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“The re-emergence of religion in the public square is one of the biggest and most significant paradigm shifts of recent times.”

GRAHAM WARD

Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford

There are 7.5 billion people in the world and an estimated 85% identify with a religious group. The biggest religion is Christianity, accounting for about one-third of the earth’s population. The next is Islam whose adherents make up about one-quarter of the world’s inhabitants. There are about one billion Hindus, 500 million Buddhists, 14 million Jews and many smaller faith groups http://www.pewforum.org/.

Understanding religion and belief is and will remain central to public life and debate, however significant the growth of secularism. Tens of millions of people in the UK continue to identify with a religious faith and we all have frequent encounters with people of all faiths and beliefs. Religious literacy is essential to understanding the world in which we live and our daily interactions across all levels of society, in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The media plays a key role in developing and enhancing this understanding. The Religion Media Centre has no editorial line nor does it promote any one religion, or religious belief in general. Instead, it exists to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to the media, enabling the public to be better informed and promoting decision-making based on fact, not prejudice or stereotypes.

Tuesday April 30th

JW3 Centre 341-351 Finchley Rd, London NW3 6ET

Religion and Media Festival

An exploration of religion in the media, with speakers including Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, about the vital need for religious literacy; Simon Terrington, the Director of Content Policy at Ofcom, overseeing media policy work in relation to the broadcast sector; and the BBC's Director of Radio and Education, James Purnell, who is also responsible for religious affairs programming. A presentation of global research on 'Understanding Unbelief', a programme based at the University of Kent, includes a contribution from Sanderson Jones, comedian and founder of the Sunday Assembly. In addition, media professionals will lead workshops on creative skills, including podcasting. For further details and to book a place

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New and important factsheet on the Vatican Sex Abuse Summit taking place 21-24 Feb

The Church has been struggling with the issue for nearly 2 decades, accusations of abuse go back even further
https://t.co/haOgWJZW92

Keep up with our current blog series with guest bloggers responding to the recommendations of the @CommissionOnRE report.

Use #FutureofRE to see what’s already been discussed and to add your own thoughts.

Link to all blogs so far.....

https://t.co/yvARH4gtsj

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The media plays a key role in developing and enhancing the understanding of religion and belief, which is central to public life. Tens of millions of people in the UK identifying with a faith and the Religion Media Centre exists to provide accurate, timely and relevant information to the media, enabling this world to be understood.