They used to be windowless, cramped, drab and hard to find, but things have improved – St Ethelburga’s Tent, for a start.
Dr Chris Hewson (University of Manchester) wants people to contact him. He’s doing some research on the significance of these spaces – digging deeper than just Equality & Diversity box-ticking, looking at motivation, syncretism, etc.
. . . many observers perceive MFS as tangible manifestations of
tolerance and pluralism, arguing that they represent an appropriate
course of collective action within a socio-religious landscape
characterised by (potentially dangerous) undercurrents of
fragmentation. However, issues also arise as to whether these spaces
are being created just to attract ‘customers’ – for example, to an
airport, shopping centre or university – or are used merely to promote
narrow social and/or political agendas.
Chris wants to
- Locate a wide range of multi-faith spaces to visit and survey.
- Speak with individuals who are (or have been) involved in their design and management.
- Locate and evaluate key documents and materials.
If you think you could help, email him on firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the project’s webpage for more info.