REACH Ely (Reimagining Churches as Community Assets for the Common Good) is a three-year project to help communities make fuller use of their historic churches.
Timur, Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, has recently completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. As part of this PhD, Timur analysed social practices of religious organisations, including churches and mosques, in creating capacities for civil society development and sustaining communities and social networks. Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Timur was employed by the Cambridge Department of Sociology to develop research project websites, produce academic video and photo materials and advise on communication aspects of research dissemination.
The key aim of the project is to enable every parish and deanery to reconnect with "the 97%" - the people of the Diocese who are not yet engaged with the church.
Timur's first task is to review everything that has gone before; looking at earlier research and other published sources, seeking out case studies which provide exemplars, successful or not, of how churches currently relate to the "97%" of people in their local communities who currently have little or no relationship with the church.
By the end of the project, every parish and deanery in the Diocese will be able to understand the actual opportunities open to them in the context of their own communities, so that they can give their parishioners a church that meets their needs, a church they will support and a church in which they can participate.
To read more about the project, please visit the University of Cambrdige Judge Business School website on the link below.
If you think your church would make a good case study into how churches currently relate to their local communities, we would be very interested to hear from you, and if you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.
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