Welcome to the Society of the Faith

The main activities of the Society are –

  • making reasonably-priced accommodation available in Faith House for organisations and companies which promote the Christian faith and the Anglican Communion, as well as for other charitable organisations;
  • promoting the revival and reissue of Faith Press publications and sponsoring new publications;
  • conserving an archive of Faith-Craft drawings and Faith Press publications;
  • building a database of known Faith-Craft works;
  • giving grants to further our charitable aims;
  • administering the Hoare Trust, which grant-aids the conservation and provision of ecclesiastical needlework :
  • administering the Liddon fund, a restricted fund which finances the annual Liddon Lecture and grants to young people for advanced theological study.

For more information about recent activities see the What’s New tab above.


A Symposium on

Catholicity in the Church of England

to be held in Southwark Cathedral, Saturday, 4th November, 2017

In 1946, fifteen leading Anglo Catholics – including Michael Ramsey, Gregory Dix, Austin Farrer, Eric Abbott, and T. S. Eliot – were asked by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher to consider the essence of Catholicity, and the ways in which it differed from traditional and liberal Protestantism. Their Report is a thought provoking document on the character and foundations of Christian Faith:

CATHOLICITY: A Study in the Conflict of Christian Traditions in the West (a copy can be found at http://anglicanhistory.org/amramsey/catholicity1947.html)

 Our symposium will consider the development and decline of Anglo Catholicism over the last 70 years, the understanding of Catholicity amongst ordinands today, and the continuing relevance of the report’s theology for study and mission in the modern Church of England.  Speakers include:

  • The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich (in the chair)
  • Dr Andrew Chandler, Professor in Modern History, University of Chichester
  • The Revd Fr Peter Allan, CR, Principal of the College of the Resurrection
  • The Revd Canon Dr Robin Ward, Principal of St Stephen’s House
  • The Revd Dr Carolyn Hammond, Fellow and Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
  • The Revd Dr Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • The Rt Revd Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

The Symposium will run from 9.45 am to 4.30 pm.  Cost per person is £30 – coffee, lunch and tea provided.

More details can be found at http://catholicity.org.uk/ where you can book online.

For those who want to book by post applications for places, with cheques made payable to ‘The Society of the Faith’, must be sent no later than 1st October to the Society’s Secretary, Mrs Margery Roberts, 7 Nunnery Stables, St Albans, Herts. AL1 2AS

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Enquiries about membership of the Society are welcome, especially from laity and clergy who are interested in Church arts and crafts.  Please see the section on Membership.

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The Society is administered by trustees, known as the Court of Fellows, assisted by the Secretary and Treasurer.

Dates for 2017/18 are –

21 November 2017 – Court meeting

8 February 2018 – Court meeting

7 June 2018 – Court meeting

24 July 2018 – Eucharist, AGM and Court (subject to consultation with Westminster Abbey)

The dates of further meetings of the Court will be decided at the Court Meeting after the AGM.

All meetings are in the Douglas Room at Faith House.