This report from the first Birmingham Conversations considers the lived reality for people of faith on a number of issues and poses questions to help communities address the issues.
The second Birmingham conversations brought together people of different faiths with artists and curators to consider the way that art can open up new spaces for interfaith dialogue. We also discussed how art and religion are informed and enhanced by each other and when they come into conflict.
The third of the conversations looked at how people of faith operate in the public sphere, where they flourish or feel constrained. We looked at various areas of public life and in what ways people of faith contribute to or are in opposition to the prevailing attitudes in those areas. The report was written by staff from the University of Birmingham and contained recommendations for policy makers and people in business as well as civic leaders.
During the Faith in the Public Sphere programme, we worked with artists Mandy Ross and Jake Lever who were artists in residence and produce works of art to reflect what they saw and heard. Mandy produced the which contains pictures, poems and questions to prompt people to join in thinking about the topics discussed.
This is a Five session resource based on the conversations we held in Birmingham. It contains everything you need to run a series of the conversations including session plans, practical tips, extra resources and helpful suggestions. It comes with a booklet of pictures used to provoke discussion in a number of the sessions.
How can we use places to encourage and inform friendship, understand and discussion between people of different faiths? The Faithful Friends: On Tour project has done just that; by choosing places of special meaning and visiting them together the group grew in their friendship and discovered new ways of talking about how their faith has been shaped and formed. My Special Place is a new resource designed to help groups run their own programme of trips to places of special meaning. It gives you the background thinking and lots of practical tips on topics such as: How to get started Choosing places Organising the trips How to have good discussions You can download My Special Place for free and use it to start planning visits to your special places.
The Faithful Friends on Tour Project has produced a number of videos that can be used in schools, for group discussions or just for your own enjoyment. You can see them all on the Faithful Friends: On Tour youtube channel.