013. Read our press release for further details.
Entangled, Enveloped or Enchanted? How should we interpret the sudden courting of the Church of England by the Coalition government in the areas of Education and Welfare? Read John Reader's think piece and join the Twitter debate.
Chris Baker gave a paper at a Public Policy Exchange forum on the subject of Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion - Strengthening Partnership Working between Local Authorities and Voluntary and Faith Groups on June 6th 2013. His paper was entitled:The Postsecular Public Space, Spiritual Capital and a Progressive Politics of Hope
The Foundation's 2006 report Faith In Action - the dynamic connection between spiritual and religious capital continues to be cited extensively, most recently in the excellent report by Dr Rachael Chapman of Northumbria University for the Local Government Association entitled Faith and Belief in Partnership (2012). The report will be instrumental in shaping how local authorities now engage with faith groups within the context of an increasingly decentralised and austerity-driven social policy landscape.
Recent Research papers
- Chris Baker and Justin Beaumont (University of Groningen) chaired three sessions at the Association of American Geographers Conference in Los Angeles (April 9th - 13th, 2013) on the themes of 'Rising to the Challenge - defining the contours of a new 21st century critical urban theory' (PDF 415K). It builds on the success of their jointly-edited book Postsecular Cities - Space, Theory and Practice published in 2011. A followup article and book are planned in 2014.
- The latest conference for the Philosophy and Religious Practices Network (see above for details) was entitled Buddhism and Human Flourishing and was held on June 25th at the University of Chester. The day explored the current philosophical debates within Buddhism and the impact of its traditions and practice on public life.
- Hear a podcast of Chris Baker's latest paper on the research findings from WTF's Leverhulme Research Project on Religious and Spiritual Capital (2007 - 2010) which develops ideas of religious groups and moral freighting. It was delivered on the 5th September 2012 at the Religions and Society Conference on the theme of New Forms of Public Religion, held at St John's College, Cambridge. http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/publications/podcasts/show/nfpr_conference_presentation_baker