“To improve the lives of the citizens of Preston by fostering inter-faith dialogue, understanding, co-operation and joint working on a range of social economic and environmental issues”
Faith Leaders from Preston signed a Common Statement in October 2003
“We are proud of our commitment in Preston to seek to live together in peace and harmony. We urge all our fellow citizens to continue to put aside intolerance, malice and strife in order to attain peaceful and fruitful co-existence and co-operation.”
“We recognise that as neighbours, we have responsibilities to the community, the world and ourselves. We affirm our desire to promote respect and tolerance for the integrity of each others’ beliefs, cultures and traditions “.
Preston Faith Forum was formed in 2003 as a way of representing the voice of faith groups and communities. Since then, the Faith Forum has provided a means for communication and consultation between city council and communities.
We also run, facilitate, and support a number of activities aimed at raising awareness of aspects of the various faiths, and in the process encouraging and promoting dialogue. Preston is a multi-cultural, multi-racial City with people of a range of faiths and of no faith. These diverse communities make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the City.
Between them, the faith communities have a large number of buildings, both historic and contemporary, many of which have been developed to provide community facilities. These old, new and adapted buildings express the diversity which is characteristic of Preston and some of them can be visited as part of the faith trail.
We run a series of events annually for Inter-Faith Week in November and support the "Hello Preston" project working with refugees, asylum seekers and their families.