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With growing diversity of religion and belief in every sector comes the potential for new dialogues across previously impermeable policy and disciplinary silos. This volume critically challenges policy makers to re-imagine religion and belief as an integral part of public life that contains resources, practices, forms of knowledge and experience.
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Professor Chris Baker is William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life in the Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of Research, William Temple Foundation. He critically analyses the impact religion and public life have on politics and public policy in the UK and beyond. He teaches and researches around the relationship between religion and secularism in an increasingly diverse and fluid public sphere. His work is interdisciplinary, including political philosophy, sociology and human geography and public policy. Professor Adam Dinham is Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director, Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. His work focuses on religion through faith-based social action, faith-related social policy, and professional practice with religiously diverse publics. Adam convenes the leading policy-practice-research network on faith and civil society and is advisor to a number of national and international policy bodies. He is director of the Religious Literacy Leadership Programme, Professor of Religious Literacy at VID University, Oslo, Chair of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group (BSA Socrel), and Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute for Faith and Public Life. Professor Beth R. Crisp is the Discipline Leader for Social Work in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Australia. She has extensive experience in the international social work arena where she works on the place of religion and spirituality within the context of secular demands on welfare provision and the place of religion and spirituality in challenging and sustaining social exclusion. Her work is also informed from her studies in Political Science and Theology, longstanding collaborations with colleagues in Public Health and living a life in which ecumenical dialogue is a daily reality.
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