A grass-roots initiative combining theory and practice to promote intercultural dialogue
The Three Faiths Forum was born of a common vision held by three men of different faiths. Their vision led them to create an organization where theory and research are combined with grass-roots educational programs to encourage dialogue among their three communities and, in broader terms, facilitate a world of peace.
Today the association develops three key areas of expertise in the United Kingdom: educational programs to enable students to discover different religions and talk about them openly at school with their classmates and teachers with the support of professional facilitators; a mentoring program to create links between British parliamentarians and students from various religious backgrounds, with a focus on “empowerment projects” aiming to increase political participation and social responsibility; and, lastly, projects that bring together students of economics and prestigious mentors from the business world in a continued effort to move intercultural dialogue into a new and important sphere today.
The core mission of the Three Faiths Forum is to facilitate dialogue. Workshops in schools represent the Forum’s most important programs. The innovative methodology it has developed makes it possible to address even the most difficult and controversial issues with young people. Teachers and their students are given simple, effective guidelines to enable dialogue and learn to respect and listen to other people’s viewpoints. The Forum has established a strong network of schools and facilitators in London and successfully organizes a number of workshops. Its tried-and-true method is the fruit of extensive experience and fieldwork.
> Three Faiths Forum: www.threefaithsforum.org.uk