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.