Promoting inter faith understanding and cooperation
The Inter Faith Network for the UK works to promote understanding, cooperation and good relations between organisations and persons of different faiths in the UK.
It does this through providing opportunities for linking and sharing of good practice, providing advice and information to help the development of new inter faith initiatives and the strengthening of existing ones. It raises awareness within wider society of the importance of inter faith issues and develops programmes to increase understanding about faith communities, including both their distinctive features and areas of common ground.
The Inter Faith Network's member bodies include national faith community representative bodies; national, regional and local inter faith organisations; and academic institutions and bodies concerned with multi faith education.
Information about IFN funding and imminent closure
Information about the importance of IFN's work can be found here, and on how IFN is funded can be found here. A letter from IFN's Co-Chairs to the editor of the Sunday Telegraph, responding to articles published on 3 and 31 December, can be found here. Key points from a letter from IFN's Co-Chairs to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities of 19 January can be found here, and from a letter of 22 January here. The 22 January letter responds to a letter from the Secretary of State indicating that he was 'minded' to withdraw an offer of funding made to IFN over 6 months earlier because IFN has a Trustee who is a member of the Muslim Council of Britain, an IFN member body. A statement on behalf of IFN's Board in response to this letter can be seen here. A 7 February press release announcing that IFN's Board have taken an in principle decision to move toward closure of IFN unless the offered funding - or funding at an equivalent level from elsewhere - is received by 22 Febraury can be found here. A copy of a Circular to member bodies about this can be seen here. An extra edition of IFN's Newsletter on this topic can be found here. A Press Release issued on 22 February confirming that IFN will now move toward closure is here. As at 1 March, the position is that it is expected that operations will have been wound down by 15 April.
Looking After One Another: the Safety and Security of our Faith Communities
Recently updated by the Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN) in partnership with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; the Home Office; the Crown Prosecution Service; the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.
The document contains guidance on responding jointly to attacks on places of worship; working for calm at times of tension; and working to build on and strengthen existing good inter faith relations. It contains material about how and where to report hate incidents, cyber-attacks, and actual or suspected terrorist activity; where to find information on strengthening the security of buildings; and where to find information about working to build – and strengthen – good inter faith relations locally. More info...