Birmingham Conversation Symposium
The Birmingham Conversations came to a conclusion with a Symposium on May 20th at the Saffron Centre in Birmingham.
The conversations had taken place over six months and had explored the theme ‘What does Lived Faith look like in a 21st Century City?’ A group of 24 people from different faiths met once a month for three hours each time to talk through the way faith is lived in Birmingham. The group consisted of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Ravidassi and Sikhs.
The topics were wide ranging and included issues such as evangelism and conversion, gender issues, young people and education, caste legislation, race and global conflicts. The aim was not, necessarily, to reach consensus but to find a way to talk constructively about these topics. At the conclusion of the conversation three reports were produced to share the methodology and findings from the conversations and to encourage others to use this process in their own contexts.
The methodology report can be read here Designing for Discussion
The findings report can be read here Lived Religion and Difficult Conversations
A lay people’s report summing up the process can be read here Birmingham Conversations Report