Ahead of the forthcoming consultation Faith, Belief and Nation-building, we’re asking some of the participants a few quick-fire questions to give you a flavour of their interests and thoughts…
Today we talk to Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul’s Institute.
What have you been working on recently?
A Christian perspective on the ethical and moral foundations of discussions on the free movement of people and capital.
Why did you accept the invitation to Malvern 2017: Faith, Belief and Nation-building?
As a function of the subject matter, the organisers and the quality of the other participants. The subject has become dramatically more urgent in light of the 8 June election.
What are you looking forward to about the conference?
Constructive discussion of issues and a way forward on how to constructively disagree.
As you know, the consultation takes its name from the conference of 1941, instigated and convened by Archbishop William Temple…
What do you think has been the most positive change in British society since 1941?
A more open multi-cultural society.
What do you think has been the most negative change in British society since 1941?
The rise of self-interest over common good.
Why is it important that the role of faith and belief be a part of the conversation about nation-building?
We are struggling with the common values that unite us. I believe faith and belief can help us in that search.