... to the first edition of the William Temple Foundation quarterly newsletter.
There have been a number of exciting changes at the Foundation over the past few months. You've probably already seen our brand new website and noticed our bright and bold new branding -- and we hope that you like it!
With over 65 years of history behind us, our past is essential to the Foundation's mission and aims, but we are also looking towards the future as we aim to grow and reach new audiences. Read more about our rebranding here.
Reclaiming the Public Space: Archbishop William Temple 70th Anniversary Conference
We are very pleased to announce that on Monday 10 November we will host an exciting, high-profile conference featuring prominent speakers from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Featuring Prof Craig Calhoun, Lord Raymond Plant, Prof Linda Woodhead and many more, the conference marks the 70th anniversary of Archbishop William Temple's death.
Exploring the role of religion in contemporary public life, as well as looking at the legacy of William Temple's visionary thinking, the conference aims to bring together academics, clergy, community activists, and policy makers to learn from one another.
Research, Events and Activities Our staff and Associate Research Fellows have had a busy few months undertaking research, presenting at conferences, delivering training and joining discussion groups and networks to share ideas on the role of religion in public life. Here are some of the highlights and details of what's coming-up:
John Atherton is currently completing a book titled, 'The Wealth, Wellbeing and Inequalities of Nations: Challenging Religious Studies'. John's book will be launched at our November conference.
John Reader is completing a book titled 'A Philosophy of Christian Materialism' written with Chris Baker and Tom James. As a member of the advisory group for the Philosophy and Religious Practices Network, John reported back from their recent conference.
Ian Steedman's latest book 'Full Industry Equilibrium: A Theory of the Industrial Long-Run' written with Arrigo Opocher, has been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press. Ian will visit the University of Graz, Austria, as an external examiner in June.
Charlotte Dando is contributing towards a project led by the Dialogue Society cumulating in a conference and a book on dialogue theories. Charlotte's recent magazine article 'The interfaith movement: learning to see difference differently' was published by Islam Today.
On the Blog
One of the most interactive and engaging elements of the William Temple Foundation website is our new blog. Here you will find up-to-date commentary and debate on the role of religion in public life, as well as previews and discussion on our latest research. Be sure to check regularly for new posts, and join the discussion by adding to the comments section.
The Foundation has dropped the former moniker of 'research institute' now describing ourselves more accurately as a research and ideas hub. Whilst our staff and Associate Research Fellows continue to produce in-depth, innovative empirical research,there is so much more to the Foundation.
Beyond publications we connect clergy, church workers, community activists andacademics, understanding that they can learn from one another. We believe that creative academic work is improved by interaction with everyday activities. Likewise grassroots activists may benefit from engagement with academic theory and empirical research. In this way, we seek to build a bridge between high-level theory and research, and everyday application and practice.
To truly be a hub of ideas we need lots of interested people, just like you, to get involved -- join the conversation on our blog, or better still, suggest a topic for your own guest blog; join us at our November conference; read and share our research; and if you enjoyed reading this email, why not forward it to a friend and invite them to sign-up to the newsletter.