The Big Iftaar at St Peters

Partnerships and Initiatives

Our Director for Interfaith Relations works with local clergy as well as with external organisations to establish projects, initiatives and partnerships that nurture relationships between people of different faiths across our superdiverse Diocese. Some of these are listed below.  

The Feast

The Feast brings together teenagers from different faiths and cultures to build friendships, explore faith and change lives. They work by building good relationships with groups of young people and then inviting them to ‘encounter’ events where they can meet one another.

Birmingham Conversations

The Birmingham Conversations is a dialogue process in which a group of approximately 25 people of different faiths commit to meet once a month for six months to discuss issues relating to faith and society. After each series of conversations the findings of the group are made public through reports and art work.

Faithful Friends

Faithful Friends aims to build a community of reconciliation in Sandwell, Smethwick and beyond. It began with a group of eight friends from different religious backgrounds meeting to eat and build friendship together. Alongside other local groups they aim to put Sandwell on the map as the world’s first ‘Together for Hope’ community, working with Canon Sarah Hills from Coventry Cathedral to pioneer this new initiative.

Faithful Friends on Tour

Faithful Friends on Tour follows the journeys of the eight men as they travel to places that hold a special spiritual meaning  to each member of the group, from Dewsbury to Amritsar. A film will document these journeys, exploring the relationships that are formed and unpacking the issues raised as the friends tour these special holy places together. 

Near Neighbours

Near Neighbours is a national Church Urban Fund network that aims to bring near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse together, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.


Interserve is a non-denominational Christian missional community that works in cross-cultural mission in the UK as well as abroad, modelling culturally appropriate ways that help people of an Asian & Arab family background to see, hear, understand and respond to the good news about Jesus. 

Interfaith News

Environmental  Iftar at St Peter's Church
4 June 2019
Environmental Iftar at St Peter's Church We have held three iftars at St Peter’s in Hall Green since 2015 and each one has been thoroughly enjoyable and memorable. An iftar is the meal held every evening at the end of a ...
Community cohesion in Birmingham
24 April 2019
Community cohesion in Birmingham Reflections on a six-week internship in interfaith work in Birmingham.
25 March 2019
#WeStandTogether Members of Diocesan Synod joined with Sikh and Muslim community leaders in Smethwick in a show of solidarity
Church of England schools line up for awards: Christ Church Primary School in Sparkbrook shortlisted
21 June 2018
Church of England schools line up for awards: Christ Church Primary School in Sparkbrook shortlisted Two Church of England schools are in the running to become Primary School of the year, as the 10th national School Awards take place in London on Friday night (22 June).
Together for Hope Award
29 May 2018
Together for Hope Award A group of friends from different faiths in Sandwell have become the world's first Together for Hope community.
Archbishop's Award Hat Trick for Team Birmingham
6 April 2018
Archbishop's Award Hat Trick for Team Birmingham Three of the Church of England - Birmingham team have won Archbishop's Awards.