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What is a Modern Place of Worship?

What is a Modern Place of Worship?

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018

Time: 18:00 to 19:30

Venue: University College London, Room G03, Department of Geography, 26 Bedford Way, London W1CH OAP

Tickets: FREE - Click here to book your place  

Places of worship are facing fresh challenges.

Innovations in design and technology are changing the way we live, work and play. An environment of fear and suspicion is leading to the increased securitisation of places of worship. Rising building costs are placing pressure on congregations. Finally, a strong emphasis has been placed on the role of faith spaces as facilitators of social integration, the frontline against extremism, or as providers of local services or welfare provision.

On Thursday 28 June, join us to explore these issues and ask what is a Modern Place of Worship? Speakers will include Lord Bourne, the Minister for Faith, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Tan Dhesi MP, and award winning architect Cindy Walters. This event is in partnership with Baroness Warsi Foundation, UCL and City Sikhs.


Lord Bourne, Minister for Faith

Chair: Professor Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor St Mary's University and the UK's former Ambassador to the Holy See

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Bishop John Wilson, the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

Cindy Walters, Founding Partner and Award Winning Architect at Walters and Cohen

Tanmanjeet Dhesi, Member of Parliament for Slough

Additional details

This is a ticketed event, so please remember to book your place online.

Free entrance. All welcome. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser: