As Birmingham continues to evolve as a Multi Faith city, the need becomes greater for the different Faith communities to relate to each other and to the city at a variety of levels. As well as developing friendships and working together on common issues, it is important that the religious communities are able to contribute with substance to the pressing debates about the future of our city. Faiths for the City is a project - initiated by the University of Birmingham Multi Faith Chaplaincy - which aims to bring together representatives of the different Faith communities, departments from the University of Birmingham and leaders from the City of Birmingham for a dialogue focused on specific issues related to the welfare of the city and rooted in a discussion of scriptural texts. The project comprises three phases: a launch at the University; four events in the city itself; cooperation with The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life 2008.
The Project Launch Event (Click here to find out more)
Phase 2: This will consist of four events in which representatives of the Faith Leaders will be in dialogue with sectors of the city about specific areas of concern. This dialogue will be facilitated by University academics of the relevant departments.
Phase 3: Summer School 2008: The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life has agreed to hold its 2008 school in Birmingham as part of the Faiths for the City process. This will be a two week event probably in the last two weeks of July, that will involve 35 full time course participants plus a number of local part time participants. The summer school plans to engage with various inter faith projects in the city following up the various events that will have taken place over the previous months. It will be led by Prof Adam Seligman of Boston University with Prof John Holmwood Head of the Department of Sociology of the University of Birmingham.
Phase 4: Scriptural Reasoning: The University of Birmingham Multi Faith Chaplaincy is holding discussions with Prof David Thomas (Dept of Theology) and the Centre for the Study of Inter Religious Relations (CSIRR) on the feasibility of setting up Scriptural Reasoning groups in Birmingham for members of at list six different faith groups in dialogue (for more information on Scriptural Reasoning please visit http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/journals/jsrforum/gateways.html ).
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