Prof Linda Woodhead at Greenbelt Festival 2014

A leading expert on religion came to Liverpool on 29th June 2015 to talk about her surveys of people's religious beliefs, and the challenges they present to church leaders at a time of great change.

Linda Woodhead is best known for spearheading the Westminster Faith Debates, where leading academics and public figures respond to new YouGov surveys on religion and values today.

She is Professor of the Sociology of Religion at the University of Lancaster, and President of Modern Church, an international society promoting liberal Christian theology.

Matthew Taylor, head of the Royal Society of Arts, has described her as "one of the world's leading experts on religion."

Linda Woodhead's lecture was part of the Theology and Modernity series at St Brides, which is known locally as 'Liverpool's creative, progressive, inclusive church'.

Canon Guy Elsmore, vicar of St Bride's and General Secretary of Modern Church, said:

"The Church of England is facing up to considerable change as it comes to terms with changes in society and patterns of religious commitment. Linda Woodhead's research is proving challenging and valuable to us as we seek to reshape the church to be more relevant to the needs of modern Britain."

You can hear a recording of Linda Woodhead's lecture on Youtube here.