Churches and faith communities of various traditions have a great deal to offer to society and to the common good. Typically, these contributions have focused on qualitative contributions that congregations make to the cultural, spiritual, and social well-being of the communities that surround them. Few studies, however, have assessed these contributions in quantitative monetary terms. Even fewer, qualitative or quantitative, have begun to explore how these realities might create a space for faith communities at the social policy table. Welcome to the Halo Project.

Supporting Resources

Globe and Mail Op Ed — Lorna Dueck

Faith communities have made and are making significant contributions to the well-being of Canadians and their communities.

Newspaper Article — Philadelphia

Local communities often have trouble fully appreciating what a neighbourhood church contributes to them and their community. When researchers take a careful look at the numbers, the results are surprising.

Strengthening Vital Signs Through Urban Religious Communities

A review of the planning landscape of the city of Calgary, the size and extent of faith-based organizations in the city, and strategies for enhancing meaningful collaboration between these two significant strengths.

Toronto the Good

This investigative report brings urban centres and their religious institutions back into the dialogue of city building.

Media Inquiries

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About Cardus

Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture. Headquartered in Hamilton, ON, Cardus has a track record of delivering original research, quality events, and thoughtful publications which explore the complex and complementary relationships between virtues, social structures, education, markets, and a strong society. Cardus is a registered charity.