On Wednesday 17 November, Brent Multi-Faith Forum and Brent Council came together to celebrate the Faith Covenant. The Multi-Faith Forum and the Council signed the Faith Covenant in 2017, pledging to respect each other’s beliefs and planning how best to work together.
Four years later, we celebrated what we have done so far and discussed our plans for working together with respect for the future.
The Mayor of Brent, Councillor Lia Colacicco said: “This was a great chance to come together in mutual respect and cooperation. Figures suggest that most people in Brent are religious, and we were reminded during the pandemic how often places of worship are also places of refuge. Brent Council looks forward to working with local faith leaders and organisations in the future”.
The Mayor also called attention to Brent’s Climate Change and My Religion exhibition, as an example of how Faith Leaders and the Council can work together to tackle big issues.
The original idea for a Faith Covenant came from the Faith and Society All Party Parliamentary Group, so that local authorities could establish better links with local faith communities. Daniel Singleton from Faith Action spoke about the difference the Faith Covenant had made, and how it had changed over the years.
The Brent Multi-Faith Forum now has a number of task groups, and are keen to recruit representatives from Faith Organisations to work on them. Mario Philip, the Chair of the forum, introduced these task groups and the chairs of each. They are:
1. Faith Communities Outreach and Engagement - Rev Ali Taylor and Bea Jackson
2. Youth Empowerment and Advocacy against Inequalities - Pastor Yinka
3. Mental Health - Tahseen Mehar
4. Borough of Sanctuary – Susan Grace
5. Disaster & Conflict Response, and the Environment – Mario Phillip
6. Work with the Police - Frank Dabba-Smith
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