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New Spurgeons campaign set to record faith groups’ efforts during pandemic

Spurgeon’s College, a leading theological institution, has launched its #FaithInCommunity campaign to reflect on and record the contributions of the faith community during the COVID-19 crisis.

The campaign seeks to collate these contributions which will be submitted to the British Library as an official record – creating a piece of history for future generations. 

From food bank support to community leadership and volunteering, faith organisations and groups across the country have provided much needed support to their local areas throughout the crisis. This campaign calls on faith organisations to share these efforts using an online form hosted by Spurgeon’s College. 

The campaign forms an exciting opportunity for the faith community to come together to document the valuable contributions made during the crisis for future generations to remember and reflect on. 

The campaign is supported by partners from across the country and different faiths – including the Faith and Society APPG, the Baptist Union, Leo Baeck College and the Islamic Medical Association – and comes as the country continues the work of recovery from the pandemic and seeks to recover from the societal and economic impacts of COVID-19. Other organisations looking to get involved with the campaign and record their stories can submit an entry here

Speaking about the campaign, Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Philip McCormack said: 

“As we work to recover from the pandemic, now is the time to take a moment and reflect on the essential contributions made by faith communities over the past two years. By recording these efforts, we will be creating history for future generations to learn about. We want to encourage faith organisations and groups from all denominations and religions to take part in this campaign and share their stories.”

Welcoming the campaign, Chair of the Faith and Society APPG, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP said: 

“The All-Party Group for Faith and Society welcomes Spurgeon College’s #FaithInCommunity campaign. It aims to highlight the outstanding contributions to our communities made by faith organisations and groups during the pandemic. This support has included, among other things, providing food banks, clothes, shelter, hot meals, workshops and medical advice to those most in need. 

“The campaign builds on the APPG’s work to develop the Faith Covenant and strengthen the relationships between faith organisations and their local authorities. It is vital that the work of these organisations during the pandemic is recognised.”

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