Faith in Social Action event - Tuesday 24th May

Draft programme - subject to revision

Faith in Social Action: Where Next?

 A day conference for faith based practitioners, third sector leaders, researchers and policy makers

University of Westminster

24th May 2016



10.30     Refreshments and registration


11.00     Belief in Social Action: Key findings and debates:

Heather Buckingham and Steve Miller


11.20     Responses by grassroots faith activists, and plenary discussion


11.45     MORNING DISCUSSION GROUPS – mainly focused on issues faced by “front-

                line” local groups:

·         responding to welfare reform/austerity,

·         issues of capacity in faith groups,

·         the changing face of multi-faith working,

·         conflicted faith - helping those in need vs speaking out

·         other topics according to participants' interests


12.45     Reflective keynote: faith based social action in the context of the wider

                religion and belief landscape

Professor Adam Dinham


1.00       Lunch & market-place


1.45      From reactive to pro-active: faith based social action in a wider context:

Angus McCabe


2.00      AFTERNOON DISCUSSION GROUPS – mainly focused on national and

                strategic issues

All groups will have the chance to discuss all issues including:

·         How do we build effective local, regional and national networks

·         What are the key issues or areas of work for the faiths sector?

·         What are our learning and development needs?

·         How do we build strategic voice and influence?


3.00      Summary - pulling together the themes


3.30      Close


Rooms will be available for further networking until at least 4.30pm.