- What is the Tameside picture?
- Food Banks in Tameside
- Better off without them?
- Walking the Breadline: the scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain
- Faithful providers report
- EHRC guidance on religion and belief in the workplace
- How to pitch a tent
- Religion and the 2011 Census
- Post-religious Britain?
- Tameside East food bank now open!
- Religion or belief, equality and human rights in England and Wales
- Food Banks in Tameside
- Jubilee Debt Campaign multifaith project
- Tax Justice Bus Tour 2012 [CAMPAIGN - FAITHS UNITED]
- YouGov poll says public backs high quality RE
- Interculturalism – lessons from the field
- Secularism, racism and the politics of belonging
- Hate crime survey
- Serving deprived communities in a recession
- National Inter Faith Week 2011
- All Party Parliamentary Group on religious education
- Community relations in Hyde
- The role of faith groups in the Big Society
- Celebrating faith inspired local volunteering
- Inter faith Network E-Bulletin
- Faiths united meetings and events for 2012
- Diversity Calendar 2012
In February the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published guidance on religion and belief in the workplace based on the judgements in January of the European Court of Human Rights on four combined cases on religious freedom. The judgements affect the responsibilities of employers to put in place policies to protect religion or belief rights in the workplace both for the rights of employees and the rights of customers. While the cases were brought exclusively by Christians, the implications of the judgement apply to employees of any religion or belief, including those of non-religious beliefs.
'How to pitch a tent' is an informative and accessible video introduction to the practice of Scriptural Reasoning, in which Jews, Christians and Muslims come together to study their holy texts. The demonstration takes place in the Bedouin Tent at St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Tameside’s theological reflections meetings pursue a similar purpose.
The first numbers have been issued from the 2011 Census on religious affiliation. Analysts will be pouring over the figures for the next few weeks and months but one interesting fact that emerges from the raw figures is that religious diversity, far from being solely an urban phenomenon, is actually spreading throughout England and Wales.
This report looks at what people of no religious faith believe, arguing that this group is much more interesting and complex than has long been thought.
Tameside East food bank opened on 3 December 2012. St John’s Dukinfield, Holy Trinity Stalybridge and New Life Church Ashton have formed a partnership and joined up with the Trussell Trust. The aim is to help local people in need. Food is donated by church members and the general public. A massive starting boost saw a launch weekend collection arranged nationally between Tesco and the Trussell Trust, with nearly 2 tonnes of food donated by the generous public. Local agencies decide who is in need and can give that person or family a voucher to present to one of the distribution centres.
Tackling child abuse linked to faith or belief - Thursday 7 February 2013, Nottingham
The National Working Group on Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief recently published a National Action Plan to tackle the issue. This follows consistent pressure to take a more proactive, multi-agency approach, including prevention as well as supporting victims. The Learning Day on 7 February will include speakers who were members of the National Working Group and who have some of the most extensive practical experience on this issue in the UK. It is an opportunity for service managers and practitioners to:
Extend their knowledge of child abuse linked to faith and belief.
Understand the messages of the National Action Plan for service providers.
Hear about practical measures which have been put in place to address the issue.
More information and to book: click here
Hunger is not just an issue in developing countries today. Even in seemingly prosperous communities, there are many people living on the edge of poverty and Food Banks have been able to help thousands of individuals and families who have experienced a crisis of some type. All it takes is a sudden, unexpected event – a bereavement, illness, benefit delay, redundancy or theft – to throw people into a genuine crisis.
There has been a rapid growth in the number of Food Banks across Tameside. Groups organising Food Banks share a simple vision: that people should have food to eat and know where their next meal is coming from. Food Bank developments, however, can only be part of a vision for living together where we all care for one another and recognise that interdependence is a healthy model for our common life.
The Jubilee Debt Campaign is inviting all faith leaders to sign a letter to be delivered to the Prime Minister calling for him to seize the moment and proclaim a new Jubilee, rooted in the idea that people around the world should not be permanently shackled with burdens of unjust or unpayable debts, some accumulated before they were born.
A new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report concludes that the law on equality, human rights and religion or belief is likely to remain unsettled and that there are a number of areas in which the law is unclear, under strain or vulnerable to challenge. The research suggests that the most productive level of engagement is with those on the ‘front line’ of decision-making, such as policy-makers, practitioners and workplace managers. This places the focus on the use of equality law and human rights standards and principles as a framework for day-to-day decision-making on implementation rather than litigation. Where the principles established in legal cases are contested, it is important that public debate is conducted in good faith and with respect for the integrity of different perspectives, however irreconcilable they may appear to be.
Seven weeks, 50 towns and cities across Britain and Ireland, one goal: Tax justice for the poorest communities locally and globally. This autumn, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are joining forces to take the campaign for Tax Justice on the road, with a seven-week Tax Justice Bus Tour.
After 60 years of community relations policies— from assimilation, to multiculturalism, to community cohesion, to a new, Big Society approach— this Interculturalism report asks are we anywhere nearer to solving the problems of integration? And while we're at it: what actually are the problems associated with integration? Based on recent research into the frontline activities the report includes consideration of how integration can be promoted in an age of austerity and the skills community groups need for this.
‘Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging' is a collection of papers that were presented at conferences in 2010 and 2011 co-organised by the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. The contributors address issues of migration, racism and religion.
This will focus on supporting victims rather than targeting the perpetrators. They are asking members of the public to help them understand what the focus of the campaign should be. Fill in the survey online.
Deadline: End of May 2012.
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This report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that local authorities in the most deprived areas bear the greatest burden of the public sector funding reductions. Some of the highest ranking local authorities on the Index of Multiple Deprivation are losing the most while some of the most affluent local authorities are losing the least.
Statement from ‘Faiths United Tameside’ about community relations in Hyde.
Faiths United Tameside is a network represents the Faith Communities across Tameside. Many people recognise that a religious faith can support the well-being of individuals and of communities, particularly in times of trouble.
We wish to recognise the distress and hurt that has been suffered by Daniel Stringer-Prince and his family, following the horrible attack on Daniel. We commend the dignity shown by his mother Cheryl. With her, we wish to support Tameside Police in their investigations, and note the support that the Police are receiving from the Asian communities in Hyde.
As people who live in Tameside, we want to draw attention to the generally peaceful way in which different people can get along in the towns where we live. We are committed to moving forward, and learning how to understand each other’s way of life. We believe that the vast majority of us care, even for the person who is different from us.
We believe that all members of society have the right to representation and respectful dialogue and would urge the whole of the local community to use this opportunity to declare peacefully their opposition to any form of extremism and the promoting of any political agenda which is not rooted in the local community.
Despite the problems that we will always face in our daily lives, and the things that are bound to go wrong, what divides us and makes us fearful of each other will always be weaker than that which unites us, that is, our common humanity.
We call for calm, for people to support our life together in Tameside in simple friendly ways, and for a commitment of all people of goodwill to do their bit to mend and promote community relations in Hyde.