Therefore, the process of transcending religious barriers through nature, environment and the arts is an integral part of our overall work.
Our new umbrella campaign, "Faith in the Community", provides a framework for delivering both the traditional elements of our work, such as Faith Evenings and the "Spirit of the Nation" photographic program, as well as new areas of work involving long-term partnerships with community, public and business sector organizations and the development of Shared Sacred Spaces within each region of the UK. The term "Faith in the Community" is both a statement and an imperative, reflecting and responding to, the Government's commitment to "create strong cohesive communities in which every individual, whatever their racial or ethnic origin is able to fulfill his or her potential through the enjoyment of equal opportunities, rights and responsibilities.” During the past year we have begun to pilot the Faith in the Community program in Birmingham where we are working with Midland Heart Housing Association and Newman University. Three further pilots are to follow in Bristol, Manchester and Leeds. We also celebrated the UK's first Interfaith Week with an initiative called "Beyond Faith Boundaries" which enabled us to work with four communities in rural or suburban areas - one each in the north, south, east, and west of the UK. We wanted to demonstrate that diversity of faith is in all of our communities - not just in our major towns and cities. Each of these events involved up to 50 people from the local areas. To learn more, visit http://www.uri.org.uk
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