The Centre’s Purpose and Origins
The Centre exists to promote mutual understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs and to build respect between people as fellow human beings. It is an inclusive organisation working with people of faith and of no particular faith orientation empowering them through their common humanity.
The Centre is a shared space where people are invited to speak freely and fearlessly, in the spirit of ‘Listen to others as you want them to listen to you.’
The original idea emerged from the grassroots in a group drawn from the local Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities alongside the University of Derby. The Design Brief and fundraising were achievements of inter-faith dialogue.
The Centre’s strategic review 2012-2015 (soon to be updated) focuses the organisation in four areas of activity:
- As a public educator
- As a training provider
- As an infrastructure and capacity building organisation, locally and beyond
- As a membership organisation, supporting ‘Friends of the Multi-Faith Centre’
The Centre Director has resolved to focus on expanding the training provision with our local and national partners and European programme of activities; to develop greater capacity in the organisation for infrastructure and capacity building activities with cross-sector partners and in so doing to influence public policy and increase levels of publication; and continue to deliver high profile events, projects and conferences of regional and/or national significance. In parallel a network of local “ambassadors” continues to work to strengthen connections with all parts of the local community. The Centre has a small library of religious/non-religious books.