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Annual Lecture 2017

Wednesday 22nd November, Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London | 7pm-8.30pm

Engaging a Politics of Hope – Economics, Belief and the Environment
Jonathan Bartley

Green Party co-leader and founder of the Ekklesia think tank Jonathan Bartley delivered the William Temple Foundation Annual Lecture in 2017

On the day the autumn budget was announced, Jonathan’s lecture considered new forms of politics and economics, ideas of stewardship and creation in relation to the environment and other policy areas, and how religion and belief inhabits the current public political landscape.

You can watch the video of Jonathan’s lecture and also download a transcript here.


.Selected Past Events

In March 2015 Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, presented the inaugural William Temple Foundation annual lecture to a 130-strong audience at Leeds Civic Hall.

In November 2014 we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of Archbishop William Temple with  ‘Reclaiming the Public Space’ at the People’s History Museum, Manchester..



Recent Events

Malvern 2017 – Faith, Belief and Nation-building
Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd June 2017
St George’s House, Windsor

A major consultation involving global thinkers from across all sectors of public life and belief traditions, as well as grassroots practitioners and activists, was hosted at St George’s House, Windsor.  The consultation, devised and instigated by the William Temple foundation, University of Chester, University of Worcester, Saltley Trust, University of Warwick, and the University of Birmingham, aims to curate a deep and strategic conversation about nation building and the role of institutional faiths and belief (both religious and nonreligious) in that task.

Book launch: Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent | Dr John Reader
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford | 3pm – 5pm

Associate Research Fellow Dr John Reader launches his new book Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent. With support from the William Temple Foundation, a panel presentation and debate will be accompanied by light refreshments in the Danson Room at Trinity College, Oxford.

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