Faith and belonging in London reports

Three reports to which I contributed along with Ruth Sheldon, mainly written by Jonathan Smith and Lenita Torning.

Media, Faith and Belonging

This report by the Faith & Belief Forum and the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck calls on media organisations to provide more opportunities for religious groups to represent themselves.

The report finds that inaccurate, sensationalised and simplistic media coverage reinforces negative stereotypes of religious groups, increasing the potential for suspicion, fear and communal violence. The report highlights how journalists, academics, community organisations and religious groups are working to address the issues in three ways: by challenging inaccurate stories, telling their own stories and working together to make a shared story.

It is the third and final in a series of reports supported by a grant from Dangoor Education which look at different aspects of belief and belonging in London.

Press release about the report is available here

Audio recording from the roundtable event available here

Download the full paper


Hate Crime, Faith and Belonging

This report by the Faith & Belief Forum and the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck explores the issue of religious hate crime, and provides recommendations for organisations working to address the issue.

It draws on insights from a May 2018 roundtable at Birkbeck which brought together 23 local organisations, academics and policy experts to explore the issues and share good practice. The report recommends that responses to hate crime should be led by local communities and seek to challenge divisive narratives with messages of belonging. Responses to should be collaborative, bringing together faith groups, faith forums, community organisations and local government.

It is the second of a series of three reports supported by a grant from Dangoor Education which look at different aspects of belief and belonging in London.

Press release about the report is available here

Audio recording from the roundtable event available here

Download the full paper


Faith, Belief and Inclusion

This briefing paper by the Faith & Belief Forum and the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London explores and provides recommendations for how to create a London that’s more inclusive of people of different faiths and beliefs.

The report draws on insights from a June 2018 roundtable event where 25 local organisations, academics and policy experts gathered to discuss factors for exclusion for Londoners from different faiths and beliefs, and to share good practice on inclusion. While the focus of the report is on London, it contains plenty of insights for those looking to remove barriers to belonging in the rest of the country.

It is the first of a series of three briefing papers supported by a grant from Dangoor Education which look at different aspects of belief and belonging in London. The next two reports will look at hate crime and the role of the media.

Press release about the report available here

Audio recording from the roundtable event available here

Download the full paper

About bengidley

Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. View all posts by bengidley

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