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We are particularly blessed here in Birmingham because over 40% of the population belong to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities resulting in a rich variety of faiths. We have been coordinating our local U3A World Faiths group for 3 years, which has involved discussions and visits to a range of faith buildings, including faith schools and community centres.

Outside of the U3A we are both immersed in interfaith activities through the Birmingham Council of Faiths, of which we are 3rd Sector Liaison Officers and Jean is Secretary. We are also members of the Birmingham City Council Faiths' Round Table and we organise twice-yearly Faiths, Health and Wellbeing seminars. We have also worked with people of different faiths in other countries, particularly Papua New Guinea, Maldives, India, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.

Please let us know if you have a local World Faiths' group and the activities you pursue. Also contact us if you need any advice on operating World Faiths' groups.

 

The annual National Interfaith Week, this year occurs between Sun 11th and Sun 18th November 2018. The aims of Interfaith Week are to strengthen interfaith relations at all levels; increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society; and to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.
More details here - document National Interfaith Week, 11th - 18th November 2018 (12 KB)

 

document Article in March (Cambs) U3A magazine and April TMA (16 KB)

document Reply to March (Cambs) Article from Dr Peter Rookes, National Subject Advisor, Exploring World Faiths (15 KB)