The Near Neighbours Programme

The Near Neighbours Programme

The Near Neighbours programme brings people together in religiously and ethnically diverse communities, creating friendships, building relationships of trust and helping people to transform their neighbourhoods together. Near Neighbours works in four main locations in England: parts of Birmingham; Bradford; areas of East London, and in Leicester. The project is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

http://www.cuf.org.uk/near-neighbours

ISCKON UK and Ireland

ISCKON UK and Ireland

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), popularly known as the Hare Krsna movement, is a worldwide Iskcon Mayapur association of devotees of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. God is known by many names, according to His different qualities and activities. The movement’s main purpose is to promote the wellbeing of human society by teaching the science of God conciousness (Krsna conciousness) accorrding to the timeless Vedic scriptures of India

http://iskconuk.com/

Baps

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service.

BAPS has its roots in the Vedas – it was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951). Founded on the pillars of practical spirituality, the BAPS reaches out far and wide to address the spiritual, moral and social challenges and issues we face in our world. Its strength lies in the purity of its nature and purpose. BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families and individuals. Its universal work through a worldwide network of over 3,300 centers has received many national and international awards and affiliation with the United Nations. http://www.baps.org/

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is the permanent assembly of Catholic Bishops and Personal Ordinaries in the two member countries. The membership of the Conference comprises the Archbishops, Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops of the 22 Dioceses within England and Wales, the Bishop of the Forces (Military Ordinariate), the Apostolic Exarch of the Ukrainian Church in Great Britain, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and the Apostolic Prefect of the Falkland Islands. http://www.cbcew.org.uk/home.html

Churches Together in England

Churches Together in England

Churches Together can be found at local & town, county & city, national and ‘four nations’ levels. It is all about relationships and each expression of ‘Churches Together’ has been established by the churches in that place and can be different in activity and membership. However, each is mutually supportive of and supported by the others with the common aim of creating space for meeting and relationship, exploring our common Christian faith and how this is lived out in worship and service to the community.

Relationships also stretch outside the UK through ecumenical bodies in Europe and across the World.

In Churches Together in England much work is done through ‘Co-ordinating Groups’ where the church denominations are represented, often with other Christian organisations and agencies, focussing on a particular theme or issue. http://www.cte.org.uk/Groups/42314/Churches_Together_in.aspx/

The Church of England

The Church of England

The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St Augustine of Canterbury in AD 597. http://www.churchofengland.org/ Please also note the official website of the Archbishop of Canterbury http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/index.php

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) is an ecumenical organisation formed in 1990. Its members include most of the major churches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. CTBI was formerly known as the Council of Churches of Britain and Ireland.

It aims to “serve the churches of the four nations on their shared journey towards full visible unity in Christ” and works in areas of faith and order; mission; inter faith; church and society; racial justice; international affairs and international students. It also produces material for the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” and “Racial Justice Sunday”.

CTBI works closely with Action for Churches Together in Scotland, Churches Together in England, CYTUN (Churches Together in Wales) and the Irish Council of Churches. http://www.ctbi.org.uk/

General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches promote a free and inquiring religion through the worship of God and the celebration of life; the service of humanity and respect for all creation; and the upholding of the liberal Christian tradition. http://www.unitarian.org.uk/index.shtml

Hindu Forum of Britain

Hindu Forum of Britain

The Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) is an umbrella body for British Hindus.

HFB’s activities are broadly divided into three areas:

  • public policy and community consultation for the government;
  • capacity building and project development for the Hindu community;
  • developing good interfaith relations with other faith communities to build a cohesive and inclusive Britain.

At the core of the Forum’s activity is a strong belief in the richness and diversity of the Hindu culture, its value system that encompasses for respect for all beings and faiths and a cultural heritage that facilitates community cohesion and coexistence. http://www.hfb.org.uk/

Inter Faith Network for the UK

Inter Faith Network for the UK

The Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN) was founded in 1987 to promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country. Its member organisations include representative bodies from the Baha’i; Buddhist; Christian; Hindu; Jain; Jewish; Muslim; Sikh; and Zoroastrian communities; national and local inter faith bodies; and academic institutions and educational bodies concerned with inter faith issues.

IFN works with its member bodies to help make the UK a place marked by mutual understanding and respect between religions where all can practise their faith with integrity. IFN’s way of working is firmly based on the principle that dialogue and cooperation can only prosper if they are rooted in respectful relationships which do not blur or undermine the distinctiveness of different religious traditions. http://www.interfaith.org.uk/

Council of Hindu Temples

Council of Hindu Temples

The National Council of Hindu Temples UK (NCHTUK) was established in 1978. It is the oldest umbrella bodies linking Hindu Temples and Faith Organisations and works with them for the benefit of the Hindu community across the UK.

NCHTUK’s main focus is to support the temples of the UK, their management teams and their employees in their work of helping Sanatan Dharma to flourish so that all the people of the UK have access to it. NCHTUK further advises and consults on matters relating to interfaith dialogue, community consultations and capacity building in temples and advises on public policy relevant to the Hindu Community in the UK. http://www.nchtuk.org/

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS)

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) is an academy for the study of Hindu cultures, societies, philosophies, religions and languages in all periods and in all parts of the world.

The OCHS is dedicated to preserving India’s cultural heritage and promoting a better understanding of it through a comprehensive programme of education, publishing and research. It is not affiliated to any religious or political group. It welcomes staff, students and visitors of all backgrounds. The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is a place where all ideas are open for dispassionate discussion and examination.

The OCHS is a Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University, maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity, originality and excellence. http://www.ochs.org.uk/

South Asian Concern

South Asian Concern

South Asian Concern is a multi-racial partnership of Christian followers with a particular concern for and focus on South Asia and South Asians around the world. It came into existence in 1989.

South Asian Concern believes that one of the things our society needs is for people of different backgrounds to know each other and work together, on the basis of mutual respect and equality whilst still keeping intact the distinct diversity of language, dress, food and traditions. The basic ethos is about overcoming barriers and building bridges and it respects people of all faiths and none. http://www.southasianconcern.org/

Vishwa Hindu Parishad VHP UK

Vishwa Hindu Parishad VHP UK

VHP is an autonomous body operating at national and international level. Its objectives are:

  • Raising among Hindus, awareness of Dharma, its tenets, traditions and customs
  • Providing social service to those in need (sewa)
  • Establishing and strengthening links with other faith groups
  • Working to create an effective voice for the Hindu community world-wide
  • Training Hindu priests
  • Co-ordinating with VHP organisations based in various countries and to offer support in all activities consistent with its objectives

http://vhp.org.uk/vhpuk/