Dr Tim Stacey is Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Dept of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottowa.
Faith Groups have a long and leading tradition of service and action in civil society spaces. Research suggests that the majority of faith based community activity takes place through projects and associations, and faiths are particularly well placed to engage in such ways. Many traditions have organisational structures which respond to the local, maintaining a long-term and very rooted presence in areas where other agencies may have withdrawn.
Other faith groups draw on their long histories as providers of community support through established charitable organisations. Their values and relationality are often regarded as underpinning effective civil society participation.
On the other hand, widespread ideas of faiths as oppressive, sexist, homophobic, evangelical and violent feed in to an idea of them as best kept to the private, not public realm. This tension plays out in a context which depends upon faith groups to plug gaps in services and communities, whilst struggling to talk well about them.
This forthcoming seminar series will explore some of the key debates and issues concerning Faith Groups and Social Action. This seminar will include a keynote speaker, discussion and questions from delegates followed by refreshments and networking.
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|20 Jun 2017||5:30pm - 7:00pm|
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