Zoom event: Faith in the Town. What can we learn from social crisis past and present?
Finding precedent and hope in times of social crisis, join Dr Kate Christopher and Dr Kate Gibson to launch their FREE new online educational materials and explore how:
the Church of England (and Christianity generally) became democratized.
faith became consumerized
children were part of a contested battle for hearts, souls and social stability
a historical lens can reveal deep truths about faith
All are welcome to come along and learn how historical sources and objects from the 18th Century can reveal how:
the landscape of faith came to be as it is in England today
the anxieties and concerns of contemporary society have been seen (and dealt with) before
faith ‘in the real’ is healthier than those in power often declare it to be
After the session you will be given access to the FREE Faith in the Town online resources which as useful in a variety of contexts with both children and adults.
“Based on original archive research, our free resources help tackle the big questions facing churches today. How does faith adapt to huge social upheaval? How do churches survive the challenges of urban, consumerist society? These questions were faced by people in the past, too: their experiences can provide new perspectives.” – Dr Kate Gibson
Dr Kate Gibson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Manchester. She investigates everyday life in eighteenth-century Britain, particularly focusing on family life and childhood. She worked on the Faith in the Town project from 2018 to 2021 and is a co-author of the accompanying, forthcoming, new book.
Dr Kate Christopher is a Secondary teacher in East London and an independent RE advisor. She directs the website RE:Online for Culham St Gabriel’s. She works widely with teachers, focusing on curriculum and CPD.