In addition to the individual research of scholars in the Federation, we are developing in partnership an institute for research and encounter in Theology & Society, believing that there is a need for a parallel initiative along the lines of the Centre for Science & Policy.
Faith in the Public Square is the title of a book by Rowan Williams, chair of our global advisory board. This is a collection of essays which explore issues of social ethics, science and religion in public life. An example of work on this theme is the Commission on Religion & Belief in British Public Life, created by the Woolf Institute, chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss.
The topic of Ecumenism and the Churches Worldwide is illustrated by a book from a conference held at Westcott: The unity we have & the unity we seek by Jeremy Morris & Nicholas Sagovsky and by the work of Dr John Bradbury, Vice-Principal of Westminster College with the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (formerly the Leuenberg Church Fellowship) on their European Church Renewal Research Project.
The topic of Inspiring Lives includes intellectual and spiritual biographies, ranging from the book Sisters of Sinai by Professor Janet Soskice, Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Divinity and a member of the Board of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, through to Ridley Hall’s Lesslie Newbigin Centre and the CCCW’s Cambridge Seventy project, exploring the inspiration of Cambridge students who became missionaries in the 1950s.
The internal design of the research institute’s home in Westminster Bounds offers a modest version of the Sisters of Sinai’s practice of scholarship and sociability in their Castlebrae house in Cambridge.
Much work in the Federation incorporates more than one of these themes, such as research with migrants, emigrants, immigrants and diasporas on their identities and contributions. The ‘Locating World Christianities’ workshop held jointly in February 2015 by the Faculty and Federation member, The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, was supported by the Federation and the Laing Trust.