Shaping debate on religion in public life.

Religion, the Postsecular and Urban Change

Our research contributes towards progressive, practical changes in church and faith communities, public policy and academia. Following the visionary thinking and social concerns of Archbishop William Temple, our research promotes economic, social and political wellbeing.

Introduction

The Foundation has long recognised the close relationship between urban change (brought about through globalisation and gentrification) and the new public resurgence of religion. We have pioneered the relationship between theologians, practitioners and urban geographers. We continue to research the challenges and opportunities for religion to create just, flourishing and sustainable urban environments, in partnership with other actors and agencies.

Books

Baker C. (2007) The Hybrid Church in the City – Third Space Thinking (Ashgate).

The Hybrid Church in the City – Third Space Thinking 2nd edition (2009) (London: SCM/Canterbury Press.

Green, L. and C. Baker (eds) (2008) Building Utopia? – seeking the authentic church for the new communities (London: SPCK)

Beaumont, J and C. Baker (eds.) (2011), Postsecular Cities – space, theory and praxis, 290 pages, London and New York: Continuum.

Christopher Baker, Paul Cloke and Andrew Williams (2017) Postsecular Geographies: Re-envisioning politics, subjectivity and ethics. New York and London: Routledge Press.

Parts or Chapters of books

Atherton, J., C. Baker., and E. Graham (2005) ‘A “Genius of Place”? Manchester as a Case Study in Public Theology’, eds. E.Graham and A.Rowlands, Pathways to the Public, Munster: Lit Verlag.

Baker, C. (2008) ‘Contemporary renewal in the centre of the city’, ed. P. Ballard, The Church at the Centre of the City, (Peterborough: Epworth).

Baker C. and Beaumont, J. (2011), ‘Postcolonialism and Religion: New Spaces of Belonging and Becoming in the Postsecular City’, eds. J.Beaumont and C.Baker, Postsecular Cities – space, theory and practice, (London and New York: Continuum).

Baker, C. and Beaumont, J. (2011)  ‘Introduction’,  eds. J.Beaumont and C.Baker, Postsecular Cities – space, theory and practice, (London and New York: Continuum).

Baker, C. and Beaumont, J (2011) ‘Afterword’, eds. J.Beaumont and C.Baker, Postsecular Cities – space, theory and practice (London and New York: Continuum).

Baker, C. (2013) ‘The contagion of the sacred and the right to the city: modalities of belonging, becoming and participation amongst diasporic religious communities, and the growth of the postsecular city’, eds. J.Garnett and A.Harris, Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis, (Farnham: Ashgate).

Baker, C. (2017) ‘Religion as ‘urban white noise’ – material practices of everyday religion at the ‘unquiet frontiers’ of the global hyper-diverse city’, in Religion and the Global City, eds David Garbin and Anna Strhan, London: Bloomsbury.

Baker, C. and Elaine Graham (2017) ‘Urban Ecology and Faith Communities’ in Brill Companion to Public Theology, Sebastian Kim and Katie Day (eds).

Journal Papers

Baker, C. (2005) ‘Religious faith in the ex-urban community – a case study of Christian faith-communities in Milton Keynes’, City 9, (1): 109-124.

Baker, C. (2016) ‘Sustainable governance in a postsecular public sphere: re-assessing the role of religion as a cosmopolitan policy actor in a diverse and globalised age’, Sustainable Development 24, 190-198.