United Religions Initiative UK

Faith in the Community

Working with community, public and business sector organisations across the UK to promote equality and diversity; social cohesion; capacity building; youth involvement and religious harmony.

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • OtherOther

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther

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The campaign will deliver in-house equality and diversity training; Grass roots projects to build bridges of respect and understanding; Arts and cultural programmes that transcend faith boundaries; Conservation and environmental projects to create Shared Sacred Space in every region; A network, training and support for Interfaith workers; and, A directory of Inter faith professionals and best practice The campaign will demonstrate that: "Spiritual diversity is a blessing not a threat" Each area programme costs around £24,000 and typically the programme in each area will include: a "seeing is believing" tour to faith centres - to meet faith leaders - in the local area; a faith evening which brings up to 100 people from a different faith and different age group together for an evening of appreciative enquiry and shared food; a "spirit of the nation" photographic programme in which 20 young people from different faith backgrounds work together to create a photographic exhibition depicting members of the community at work and at prayer to recognise that members of different ethnic backgrounds make a key contribution to their community and to the economy. After working together for 12 weeks, meeting in the evenings and on a residential weekend away, the young people present their exhibition to the Mayor at a major interfaith event hosted by the young people in the town hall. After this the exhibition tours every school, college, faith and civic centre in the area so that everyone may begin to share in the concept that "spiritual diversity is a blessing not a threat". A local directory is produced which provides details of each of the faith groups in the area together with contact details and other multi faith information.

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