The Pendle Forum of Faiths
The Pendle Forum of Faiths is a group which has been setup to become the representative body of the Faith Communities of Pendle.
The Interfaith movement was the primary community need which led to the creation of BBP in 1989 as a volunteer-led movement. Our organisation continues to strive to this day in efforts to improve Interfaith relations and to help faith communities to play a full and active role in civic and community life. We encourage faith communities to take the initiative of directly engaging with each other to form positive relationships and become more proactive in the delivery of projects promoting cohesion, celebrating commonalities and tackling community needs.
"The Festival of Culture, the Peace Walk, the different sorts of music, the "As a faith leader of a sacred place of worship, I make a promise of working together with my fellow neighbour who does not share the same religion or culture as mine. I will aim to bridge a common understanding between our congregations and build relationships, friendship and respect."
Faith organisations and their constituent members have a vital role to play in the community life of local areas. In particular they have a part in promoting community cohesion, taking social action and community leadership. They can either undertake these roles as individual organisations or collectively. We believe that the message and the impact of such activity are strengthened when they act collectively.
Concerted collective action across faith communities does not happen without support from central and local government and in many instances will not happen at all without intermediary organisations such as Building Bridges Pendle. We believe that Faith communities should not be isolated organisations within local communities and it is therefore essential that they also develop the skills, capacity and leadership to be able to work together with those of no faith.
There is a need for continued dialogue to enable faith organisations (and those of no faith) to gain a better understanding of each other. It is only through such dialogue that organisations will be able to determine the areas in which they can work together and those that pose difficulties. This dialogue will also help to develop a better and clearer understanding of where differences are faith based and where they are culturally based.