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Project Advisors

Peter Brierley was the Executive Director of Christian Research before its merger with Bible Society, and was responsible for numerous surveys of and about the Christian faith, especially 8 nationwide Church Censuses, as well editing 7 volumes of "Religious Trends."  He now publishes the "FutureFirst" bulletin every 2 months.

Harriet Crabtree, OBE is the Director of the Inter Faith Network for the UK, a charity which links faith community representative bodies and inter faith bodies in the UK and works with them to promote good inter faith relations.  In a personal capacity, she served as a member of the Commission for Integration and Cohesion and is a member of the Faith Advisers Panel of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Sophie Gilliat-Ray is the Founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University.  She has published a number of books and journal articles on religion in public institutions, and has a particular interest in multi-faith chaplaincy.  Her latest book is published by Cambridge University Press (2010), entitled: Muslims in Britain: an Introduction.

Stephen Heap is the Church of England's National Adviser for Higher Education. A Baptist minister, he has spent most of the last twenty years in University chaplaincy, and pursued academic work in the area of politics and theology.

Sister Teresa Kennedy is a Presentation Sister and is the current National Coordinator for Catholic Chaplains in HE in England and Wales. Teresa has been involved in a number of ministries over the years as a teacher, RE Advisor, National Vocation Director, and before this present role, six years as chaplain with Derby University.

Rebecca O'Loughlin is Academic Coordinator for Theology at the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies. Prior to this, she was a doctoral student at the University of Leeds, writing her thesis on Catholic moral theology.

Tim Rudge is Field Director of UCCF: The Christian Unions.

Baroness Sherlock of Durham, is a Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Hugh Shilson-Thomas is Chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

Pamela Taylor was for nine years the Principal of Newman University College, Birmingham.  She has been the chair of the Cathedrals group (fifteen universities and university colleges with a Christian foundation), the Deputy Chair of UCAS and the Chair of GuildHE.  She has worked in schools in the UK and Europe as a teacher, Deputy Head, and schools inspector and was a Principal Lecturer in the fields of English and Primary Education before becoming Principal at Newman University College.  Pamela has also worked extensively with the Catholic Education Service and is the incoming Chair of the Southwark Catholic Diocesan Board of Education.

Paul Weller is Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby and is a Trustee of the Multi-Faith Centre there. He is a Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, and is a member of the Expert Panel on Faith advising the Secretary of State for Communities and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Rich Wilson is the National Team Leader for Fusion, he is responsible for strategy that builds partnerships with students, churches and other organisations. He lives in the University town of Loughborough and serves in the leadership of Open Heaven Church.

Christopher Woods has been the Chaplain and Director of Studies in Theology, at Christ's College in Cambridge since 2007. From January 2011 he will be the Secretary of the Church of England's Liturgical Commission and the National Advisor on Worship. He is engaged in research on the twentieth century theologian Henri de Lubac.

 

International Advisors

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses primarily on religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture.

Amy C. Wilkins is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests are gender, race and ethnicity, social class inequality, sexuality, youth, families, culture and identity. She is the author of the book Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: The Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status (University of Chicago Press, 2008), an ethnographic study that explored the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality within these three subcultures.