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New series of Westminster Faith Debates announced for Spring 2014

02 December 13

In our increasingly globalised world, religion is changing fast. Policy needs to keep pace. Leading experts and public figures come together in the 2014 series of WFDs to analyse the major trends and discuss their implications.

The Westminster Faith Debates are organised by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Lancaster University. They take place in central London every spring, and are open to the public free of charge, bringing together leading academics and public figures to debate the latest research on religion and values.

The debates will be held at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET,  between 5.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.  (followed by a drinks reception).

What is driving sectarian violence in the wake of the Arab Spring?

Bassma Kodmani, Dr Toby Matthiesen, Kenan Malik, Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Weds 12th Feb

Can historic global Churches maintain central authority or must they devolve?

Prof Allan Anderson, Prof Kirsteen Kim, Prof Sebastian Kim, Christopher Landau, Paul Vallely

Weds 26th Feb

Are attempts to promote worldwide religious freedom naïve or necessary?

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Prof Jørgen Nielsen, Prof Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Weds 12th March

How can religious moderates deal better with uncompromising hardliners and the conflicts they cause?

Sir Tony Baldry MP, Dr Masooda Bano, Prof Peter Herriott, Maajid Nawaz,

Weds 26th March

Do the benefits of engaging religion for development outweigh the dangers?

Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Robert Calderisi, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Loretta Minghella

Thursday 1st May

How has religion become an agent in peace-building in conflict areas of the world?

Prof John Brewer, Dr Keith Kahn-Harris, Jonathan Powell, Prof Ian Reader

Weds 14th May

For further details and to register for a free place please visit our website http://faithdebates.org.uk/category/debates/2014-debates/global-religious-trends/ or telephone Peta Ainsworth (01524 510826) with the name, institution (if applicable) and email address of each person you wish to register.  Please also let Peta know which category you come under, e.g. Academic, Policy, FBO/voluntary organisation, religious group, media or other.

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