The Crawley Interfaith Network (CIFN) exists to promote mutual respect and understanding among the various faith communities in Crawley Borough. CIFN objectives are:
- To celebrate cultural diversity and promote unity
- To work towards creating common ground
- To provide a means for the general public to be involved in multi-faith activities
- To be an initial contact point whenever there is a need for consultation or assistance on multi-faith issues
- To arrange annual/regular activities, including events open to the general public which are religious, cultural and social gatherings, in order to foster understanding and build upon differences
- To create dialogue to support bridge building amongst faith and secular communities in and around Crawley.
The EU Referendum – supporting one another and bridge building: Statement from the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
The UK has voted, by a majority of overall numbers of votes cast, to leave the European Union. There are rapidly moving discussions and strongly held views on the issue.
An immediate need is extending support to those who have been targeted with abuse in the wake of the vote, including some members of the Polish community and also people from other ethnicities and of a number of faiths, including Muslim and Sikh. This abuse and hostility is entirely at odds with the values of tolerance, valuing of diversity, and mutual respect. IFN’s member bodies, like many others around the UK, will no doubt be finding ways to reach out and to be supportive at this difficult time.
We are entering a period when the need for bridge building within society will be more important than ever. Faith and inter faith organisations have an extremely important role to play in this as well as in contributing to the debate about future identity of the UK.
Bastille Day attack in Nice – Statement from the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
Our neighbour France has again suffered an atrocity which leaves in its wake dozens dead and injured and a community and country in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this cowardly and horrendous attack.
Such attacks are designed to rupture the fabric of civil society – not just in France but throughout Europe and beyond: to create suspicion, fear and hatred.
It is vital that in the UK we continue to work for a society which is marked by commitment to tackle tough issues with honesty and constructiveness and to work peacefully to resolve disagreement. Extreme voices and actions have no part in this.
Communities will, and must, continue to reject and stand against brutal violence where it is claimed by perpetrators to be in the name of their religion.
It is vital, too, that we support communities that may be rendered vulnerable by events overseas or at home. There must be no room for prejudice which singles out any community because of criminal actions carried out by a few in the name of its religion.
Our thoughts turn back to France and indeed to all countries around the world affected by terrorism. In the UK, many will be holding vigils and times of prayer. We join our prayers to theirs.