Greg Smith's Research and Publications:

Page last updated February 14th 2017





BOOKS



G.Smith - Edited Volume 2015
21st Century Evangelicals Reflections on Research


Available for less than £10 here


Powerpoint presentation based on the book at the Socrel Conference, High Leigh, July 2015 (with Mandy Robbins) can be downloaded here


while all the data sets and questionnaires etc. are available to researchers at  www.ukdataservice.ac.uk   UK Data Archive University of Essex


SN 7786 - Twenty-First Century Evangelicals, 2010-2016: Special Licence Access

https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7786&type=Data%20catalogue

SN 7787 - Twenty-First Century Evangelicals, 2010-2016

https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7787&type=Data%20catalogue


I have the first of a number of articles based on the data here

Evangelical Social Action in the UK

Greg Smith

April 2017 special issue on Evangelical Social Ethics, edited by Jonathan Chaplin

Crucible is published quarterly by Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd. ISSN 0011-2100

ISBN 978-0-334-05600-3


Does Faith Make You Healthy and Happy? The Case of Evangelical Christians in the UK 

June 2017 The Journal of Religion & Society Religion and Politics Supplement 14 ]




 


Smith G (2005) "Children’s Perspectives on Believing and Belonging"

London: National Children's Bureau for Joseph Rowntree Foundation 84pp. ISBN 1 904787 53 3

Summary Findings here

(an unpublished paper arising from this work can be downloaded here.



"Community - arianism"

On line Book: Community and Communitarianism; Concepts and contexts by Greg Smith

This book length manuscript was first published in 1996 on the Web by UK Communities Online


Download Pdfs of chapters


Published Academic Papers


Does Faith Make You Healthy and Happy? The Case of Evangelical Christians in the UK 

Greg Smith, William Temple Foundation

June 2017 The Journal of Religion & Society 

Religion and Politics Supplement 14 ]


Edited by Ronald A. Simkins and Zachary B. Smith, Creighton University


Free Download pdf at



https://dspace2.creighton.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10504/113358/2017-19.pdf



or https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7UDiSlsmmA8SllNTm01bW03RFE



Greg Smith

Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?


Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice
2011/2,2

p. 175–193

August 2016

Temple Tract
ebook for the William Temple Foundation

available to download here: http://amzn.to/2bBg44X


‘The Seven Pillars of Religion in the Public Sphere (or what on earth is religion?)’ by Greg Smith


Is God back? Whether one sees religion as declining or experiencing a resurgence, in 2016, questions of religious beliefs and actions are perhaps more present in public life than they have been in recent times. From politicians publicly professing their faith, to France’s infamous ‘burkini ban’, to legal disputes over icing cakes with slogans supporting same-sex marriage, religion is far from a silent elephant in the room.


Conversely, at the same time religious literacy appears to be declining. Greg Smith takes up the challenge of explaining ‘what on earth is religion’ writing specifically from the UK’s globalised, post-Christian context. Smith suggests that the best way to understand it is through looking at what he coins as the ‘seven pillars of religion’, which are distinct yet overlapping in nature. In doing so, Smith highlights and clarifies what this increased visibility of religion in public life might actually mean, both in terms of how we perceive modern society, and how we understand the changing nature of religion within it.



April 2015

"Faith, Progressive Localism & the Hol(e)y Welfare Safety Net"


ebook for the William Temple Foundation

An analysis of the British welfare system takes a candid look at the role of faith-based organisations, asking how and why these groups have tried to plug service gaps. With case studies from local authorities in North West England, Greg Smith brings together and builds on some of the most significant research on religion, poverty and the welfare state from over the last decade. "Faith, Progressive Localism & the Hol(e)y Welfare Safety Net" is available to download now." Kindle version £2.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Progressive-Localism-Welfare-Safety-Temple-ebook/dp/B00W1SLFW6/


2011 Greg Smith
"Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?" Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice
2011/2,2 p. 175–193  Download HERE  or for 5.90 Euros from Diaconia web site


Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?
Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?
Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?
Greg Smith

Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?


Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice
2011/2,2

p. 175–193
Greg Smith

Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?


Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice
2011/2,2

p. 175–193
Greg Smith

Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?


Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice
2011/2,2

p. 175–193
Greg Smith

Faith and Volunteering in the UK: Towards a Virtuous Cycle for the Accumulation of Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital?


Diaconia. Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice
2011/2,2

p. 175–193


Baker C. and Smith G., (2011) “Spiritual, religious and social capital – exploring their dimensions and their relationship with faith-based motivation and participation in UK civil society.”  Summary working paper Manchester: William Temple Foundation (Based on a paper presented at the BSA Sociology of Religion Group Conference, Edinburgh April 2010)   Statistical appendix Here




Smith G. Faith in Local Government: The emergence of religion in the politics of an Inner London Borough 1975-2006:    in The Politics and Religion Journal  Volume IV (No. 2) - Autumn 2010ISSN 1820 - 659X (online) 


Great Gulfs and Chasms - Greg Smith on the Bridge Builders Project in Preston paper presented 15th June 2006 , NCVO, London at ESRC NCVO seminar on Faith-based voluntary action, published report from the ESRC or available on the web HERE


Smith G & Soteri-Procter A. (2004) Tracing and Mapping: the challenges of compiling databases and directories  in Social Research Update, Issue 42 published on paper and on the web quarterly by the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2




Smith G. (2002). "Community Research: A practitioner's perspective on methods and values." The journal of community work and development 1(3): 31-48.


Smith G. (2003). Faith in the Voluntary Sector : A common or distinctive experience of religious organisations? Manchester, Working Papers in Applied Social Research, Dept of Sociology: University of Manchester.


 Smith G. (2001) 'Religion as a source of social capital in the regeneration and globalisation of East London', (2001) Rising East, (vol 4. No.3 Spring 2001). London, Lawrence and Wishart.


 Smith G. (2000 C..) Global Systems and Religious Diversity in the Inner City  Migrants in the East End of London" MOST Journal on Multicultural Societies, Vol. 2, No. 1 ISSN 1564-4901 © UNESCO, 2000

additional case study material is available here

 

Smith G. (2006) Religious Identities, Social Networks and the Power of Information ;Field work issues in mapping religious diversity in London    in Fieldwork in Religion vol 1 no 3 September 2006


Smith G. (2004). "Implicit Religion and Faith Based Urban Regeneration"… in Implicit Religion Vl 7 No 2 Augut 2004


Smith G. (2004). "Faith in Community and Communities of Faith? Government Rhetoric and Religious Identity in Urban Britain." Journal of Contemporary Religion Vol. 19, No. 2, May 2004



Religion and the Rise of Social Capitalism (2002) in Community Development Journal (April 2002 edition) Oxford. OUP.


(1998a) A Very Social Capital; Measuring the vital signs of Community Life in Newham in "Rising East" Vol.2. no.1. London Lawrence & Wishart ... reprinted in Building Civil Society&.(1998) eds. Knight B Smerdon M & Pharoah C . , West Malling Kent. Charities Aid Foundation pp 51-73


(1998b) Ethnicity Religious Belonging and Interfaith Encounter : Some Survey Findings from East London (1998) in Journal of Contemporary Religion Vol 13. No3 pp 333-351 "



(1996) "Ties, nets and an elastic bund: The concept of community in postmodern society" in Community Development Journal July 1996 (Oxford)










Other Published Papers



Smith G. (2004) "Building Community; within and without the walls of the church" in eds Eastman M. & Latham S. (2004) "Urban Church; a Practitioners Resource Book" London, SPCK, ISBN 0-281-05603- X



1996 "The Unsecular City" in Rustin & Butler "Rising in the East" London, Lawrence & Wishart ( much of the data and argument i s also in this presentation to the Marchant Seminar 1995)



(1995) "Poverty Ethnicity and Geography: Newham in the 1991 Census" working paper of Geography Dept. Queen Mary & Westfield College, London  Summary of this Smith G (1996) "Census Data" and the Church Urban Fund (guidelines for funders)". in Crucible..


Chapters in collections

"Community Development and Christian Mission" is one chapter in a book of essays in theology of community work from six practitioners. In "Changing the Agenda" (1989) British Council of Churches:

Entry on "City" in IVP's new Dictionary of Ethics and Pastoral Theology



Smith G. (2003), "The Christ of the Barking Road" in J.Vincent (ed) "Faithfulness in the City " published by Monad press, St. Deiniols Library, Hawarden, CH5 3DFand from 2011 a sequel from Preston : The Christ of Fishergate Hill by Greg Smith.. A contextual and Biblical Reflection



Research Reports .. on local communities

Unrefereed publications and Grey Literature

 

February 2006 :   Reports and working papers from the Bridge Builders Preston Project


A project funded by MB Reckitt Trust...Working for greater understanding and co-operation between the faith communities and local statutory agencies.All the reports and working papers of the project are available here

 

 

 

Urban Ministry and Mission in Preston : Towards a Strategic Overview. A paper for Preston Christian Action Network and the Anglican Commission On Urban Life And Faith OCTOBER 2004:

 


THE CRAP REPORT ON EMPLOYABILITY IN CANNING TOWN MARCH 2001

The Community Research Action Project (CRAP) was a piece of research carried out by Aston Mansfield CIU for the Canning Town SRB Partnership on the Rathbone Estate in Canning Town between November 2000 and March 2001. (summary of report)


 The Barking Road Community Audit

A REPORT BY GREG SMITH OF THE ASTON MANSFIELD COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT UNIT ABOUT A COMMUNITY PROFILE CARRIED OUT ON BEHALF OF A LOCAL GROUP OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

 


 

Directory Database of Religious Groups in Newham  1992


(funded by Aston Charities Trust) with report on the findings and implications of this commissioned by LB Newham Social Services Dept.


and 2nd Edition 1994-95


with 3rd edition 1999


4) 'Faith Makes Community Work,'

full archive report of an evaluation of Shaftesbury's community worker scheme, in the wider context of faith-based regeneration funded by the DETR Summary Here


5) Review of Service of Newham Council for Racial Equality with Mark Patchett of MPCS Spring 1999


6) Feasibility study for East London Day Centre for Homeless People with Alexis Keir for Newham Community Renewal Programme, followed by evaluation of the Turnaround Project Spring 2000


7) "Networking for Urban Mission; A case study of the UK in the 1980s"

(it was refereed and accepted for publication in Urban Mission Journal in the USA but the journal went broke and ceased to publish


other papers on Social Network Analysis


...

Unpublished paper More than a little quiet care... analyis of the contribution of churches to social welfare in East London


IT Rams CD.. How Community Work Became Computer Work Published alongside Bulletin of Standing Conference on Community Development September 1999


1999 With F. Handem "CANNING TOWN AND FAMILY LIFE TODAY STATISTICAL REVIEW"by FELISBERTA HANDEM & GREG SMITH JULY 1999 Aston Community Involvement Unit, London E7 9AB


Building Bridges or Barriers Christians and Muslims in Newham: in City Cries Journal of ECUM, No 36 (autumn 1998)

 


Cycling


"ON YOUR BIKE NEWHAM: The cyclists guide to East London" (1989)Greg Smith joint author with other members of London Cycling Campaign (Newham Group).



Smith G. (2000) "Cars Crush Cycling" in Electronic Journal: Social Issues Volume One. Issue 1 December 2000-March 2001 Special First Edition: The New Oil Crisis




Blogs Etc



For my latest writings and ravings and links to Willian Temple blogs see -


The Primitive Ranter Blog



Greg Smith, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the William Temple Foundation issues a challenge to advocates of common good: is it as a theology adequate to meet the radical changes of our time?


And another piece I've written, just published on the Church Action On Poverty
Blog. Benefit Sanctions - immoral and ineffective

http://blog.church-poverty.org.uk/2013/12/04/benefit-sanctions-ineffective-and-immoral/


Food Poverty and Tax Justice

On p.13 This is the text of a talk given by Greg Smith at the Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty Tax Justice Bus event in Preston on October 14th 2012.



 


Papers And Reports In  Community work and Urban Ministry Pre 1995




Smith G. (1989) "Evangelicals and Liberation Theology"
from
Christian Urban Resource Unit, University of Bradford

Smith G. (1991) "Poverty and its Alleviation ; Strategies for
Community Work"
from Christian Urban Resource Unit, University of Bradford

Smith G. (1993) "Neighbourhood Profiles; Pt.1 Some Background onSurveys and the Census. Pt.2 Doing a Survey and Presenting theResults" published as Alliance Briefings No 8 & No. 9 by Churches Community Work Alliance, Westhill College, Birmingham. (The same
material is also published by the Association of Community
Workers in their "Talking Point" series of papers and as part of
the ACW "Community Work Training Skills Manual".

Smith G. (1994) "(Almost) All You Could Ever Want To Know;
Newham in the 1991 Census, Implications for Community Work" in "Newham Needs and Responses ; CIU Annual for 1994" , Aston Community Involvement Unit.


Smith G. (1993) "West Ham Parish Survey Report" summary version     and Full Report


Smith G. (1994) "Neighbourhood and Networks in Newham; report on
a research project ...... by a team of medical students" from
Aston Community Involvement Unit.

Smith G. & Rodrigues D. (1994) "The directory of Research in
Newham
" published by Newham Community Research Forum available from Aston Community Involvement Unit.


Smith G (circulated by Aston CIU) "Census information on Newham;Update of Findings and Sources Spring 1995




"Grey" literature (Printed or Xeroxed only )

 

Smith G. & Byrne D. (1994) "The Religious Directory of Newham, 2nd Edition 1994-95" from Aston Community Involvement Unit.

 

QMCW medical students with Smith G. (1993) "(UN)Wealth and (UN)Health; Survey Reveals Sickening Poverty In Newham" from Aston Community Involvement Unit.

 




Urban Mission 1983-1991

Published monographs


Urban Mission 'Grey literature'

Ecum In House Publications


A number of discussion papers and reports written by Greg Smith
include.

1) Biblical Bases of Socio-Political Action

2) Mission Audits: Resources for UPA Churches

3) Mission Audits: towards an appropriate methodology.

4) Base Communities: Models of Good Practice in Urban UK.

5) Mustard Seed Missions 1987
(a report on 17 local innner city evangelistic campaigns)

6) Crumbletown:  A role play exercise
looking at the politics of inner city housing.

7) Ray Bakke Tour 1987 ( A report on consultations in seven
British cities by Greg Smith & John Oliver)


8) Report on a visit to Singapore and Asia Theological
Association Urban Ministry conference. 


9)"Christian Youth Work in Newham 1986" with Shirley Jackson
  
A report of the Newham Youth for Christ Survey of 86 churches.

10) Newham Churches and Homelessness (1990) report on NCRP's
pastoral care of the homeless working party.
A summary popular
version called "Home Truths" is also available. Both from NCRP,
170 Harold Road, London E13 OSE.



Articles in Christian magaziner etc CITY CRIES and ECUM Bulletin :

I held partial editorial responsibilities for this magazine and
briefing notes on Urban Mission from 1987-91:

Articles published here by Greg Smith include:


Third Way articles etc   All of these Third way articles are now archived and available on Google Books.


Red & Yellow Black & white (ethnic churches)  Third Way August 1984


Open letter to Brian Griffiths February 1986


The Newham Sect (Christians in politics) 1987  In Third Way October 1987 


Review article on Books about Liberation Theology July 1989


On insurance (1991)  In Third Way April 1991

You and Who Else (on concept and theology of community)  In Third Way Feb 1995




Reviews of various books

Various articles and served on editorial board of "Church Growth
Digest"
(1987 - 1992)

Various articles and partial editorial responsibility from 1980
to present in "Racial Justice" magazine of Evangelical Christians
for Racial Justice.





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