The Multi-Faith Centre and our partners are developing a network of diverse faith communities that will work strategically towards a more cohesive Derby.
In May 2021, we brought together the city’s diverse faith communities to reflect on how they have been crucial partners in the city’s emergency response to the COVID19 pandemic and to understand how we can use this experience to recover as a resilient, more collaborative city.
The Keeping the Faith event highlighted new experiences of collaboration and partnership across the city and pointed towards changing relationships between faith organisations and local authorities, and what the implications might be for future policy.
We learned that there is a desire amongst faith communities to organise and act strategically and a willingness to be active partners in the city’s recovery. We also identified a growing appreciation of faiths’ unique offer in helping the city’s most vulnerable, but more needs to be done to support and develop partnership and collaboration.
Building on the momentum from the event, the Multi-Faith Centre was tasked by the City’s Stronger Communities Board to re-establish a faith forum or alliance in Derby.
We convened a steering group including representatives from Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian faith communities along with Community Action Derby and Derby City Council’s community development team. The group is chaired by Revd Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby.
The steering group will:
- Develop a faith forum or equivalent body to enable the faith sector to act strategically as a valued partner in the city’s post-COVID19 recovery and beyond.
- Bring forward proposals to ensure broad representation and diversity of membership to ensure all faiths are engaged.
- Create a regular programme of networking opportunities to build engagement, develop relationships, share best practice and intelligence, create awareness of what others are doing and identify priorities and partnerships.
- Support all faith communities and groups to invest time and effort in building relationships with all denominations within their own faith and across faiths.
- Improve the knowledge base of where faith communities are now, what their contribution has been or could be in the future, and what support might be needed to enable faith communities to contribute sustainably.
A report reflecting on the key themes and key messages from the Keeping the Faith event can be found here.
If you would like to contribute to the work of the Steering Group or join a network of other like-minded faith activists, we’d love to hear from you.
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