The Inter Faith Network for the UK was founded in 1987 to promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country. Its member organisations include representative bodies from the Baha’i; Buddhist; Christian; Hindu; Jain; Jewish; Muslim; Sikh; and Zoroastrian communities; national and local inter faith bodies; and academic institutions and educational bodies concerned with inter faith issues.
The Network works with its member bodies to help make the UK a place marked by mutual understanding and respect between religions where all can practise their faith with integrity. The Network’s way of working is firmly based on the principle that dialogue and cooperation can only prosper if they are rooted in respectful relationships which do not blur or undermine the distinctiveness of different religious traditions.
Contributions to RE
Understanding about and between people and communities of different faiths in the UK has increased in recent years. This is in part thanks to teaching in Religious education and information which positive media stories and programmes provide, as well, of course, as the work of the faith communities themselves. But prejudice, bigotry, and inter religious misunderstanding still exist and can bring discord and even conflict. There is still much to be done and inter religious understanding should never be taken for granted. It has to be worked for in each place and each generation. To this vital work, the Inter Faith Network makes its contribution.