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 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.
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 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 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.