Our Director of Research Chris Baker reports back from the recent meeting of the Faith and Flourishing Neighbourhoods Network.
The second event in our ‘Community, What Community?’ series for the Faith and Flourishing Neighbourhood Network, focused on five compelling case studies of present day community and place making in which the role of religious faith and other forms of belief was explored and examined. The event was held at the Diocese of Birmingham office on Thursday 25th February, and was attended by a committed group of 20 participants.
Case studies came from:
We were challenged and inspired to hear and discuss such different examples of place making in a variety of such different settings: Inner-urban suburbs, garden suburbs, outer-urban housing estates, new exurbs and provincial cities.
During this rich day we had several examples of how religious and other beliefs contribute to place making: as a founding vision; as a space of temporary ritual and belonging; as spaces that model tolerance and radical hospitality; as bridge-builders between entrenched communities; as spaces of knowledge exchange and learning; as communities committed to ownership of the community (but not in the ‘right-to-buy’ sense). And many more!
Our thanks again to our contributors and the members of the FFNN network who contributed so fully in response to what they heard, as well as from their own experience.
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