Date(s) - 26/11/2020
Please join us for Building Back Better: The Role of Faith – an all-day conference taking place on Thursday 26th November, from 10:30am. We are delighted to be joined by Lord Greenhalgh, Minister for Faith. You are invited to join us for all three sessions, or join us for any of the sessions you are interested in.
The event aims to learn from the past and present in order to celebrate the role of faith communities as crisis responders, but also to advocate for the centrality of faith communities in building and sustaining a more cohesive, connected, and prosperous society beyond the pandemic and Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Session One: 10:30 – 11.30pm The Church and Social Cohesion – Why is this important to Building Back Better?
Join us for the virtual launch of this insightful report, commissioned by the Free Churches Group: The Church and Social Cohesion: Connecting Communities and Serving People, hosted by FaithAction, to listen to a presentation from Theos on the findings of the report and participate in a panel discussion chaired by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP featuring:
- Hugh Osgood, Moderator of the Free Churches Group
- Madeleine Pennington, Head of Research at Theos
- Rev Dr. Joel Edwards CBE, formerly of Evangelical Alliance and Micah Challenge International
- Manmit Bhambra, Research Officer at the LSE’s Religion and Global Society Research Unit
Session Two: 12.20 – 2pm Faith in Crisis: How Have Faith Communities Responded to the Covid-19 Pandemic?
From the very beginning of the outbreak through to the present, faith communities have been at the heart of the response to COVID-19 in the UK. Join us to hear from the following speakers:
- A view from Government – with Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, Minister for Faith
- A view from local councils and regional leaders – with Chris Baker, the Faith and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, and David Sollis, FaithAction (facilitated by Marcus Jones, Premier Christian Radio)
- A view from Parliament – with Steve Double MP
- A view from faith leaders – including members of the Places of Worship Taskforce, Elizabeth Fewkes, Near Neighbours & Mandip Singh, Gurdwara Aid.
Followed by a virtual reception with the opportunity for attendees to feedback.
Session Three: 4-5pm Faith in the Future: What Role Should Faith Communities Play in Building Back Better?
In the midst of the current crisis, it is undeniable that faith communities have risen to the fore. Yet faith communities should not only be called upon when a crisis arrives. Instead, they ought to be recognised as key partners, and as integral members of the social fabric. This final session of the Building Back Better Conference will focus on the role that faith communities ought to play in societal efforts to build back better and sustain a more cohesive future, post COVID-19 and post-Brexit.
Join us to hear from a distinguished panel made up of members of different faiths and sectors, all discussing the question: What Role is There for Faith in the Future?
- Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director, FaithAction
- Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Department of Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham
- Dr Salman Waqar, Academic Clinical Fellow, Nuffield Department of Health Sciences, University of Oxford
- Mustafa Field, Director, Faiths Forum for London & Programme Director, Strengthening Faith Institutions
- Dr David Landrum, Director of Advocacy, Evangelical Alliance
Please feel free to share this invitation with your networks!
We look forward to seeing you there