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Mediating Institutions: Creating Relationships between by Malcolm Torry

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By Malcolm Torry

This unique ebook reviews a large choice of mediating associations, either organizational and non-organizational, in offices, residential parts, and in wider society. Focusing upon associations within the Thames Gateway and with case reports throughout south-east London, Europe and america, Meditating Institutions highlights the significance of knowing, developing and conserving those enterprises that facilitate relationships among spiritual associations and others inside society. Discussing their buildings and actions, the writer asserts that reliable relationships among non secular associations and different teams in our society are crucial for a cohesive and peaceable society.

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The Thames Gateway is therefore an ideal place in which to study the need for mediating organisations, and the roles that they might fulfil. The Thames Gateway The Thames Gateway extends from Deptford to the Isle of Sheppey along the south bank of the Thames, and from Canary Wharf to Southend along the north bank. It contains existing towns, marshland, and former industrial sites; and the channel tunnel rail link runs across it, with stations at Stratford and Ebbsfleet, providing a rapid connection to the Continent and to central London (and perhaps eventually to the North).

Organisations in Sectors We can categorise organisations into different sectors (Torry 2014b: 50–70). An organisation that creates services and products for customers, and in the process makes a profit that is then distributed to its owners, will be in the private sector; an organisation that provides services to a population, and is governed by a State or other governmental institution, will be in the public sector; and an organisation governed by a group of individuals who come together voluntarily to provide for the needs of a particular group in society, and who do not extract a profit from the organisation, will be in the voluntary sector (Billis 1993: 234; Salamon and Anheier 1993: 537; Kendall and Knapp 1995: 68).

To take one example: Fifty years ago in the UK it was still normal for state schools to sing hymns at daily morning assembly. Now it is not. In State schools, the institutions of morning assembly and of hymn-singing have parted company; and school assemblies and the Church’s clergy have largely parted company as well.  During the 1950s a large team of chaplains drawn from a variety of denominations provided pastoral care in numerous industrial premises in South London. Company employees in large num- 1 Religion and Society as Institutional 15 bers attended residential conferences and other meetings organised by the South London Industrial Mission (SLIM); and every year a ‘harvest thanksgiving’ service, at which company representatives presented examples of their work, packed Southwark Cathedral.

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