As an organisation that works to builds good relations between people of different faiths and beliefs, we need to understand and respond to the societal context we work in. Below are some of the reports and papers we have commissioned or written to explore, clarify and better understand different elements of the context in which our work takes place.

Faith, Belief and Inclusion

This briefing paper by the Faith & Belief Forum and the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London explores and provides recommendations for how to create a London that’s more inclusive of people of different faiths and beliefs.

The report draws on insights from a June 2018 roundtable event where 25 local organisations, academics and policy experts gathered to discuss factors for exclusion for Londoners from different faiths and beliefs, and to share good practice on inclusion. While the focus of the report is on London, it contains plenty of insights for those looking to remove barriers to belonging in the rest of the country.

It is the first of a series of three briefing papers supported by a grant from Dangoor Education which look at different aspects of belief and belonging in London. The next two reports will look at hate crime and the role of the media.

Press release about the report available here

Audio recording from the roundtable event available here

Download the full paper

Faith, Belief and Belonging in London

This briefing paper is the first in a series on how faith and belief relate to social exclusion and belonging in London. Our thanks to Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith, The Exilarch’s Foundation and the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, for their input and support which makes this series possible.

This paper accompanied our Evening of Faith Recognition and Celebration, which recognises the contribution of local projects to improving the lives of Londoners of all faiths and non-religious beliefs. Throughout this paper, we mention projects which have received awards for their contribution to and for faith communities in London.

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Encountering Faiths and Beliefs

Drawing on the experience of educational experts working in schools across Britain, “Encountering Faiths and Beliefs” argues that pupils from different backgrounds need to interact with each other to build tolerance and understanding. It proposes several principles for good practice, including:

  • Policymakers need to move beyond ‘multiculturalism’ and towards intercultural education which actually engages with differences between beliefs.
  • Pupils need to be taught skills to deal with controversial issues surrounding belief effectively.
  • Education should tackle challenges different communities are facing, such as inter-religious tensions and prejudice.
Download the full report here

For more information about the role of Intercultural Education in schools, download our report Beyond RE: Engaging with Lived Diversity.


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