The Faith Council, managed by BHFA, was set up to support partnership working between different faiths and as a platform to allow those from various groups to talk to each other regularly.
All faith groups in the city are invited to attend a bi-monthly meeting of the council and hear updates from organisations including:
● Brighton and Hove Faith in Action
● Interfaith Contact Group
● Brighton and Hove Health and Social Care Faith Forum
Groups who attend run a wide range of social welfare services supporting Brighton and Hove’s most needy and vulnerable including foodbanks, youth clubs and homelessness and mental health support.
A theme is selected for each meeting and groups are given the chance to showcase their work and try to find opportunities to work more closely and effectively with others.
If you’re running a vital service which improves the lives of Brighton residents and want to find out more about the Faith Council, get in touch with our vice chair about the date of the next meeting. We do our best to ask all faith groups in the city along, but if you haven’t received an invitation, please let us know so you can be added to our lists.
The November Faith Council took a briefing on the Churches Night Shelter, council severe weather provisions and activities both the activist and Muslim communities are undertaking in Brighton to help relieve homelessness, hunger, cold and suffering. The January 2020 Faith Council is planning on reviewing the need for a faith partnership and the work it might undertake.
The Faith Council is the guardian of the Faith Covenant which is an agreement that provides a set of principles to guide partnership working between faith communities and the city council to ensure an open, collaborative and respectful relationship. It also sets out practical commitments for the faith communities and the city council to abide by to create a constructive partnership with the common goal of helping more people and communities in the city of Brighton and Hove flourish and meet their full potential and ensuring that the faith community has the opportunity to be considered for paid contract when the opportunities arise.