The Westminster Faith Debates bring together leading academics and public figures to debate the latest research on religion and values, each year exploring a different theme. Initially held in central London every spring, the Faith Debates also travel out into the UK to engage with new audiences and issues. The debates are open to the public and free of charge.

Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead

Charles Clark

Charles Clark

The Debates were founded and are organised by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead.

Charles was Education Secretary and Home Secretary in the last Labour government.

Linda is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University.

Currently Linda and Charles both lecture in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University.

They decided to start the Debates in 2012 because Linda had been directing the £12m Religion and Society Programme, and wanted to bring the research findings to a wide audience, and because Charles is committed to improving the way religion is understood and dealt with by politicians and public figures.

The Debates quickly became a major point of reference for research and debate on religion and secularity. They have attracted media coverage from around the world. They commission and publicise the latest research, including surveys by YouGov.

Simon Reader

Simon Reader

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Peta Ainsworth

The Administrator of the Debates is Peta Ainsworth.

The Communications and Development manager is Simon Reader.

Norman Winter is responsible for audio and podcasts.

The debates are funded by generous grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and Lancaster University.