Bristol Housing Festival
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2019 BHF Events

Faith in Housing Presentation and Debate

Faith in Housing Presentation and Debate


Faith in Housing

In partnership with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community we are delighted to host a series of presentations and debate to explore the Church’s practical response to the housing crisis as part of its mission and how trust is re-established between government, industry and the public to create a more positive context in which to meet the city’s longer term housing and community needs.

 During the evening we will be hearing from members of the commission and exploring the role of Faith in Housing by addressing the theology and practical application of how we respond to the brokenness and needs in our city and asking how do we personally respond - if there is a ‘price to pay’ to see our cities prosper should we be willing to pay that price?  

This event will also explore the broader question of how to rebuild public Faith in Housing and change the narrative on house building that is so often negative. It is important to invite the public into the challenges, complexities and opportunities that we face as a city, to harness our collective ability to genuinely be creative and courageous and provide longer term solutions that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. In order to do this, we must rebuild trust between those involved. 

If you have a question for a member of the panel please submit it ahead of time to Please mark your email ‘Faith in Housing’ and include the name of the person your question is directed to. We may not be able to ask all the questions on the night of the event.


  • Charlie Arbuthnot, Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community

  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

  • The Right Reverend Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

  • The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington

  • Lynne Cullens, Parish vicar, Trustee and Vice-Chair of the National Estate Churches Network (NECN)

  • Oona Goldsworthy, CEO, Brunel Care

  • Jez Sweetland, Project Director, Bristol Housing Festival

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