University debate to explore the future of places of worship


Birmingham City University is to open its doors to the public this week for a debate on the role that places of worship play in communities.

In partnership with the Baroness Warsi Foundation, the free event on Friday 27 January will see academic experts from across the country gather to discuss how communities are shaped by places of worship and explore the future design and needs of sacred spaces.

Constructing Communities: the modern place of worship
Friday 27 January 2017

The Parkside Building from 5pm to 7pm

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The expert panel will also discuss whether places of worship should deliver public services and how environments of fear and suspicion are leading to increased securitisation.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Life Peer of the House of Lords and a world-leading voice on religious freedom will chair the debate with panellists including Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at University of Oxford and British Academy Fellow.

Jon Yorke, Professor of Human Rights at Birmingham City University, will open the event.

The Baroness Warsi Foundation is a grant-making charity seeking to improve social mobility, increase gender equality and promote religious understanding.

‘Constructing Communities: the modern place of worship’ takes place at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building from 5pm until 7pm on Friday 27 January. 

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