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On Wednesday 15th November 2018,  Solihull Faiths Forum is staging a concert at Solihull Methodist Church on  from 7.00pm to 6.30pm, after a finger buffet from 6.00pm, to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One. Entrance is free.

Entitled ‘From Battles to Brotherhood – One Hundred Years on’, the concert is being staged by Solihull’s churches and faith groups in the presence of the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash. The war will be recalled and peace celebrated in music, words and dance. All are welcome.

For further details, see the event poster

 

On Tuesday 7th August 2018, the Government’s Minister for Faith, Lord Bourne, chose to pay a visit to Solihull to meet with members of the Solihull Faiths Forum and discuss the work of bringing people of different faiths and backgrounds together.

The meeting was attended by representatives of nine of the borough’s faith communities, who joined the Minister in conversation for an hour at the meeting hosted by the Missionary Society of St. Columban in Widney Manor Road.

Lord Bourne and Forum Reps

(Lord Bourne, 4th from right, meets with Forum representatives)

The Minister heard of the history of the Forum, founded in 2006, and its work in maintaining dialogue between faith communities and hosting events aimed at developing greater mutual understanding.  He described the meeting as ‘positive, effective and informative’.

Lord Bourne took the opportunity to explain the Government’s Integration Green Paper, which sets out a vision of Britain where people, whatever their background, live, work, learn and socialise together in their communities.  This vision is based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities, a vision which is shared by the Forum.

The Forum’s Chair, Pat Wilkinson, said: “It was encouraging to see that the Government shares our aim of increasing knowledge, understanding and co-operation between people of all faiths and none, which in turn benefits all in our community.”

 

Our 2018 AGM was held on Monday 18th June 2018 at The Hub, Touchwood Shopping Centre. The meeting began was light refreshments at 6pm, with the formal business meeting, inclusive of Chair’s presentation of the Annual Report and of the Steering Group appointments, commencing at 6.30pm.

Following this our Guest Speaker was Alison McGrory, Assistant Director, Stronger Communities and Partnerships, Solihull Council. Her focus was ‘Stronger Communities and Social Action’.

The meeting was closed with encouraging words from the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, who had been pleased top hear of the work of the Forum during the meeting.

 

Quiz NightOn Wednesday 7th February 2018 fifty eight contestants in ten teams gathered at the Three Trees Community Centre, Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church, to pit their wits against each other for a World Interfaith Harmony Week Quiz Night.

They tackled a hundred varied questions mixing traditional quiz themes such as history, sports and arts with a smattering of faith based questions all with an international flavour, leaving no continent and no major faith unvisited during two hours of testing challenge, interrupted only by a break for fellowship and a fish’n’chip or veggie burger supper.

The evening concluded with a win for a team that joined the forces of four of the Forum’s partners in Solihull Council with two of our Hindu members. As usual, few were in a rush to go home. Conversation continued, more friendships were sealed and folk left with a consensus that ‘we must do this again’.

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