Charter for Faith & Belief Inclusion
11 November 2019 IN: Bishop
The Bishop of Manchester, Mayor Andy Burnham, and GM Combined Authority sign a Charter for Faith and Belief Inclusion today at Manchester Cathedral.
The Charter for Faith & Belief Inclusion is an initiative of the Faith & Belief Forum and brings together organisations across society who believe in a society which is welcoming to all people, of all backgrounds and beliefs. Signatories of the Charter commit to working together to promote good relations between people of different faiths and beliefs in their communities, workplaces and wider society.
Bishop David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, said: “Our faith and our beliefs lie at the heart of our lives, both as individuals and communities. The strength and resilience of Manchester is a tribute to how people of diverse beliefs and faiths work in harmony here. This Charter sets out very simply how we will continue to do so, for the wellbeing and flourishing of all.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester is a tolerant city-region, a place that welcomes and has a home for people of all faiths and none. Our 10 boroughs are diverse and proud of it. Our doors and hearts are open, which is why I have placed great importance on the GMCA signing this Charter – it demonstrates our commitment to the power of faith and the power of community.
“Greater Manchester is home to more than 1.6 million Christians, almost 250,000 Muslim believers and significant numbers of followers of Hinduism and Judaism. We are committed to equality, the value of diversity and the end of discrimination, which is an essential part of Greater Manchester’s culture, vision and values in the 21st century.”
The principles of the Charter for Faith & Belief Inclusion:
1. We believe in an inclusive society where people of different faiths and beliefs have strong and positive relations. We believe that intolerance has no place in our communities or workplaces, and that diversity adds value to our society.
2. By connecting people of different faiths and beliefs, we can create a society which is fair to people of all backgrounds – religious and non-religious. We encourage people to engage more across differences and learn to understand each other better.
3. We recognise the need to create a more open conversation about faith and belief in our communities and in all of the UK. We will have these conversations in a spirit of mutual respect and curiosity, and be open to different perspectives.