News from the All-Party Parliamentary Group

Faith, hope and charity: can we overcome the problem of proselytism?


20th October, 3pm – 4pm
Committee Room 15, House of Commons


The APPG on Faith and Society, in partnership with FaithAction, will be hosting Theos for a debate around proselytism and the third sector.

With near 3.5 million people in the UK benefiting from the work of faith-based organisations each year, the size and variety of help is ever growing. Along with this there is a greater diversity of organisations providing the help, each with their own view on whether they should or shouldn’t actively share their faith, and how. The debate will coincide with the launch of a new report from Theos, The Problem of Proselytism.


This session will be chaired by Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction.

Theos is the UK’s leading religion and society think tank. Theos aims shaping the hearts and minds of opinion formers about the role of faith in contemporary society by means of high quality research, events and media commentary. The Economist calls Theos “an organisation that demands attention”, and Julian Baggini, the influential atheist philosopher, has said “Theos provides rare proof that theology can be interesting and relevant even – perhaps especially – for those who do not believe.”


Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction (Chair)
Paul Bickley, author of The Problem of Proselytism and Director of Political Programme at Theos
Joy Madeiros, CEO of the Oasis Charitable Trust
Avril McIntyre MBE, Director of Community Resources
Mustafa Field MBE, Director of Faiths Forum 4 London
Amrick Singh, Director of the Nishkam Centre