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Congregational research shows appetite for demonstrations of faith across UK.
Far from shunning faith, nearly half of all UK adults (44 per cent) would like to see more demonstrations of faith in their local communities, research revealed today. Specialist insurer Congregational & General commissioned the research amongst 1,000 UK adults, which also showed that more than three quarters (78 per cent) of the UK felt that community initiatives and faith were demonstrated where they lived.
The insurer’s national amateur photography competition – Faith through a lens ( – aims to showcase this type of community initiative and demonstrations of faith, with award-winning photographer Don McCullin chairing the judging panel.
Whilst nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of respondents felt that community spirit was in decline, half (46 per cent) of those questioned felt that faith was ‘very important’, a figure that rose considerably amongst older respondents; nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of the over 65s stated that their faith was very important to them.
Far from confirming the negative perceptions of faith and community spirit being in terminal decline in the UK, the research revealed a strong appetite for community initiatives and demonstrations of faith across all age brackets and geographical regions.
Congregational is encouraging amateur photographers to showcase these initiatives through the competition, with ten shortlisted finalists going forward to an exclusive event during Interfaith Week, at the National Media Museum, on 24 November, where the winner, runner-up and highly commended entries will be announced by Don McCullin and fellow judges.
Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager from Congregational Insurance, said: “Our research findings clearly show that there is a strong appetite for both demonstrations of faith and community initiatives across the UK, which is very encouraging.
“What’s more, community initiatives are seen to be widespread through the UK and we are excited to see some of these profiled through our Faith through a lens competition. We look forward to seeing further entries over the next few weeks, as the competition continues until 24 October. We are also inviting members of the public to vote on their favourite entries.”
Public voting opens from 1 September, via the dedicated microsite ( 
The judging panel for Faith through a lens consists of: Internationally renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin; Chief Executive of Community Matters, David Tyler; Revd Dr David Cornick, General Secretary of Churches Together in England; and Paresh Solanki from Inter Faith Network.
Further details of the competition, entry requirements and prizes can be found at
Notes to editors
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About Congregational:
  1. Congregational & General Insurance (C&GI) is one of the country’s most respected insurers of homes and churches facilitating the coverage of over £40 billion of homeowners assets and almost £5 billion of church assets throughout the UK.  More information is available at
  2. Based in Bradford, C&GI is wholly-owned by the Congregational & General  Charitable Trust which to date has received over £6million for disbursement through grant application to churches and other worthy causes.


Congregational & General Insurance plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the
Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Financial Services Register No. 202089.

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