Community Spirits - an essay by Stephen Bates
One of a series of essays written by independent thinkers exploring how people and places are changing through Big Local
“People are suspicious of faith groups in communities. If you become too open about your faith you risk losing people. But getting people out of their homes and working for the good of the area is important. We are trying to do this together.” Mark Pulford, One Palfrey Big Local
In this compelling tour of five Big Local areas, Stephen Bates interviews a range of people about how faith motivates and sustains their involvement in community. From Middlesbrough to Walsall he reveals the common ground shared by people from different religious traditions, as well as the deep commitment they bring to the dual roles of active citizen and believer.
Other essays in the series
Local Trust podcast - Community spirits
Faith is a powerful motivator, and the latest podcast from Local Trust explores how this shapes the way both individuals and religious institutions interact with deprived communities. Representatives from Big Local areas, Theos and Church Urban Fun tackle issues of debt, inter-faith cooperation, secular versus the sacred and the tension between helping a community in need without stepping into a space previously occupied by the state.