Leeds City Council's is working to to build strategic relationships with faith communities via the Faith Covenant.
Influenced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society, the Covenant is designed to be a joint commitment between faith and belief communities and local authorities to a set of principles that guide engagement, aiming to remove some of the mistrust that arises due to a lack of mutual understanding, and to promote open, practical working on all levels.
The aim is that Leeds City Council and faith and belief communities should work together to achieve various commitments on the basis of the priorities and needs of all communities. Through a partnership between Leeds City Council Safer and Stronger Communities Team and Leeds Faiths Forum the Covenant is designed to influence and be open to all faith or belief-based organisations within the city.
The Leeds Faiths Forum Board, in partnership with the Religion or Belief Hub, have agreed to assume responsibility for implementing and promoting the Covenant.
As part of this, we would like to set up a 'task and finish' working group to ensure that the Faith Covenant is more than a mere series of statements on paper, but has practical relevance. This may be through, for example, organising online or face-to-face discussions on a variety of local or national topics of relevance, being an independent voice in canvassing the views of faith communities, or acting as a 'critical friend' to the Council and its services.
If anyone would like to part of this group or would like more information, please can you contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chair, Leeds Faiths Forum