||The development of the Southwark
Multi-Faith Forum (SMFF) is an exciting initiative that is led
by and for faith based organisations such as Churches, mosques,
temples and other community organisations who define themselves
in some way by their religion/faith. Members of the developing
Forum believe that by working together on practical community
activities and on lobbying government bodies for policies that
will help those most in need, we can achieve more for the people
of Southwark than we can acting alone.
The main objectives of the Forum are:
- to promote good relations between different religious and
- to support religious organisations in the Borough to get
further involved in projects to improve the quality of life
for Southwark residents, particularly the socially excluded
- to support religious organisations in the Borough to access
further funds to help them develop projects to improve the
quality of life of Southwark residents
- to lobby the Local Authority and other government and voluntary
agencies to ensure that the views and needs of faith communities
are recognised in their policies and their actions.
- To elect the faith representative(s) to Southwark Alliance
[Southwark's Local Strategic Partnership], to advise these
representatives on relevant issues and to receive feedback
from the representatives.
During 2003 to 2009, the Forum was managed by a Management Group of 10 individuals from Southwark's different faith communities. Since then it has been managed, without administrative support, by a small team of active residents from different faiths who were previously members of the Management Committee. The original Management Group was formed with the help of the local Council. There are 4 Christian
representatives, nominated by the Christian Borough Deans
to represent all denominations of the Christian faith and
3 Muslim representatives nominated by Southwark Muslim Forum.
There are also representatives from the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish,
Bahai and Sikh communities present. There are places reserved
for representatives from the Jain, Zoroastrian and Rastafarian
communities though to date we are still seeking to access
representatives from these communities.
On the evening of September 3 2003 at the Damilola Taylor
Centre (DTC) in Peckham there will is the inaugural meeting
of the full Multi-Faith Forum to which every faith based organisation
in the Borough of Southwark is being invited. At this meeting,
all faith based organisations in Southwark will be invited
to endorse the Multi-Faith Forum and all those voting to endorse
the Forum will then become individual members of the new Forum.
At that time the existing management group will become the
executive committee of the overall Forum.
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