Andrew Nicholls (Temple Host) posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be invited to a consultation meeting with Lord Bourne, who is the minister for faith.
He had come to Birmingham as part of a national tour of faith organisations to consult on the recently launched integration green paper and talk of his hopes for inter faith working to support integration and community cohesion.
The strategy sets out a range of actions the government plans to take to bring divided communities together, including boosting English language skills and increasing economic opportunity, particularly for women.
I attended the meeting as a member of the Birmingham Council of Faiths on which I’m the Buddhist representative, put forward by Amida Shu Birmingham. The integration strategy sets out a range of actions the government hopes to initiate.
During the meeting Lord Bourne talked of the need for the faith leaders to work together to help bring about change in such social issues as hate crime. He informed the group that fifty million is being given to local authorities to support his proposals and an innovation fund of seven million that faith groups can bid for. Although this isn’t really a huge amount of money when distributed nation wide its a start and a sign that faith can change communities for the better.