Faiths United was established in the same spirit that underpins so much of the Foundation’s work: that our response to shared challenges is so much more effective when we work together.
Faiths United is a coalition of faith leaders and activists responding to the COVID-19 crisis, representing all nine major faiths. Set up at the start of the pandemic, we provide a forum for faith communities to discuss how they have been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, to share best practices, and to drive joint responses.
The group is action-focussed, and strives to support the most vulnerable in our communities: we have donated face masks to food banks, and are developing a phone volunteering programme to connect people who are isolating with those of different faith.
We run a series of online webinars on alternate Wednesdays, with past topics including prejudice and mental health. During Ramadan, we hosted an interfaith Iftar, which was attended by the National Faith Minister Lord Greenhalgh, as well as the First Minister of Northern Ireland and Wales, and the Mayors of Liverpool and Manchester – watch it here. To learn more about upcoming events, please take a look at our calendar.
Faiths United also galvanises its communities behind common causes. We have clapped for carers, and letters from Faiths United members have been published in major UK newspapers. We engage with Government regularly, advocating for the communities we represent, as well as for the moral values that underpin our beliefs.
We are proud to work closely with our Youth Network, who have done inspiring work to bring young people of faith together during the pandemic, to educate and entertain them, and to support others through their volunteering programme to join old and young (JOY).
Dr David Ryall, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Rev Michaela Youngson, Methodist Church
Rev Dr Heather Morris, Secretary of Methodist Church in Ireland
Maj David Evans, Territorial Ecumenical Officer, Salvation Army
Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director, Faith Action
Very Rev Nephon Tsimalis, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Great Britain
Rev Bonnie Evans Hills, Priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church
Qari Asim, Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board
Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director-General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Farhad Mawani, Ismailli Community
Shahien Taj OBE, Executive Director, Henna Foundation
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Senior Rabbi, Finchley United Synagogue
Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi, S&P Sephardi Community
Rabbi Hannah Kingston, North Western Reform Synagogue
Marie van der Zyl, President, Board of Deputies of British Jews
Rajnish Kashyap, General Secretary, Hindu Council UK
Trupti Patel, President, Hindu Forum of Britain
Bhaven Pathak, Director, Yog Foundation
Mandip Singh and Gurdeep Singh, Directors, Gurdwara Aid
Jasvir Singh OBE, Chair, City Sikhs
Dr Peter Chadha, British Sikh Association
Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of the London Buddhist Vihara
Veronica Wetten, London Fo Guang Shan Temple
Ajahn Amaro, Abbot, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Malcolm Deboo, President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
Dr Natubhai Shah, Founder Chair, Jain Network
Nemu Chandaria OBE, President, ONEJain
Padideh Sabeti, Director, Office of Public Affairs of the UK Bahá’í Community
Kishan Manocha, Bahai Community.
Iain Stewart, Executive Director, Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association
Dr Mark Owen, Director, Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester
Dr David Hampshire, Assistant Director, Inter Faith Network
Rt Rev Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford
Rev Canon Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, Leicester Cathedral
Ven Dr Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston
Krish Raval OBE, Director, Faith in Leadership