About Nottingham Inter Faith Council

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Who we are

Nottingham Inter Faith Council is a local charitable organisation. It has been working in Greater Nottingham for over 30 years and also in the County since around 2006, to overcome prejudice and promote social harmony. We currently assist in the management of several Food Banks in Nottingham

The Council has encouraged local people to get to know each other, in and beyond their communities, through meetings, training seminars, visits to places of worship, social events and healthy discussion. We are affiliated to the Inter Faith Network for the UK. Our President is the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. The management committee includes at least one nominated representative from each of these local faith groups:
Bahá'ís, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Sikhs, Pagans
Our current executive members are (from September 2016) -
Mr Godfrey Nix - Chair
Mrs Surinder Kaur Samra - Vice-Chair
Ms Patricia Stoat - Secretary
Mr Pawan Joshi - Treasurer
Mrs Mel Gotheridge
Mr Richard Hawthorne

What we do

We provide training and seminars on Faith and Belief, to explore different aspects of world religions.
We engage with statutory bodies to address issues of local concern for Faith Communities.
We address issues about religious or racial prejudice, also when we believe that national and international incidents such as terrorism, or some other atrocities, may impact in some way, on our local communities. We respond appropriately, through public statements and by networking through local media and through these communities, to encourage measured responses.
We facilitate events to bring communities together and also to engage area management from Statutory Bodies, with their local area's Faith Communities.

We hold annual programmes of events for members and guests. This includes bringing together members and the wider communities, by providing a safe space for healthy discussion about current Faith topics and social concern, which may be impacting on our local communities.

Our Aims

To share knowledge and promote understanding of the beliefs and practices of different faiths and the importance of spiritual aspects of life. To contribute to a more understanding and tolerant community by building bridges between people of different faiths and showing the wider public the contributions faith communities make to society. To work together in harmony and friendship, with respect for the distinctiveness of different beliefs and traditions. To work in partnership with other organisations, on issues of concern to faith communities.

Why not Join us?

Membership is open to any individuals and organisations in Nottinghamshire who agree with our aims. That includes faith groups and places of worship, their members, and people with no faith of their own who are interested in knowing more. No-one will try to convert you! The emphasis is on learning about each others' ideas and ways of life, and finding ways to work together while respecting the distinctiveness of different traditions. To join the Interfaith Council please download our membership form then and post to us c/o RS Resource Centre, The Vine Centre, Bobbers Mill Road, Nottingham NG7 5GZ.

Partnerships Nottingham Inter Faith Council and One Nottingham -   Nottingham's Faiths Forum was formed in 2009 to provide all faiths with a voice, through the elected Faith's Advocate member, to the City Council's One Nottingham Board. Also to support the work of the Advocate in their role as Board member.

Nottingham Inter Faith Council is a founding member of this Forum, which is open to representation from any Faith community within the City of Nottingham.