A superdiverse diocese: ‘Minority’ congregations use of Anglican church spaces in Birmingham

This project sits between CCISC’s Migration, Ethnicity and Nation and Religion and Belief clusters, and is led by Dr Demelza Jones in collaboration with External Associate Canon Dr Andrew Smith – Director of Interfaith Relations for the Bishop of Birmingham. The project explores the use of Anglican church spaces in the Birmingham Diocese by migrant and minority ethnic-led congregations, and has included a ‘mapping’ survey of all Anglican clergy in Birmingham, with follow-up in-depth qualitative interviews with a sample of clergy who host minority congregations in their church spaces. Interviews have focused on the range of forms of encounter which exist between ‘mainstream’ Anglican clergy and congregations, and guest congregations, along with the challenges and opportunities these encounters present. Findings of the mapping survey are available in report form,