The Society of the Faith

The Society of the Faith was founded in 1905 by the Reverend Canon J A Douglas, Vicar of St Luke's Camberwell, and his brother, the Reverend C E Douglas. They were committed to a catholic understanding of the Church of England, and founded the Society to be 'an Association of Christians in communion with the See of Canterbury for mutual assistance in the work of Christ's Church and for the furtherance of such charitable undertakings as may from time to time be decided upon, more especially for the popularisation of Catholic faith.'

The Douglas brothers were also concerned with ecumenical relations, fostering Anglican-Orthodox contacts and founding the Nikaean Club to assist the Archbishop of Canterbury with ecumenical networking.

For many years, the Society ran Faith Press, publishing books both scholarly and popular, as well as church music. By 1921 the Society had also founded Faith Craft to produce high quality vestments and church furnishings.

Although Faith Press and Faith Craft are no more, the Society still pursues its original objectives. Recent co-publications include:

  • Anglican Papalism Michael Yelton - Canterbury Press 2005

  • The Meaning is in the Waiting Paula Gooder - Canterbury Press 2008

  • Lift High the Cross: Anglo-Catholics and the Congress Movement John Gunstone - Canterbury Press 2010

  • Church Linen, Vestments and Textiles Margery Roberts - Canterbury Press 2015

  • The Testing of Vocation: 100 years of ministry selection in the Church of England Robert Reiss - Church House Publishing 2013

  • All Manner of Workmanship: Papers from a Symposium on Faith Craft Elain Harwood, James Bettley. Michael Yelton &,Stephen Keeble, edited by Robert Gage - Spire Books 2015

  • Martin Travers: His Life and Work Michael Yelton - Spire Books 2016

In 1935 the Society acquired the long lease of Faith House, 7 Tufton Street, Westminster. Faith House is currently home to the church furnishers Watts & Company, The National Churches Trust, Sion College and Open Europe.

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