General Article Contribution of faith communities

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Religion and faith communities play an important role in the cultural and social fabric of the UK, but public authorities need to do more to improve their understanding of the contribution they make, argues a new publication, Faith in the Nation: Religion, identity and the public realm in Britain today, released in December 2008 by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr).
Publishing a unique collection of essays from leading figures of the five largest faith communities in the UK, ippr argues that religion and faith play an increasingly important role in British society.
ippr argues that recognising and valuing the role of religion in British society needs to be balanced against a recognition of the core principles of British democracy – the equality of all before the law, the possession of citizenship rights irrespective of race, religion, gender and sexuality, and the rights of non-believers. The collection shows that British culture has provided a receptive home for member...

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