This stream of work goes back to our establishment shortly after the Second World War, in 1947. Our founder Amy Buller sought to find new ways of avoiding a repeat of the events of 1930s Germany, including the rise of National Socialism, which she had come to view as a 'false religion'. We work with leaders and representatives from diverse faith and belief groups, to explore ways of collaborating positively to meet the needs of a changing society.
Our focus is on bringing together people of all faiths and none, to address the root causes and effects of social divisions and to incubate ideas for promoting more peaceful, open and inclusive futures. As with all our work, young people are actively involved in every conversation we convene and in the resulting publications and digital resources that we publish.
In November 2020 we convened Faith & Belief 2040, a four-part virtual conference involving participants from across the UK, examining our changing faith and belief landscape and how we might prepare for what lies ahead. In June 2021 we published a short report, summarising the key trends and ideas that emerged from these discussions and outlining priority areas for faith leaders and policymakers to focus on during the next 20 years. A range of further resources, including podcasts and blog posts, can also be found below.