Shaping debate on religion in public life.

Religion, Wellbeing & Happiness

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.


The Foundation’s work on the progressive contribution of religion to social, political and economic change has led more recently to engagement and research into the connection between religion and personal ethics, virtues and mental and psychological wellbeing. This engagement links religion, theology, popular psychology, neuroscience, techno-physical change and theories of behavioural change.

Temple Tracts

Atherton, John and John Reader (2015) Mapping the Material: Religious Practices in Changing Times (William Temple Foundation).


Atherton, J., Graham E., and Steedman I., (2010) The Practices of Happiness: Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing (London/New York Routledge, 2011).

Atherton, J., Baker, C., and Reader J., (2012) Christianity and the New Social Order (London: SPCK).

Book Chapters

Baker, C (2009) ‘Social, Religious and Spiritual capitals: A Psychological Perspective?’ eds. de Souza, M., Francis, L.J., O’Higgins-Norman, J., Scott, D, International handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing, (London and New York:  Springer).

Reader, J. (2010) ‘Wellbeing or resilience: Blurred encounters between theory and practice’ in The Practices of Happiness: Political Economy, religion and wellbeing edited by Atherton, Graham and Steedman (London and New York : Routledge).

Baker, C (2010) ‘The ‘one in the morning’ knock: exploring the connections between faith, participation and wellbeing’, in (eds.) J.Atherton, E.Graham and I.Steedman, The Practices of Happiness – political economy, religion and wellbeing, (London and New York: Routledge).

Baker, C (2012) ‘Exploring Spiritual Capital – a resource for an uncertain future?, eds. M. O’Sullivan and B. Flanagan, Spiritual Capital – Spirituality in Practice in Christian Perspective, (Farnham: Ashgate).

Baker, C (2013) ‘Measuring the F factor – happiness, resilience and spiritual capital in public policy’. Paper given at the Spirituality and Addiction conference: 20 February 2013, University of Chester, Chester Centre for Faiths and Public Policy.