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).