Inaugural meeting of the Mayor and Faith Steering Group
"As part of 10 pledges in my first 100 days, I promised to convene a Faith Conference. This will be a unique gathering, a chance to meet like-minded friends and provide a unique opportunity for the faith community to help shape my top priorities for beginning to work with communities right across the region. I am hoping you will be able to come and join the conversation.
I am convinced our faith communities, and faith-based charities form one of the greatest - and sometimes most under-appreciated - sources of strength, vitality and resilience in our area. The region's faith communities are part of the West Midlands we call home, but are also one of the many ways that the West Midlands is connected to the world. I want to get to work straight away to listen, support and discuss how we can work together to:
The various faiths and faith organisations in the region are a force for good and I have lots to learn from you. Lots to learn and much for us to talk about together."
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
Please find the principles and actions of the conference by clicking the download button below.
If you are interested in being a part of this exciting event, kindly hosted by the Edward Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch. Although we cannot guarantee that everyone will get a place, we will try our best to make sure interested parties can get involved, either by attending the Conference, or by being surveyed virtually. Please also share this link with your contacts so that as many people interested in the work the Mayor is doing with faith organisations can be involved. The Conference will be held on Monday 27 November, 4-9pm.
Francis is Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham and Director of Public Policy for the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. He lectured at Oxford and Cambridge before working as a senior civil servant at DCLG and the Cabinet Office. An award-winning social entrepreneur he has also served as an NHS Trust NED and Chair of Finance, and is trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. During the Yugoslavian Wars of independence he established a foundation to support Muslim rape victims, with hundreds of UK schools, businesses, temples, mosques, congregations and churches raising funds for refugees.
Amrick is the Director of the Nishkam Centre (a faith-inspired third sector civic organisation that merges spirituality and secularity for the common good of all humanity) and Chair of the Council of Sikh Gurdwaras, Birmingham. He is also the Vice Chair of the Birmingham Community Support Network, on the advisory board of Faith Action UK and a Board Member at Birmingham Voluntary Sector Council. As a Sikh, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow at Royal Society for Arts and Fellow at the Institute of Leadership Management, he is passionate about growing and developing the capacity of those around him to excel and play active roles.
Andrew Smith, Ashvin Patel, Guy Horden, Asha Masih, Minu Sanghu, Sumaira Farrukh, Harbans Lal, Sinivachin Bachin, Steve Botham, Faeeza Vaid, Hitesh Kukadia, Pastor Jackson, Beverley Lindsay, Benita Wishart, Martin Levermore