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Leaving the EU - The important role of faith communities at a time of transition

This short note highlights faith communities’ trusted role in signposting information and as providers of community support and their vital work to unite communities, promote good relations and tackle hatred.

Faith communities play a vital role in the lives of their members and also more widely within society. This is perhaps particularly the case at times of significant transition.

The Faith Communities Forum (FCF) of the Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN) (www.interfaith.org.uk) brings together national faith community representative bodies in IFN’s membership. At a recent meeting it discussed faith communities and Brexit. It also discussed the pressing need for respectful modes of discourse that can bridge rather than divide.

This short note has been developed by the office of IFN in the light of discussion at the FCF and also of subsequent correspondence with the national faith community member bodies of IFN about Brexit. It highlights faith communities’ trusted role in signposting information and as providers of community support and their vital work to unite communities, promote good relations and tackle hatred.