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Celebrating A Successful Conference #Temple70

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On Monday 10th November we were delighted to welcome over one hundred delegates to ‘Reclaiming the Public Space: Archbishop William Temple 70th Anniversary Conference’ at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

This very special day, nearly a year in the planning, was an opportunity to publically re-launch the re-branded William Temple Foundation, as well as to reflect on the enduring legacy of our namesake.

Director of Research Chris Baker has written his reflections of the event: Seeing from a different perspective, and being at the heart of things.

Thank you to everyone who made the event such an engaging, lively and successful day.

Here are a few highlights…

Opening lecture: Raymond Plant ‘William Temple’s Relevance in the 21st Century’.

Keynote lecture: Craig Calhoun ‘Religion, Government and the Public Good’.

Panel debate ‘What role for religion in public life in contemporary Britain?’

Book launch ‘Challenging Religious Studies: The Wealth, Wellbeing and Inequalities of Nations’ by John Atherton.

More videos from the conference are coming soon and can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

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It wasn’t just the speakers who had a lot to say; here are some of our favourite tweets from the event:

Tweets #Temple70

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Archbishop William Temple 70th Anniversary Conference Announced

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We’re delighted to announce details of a high-profile conference marking the enduring legacy of Archbishop William Temple, seventy years after his death. ‘Reclaiming the Public Space’ will explore the role of religion in contemporary public life, asking what role can Christianity – and all faiths – play in developing a just society.

A fantastic guest list of speakers includes Prof Craig Calhoun (LSE), Prof Linda Woodhead (Lancaster) and Lord Raymond Plant (KCL).

Highlighting lived experiences and faith-based action, interactive workshops will be led by staff from the Trussell Trust, the Eden Network, Evangelical Alliance and William Temple Foundation.

The conference will be held at the People’s History Museum, Manchester on Monday 10 November, and will bring together academics, clergy, community activists, and policy makers to learn from one another.

A full programme and further details can be found on the conference page of the Foundation’s website.

Book now: Tickets are £35 with a limited number of student tickets available for just £10.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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