During the 1990s Merton Christian faith groups established a forum which met with Merton Council on a regular basis for discussions on a range of issues. This was developed further in 2000 to form the Interfaith Forum which until recently was chaired by the Mayor. Following a number of changes in the council, and changes in the forum's membership, there was a lull for about 12 months when no meetings took place.
The current Interfaith Forum was re-formed in November 2005 and is chaired by Ged Curran, Chief Executive and attended by a number of faith groups in the borough including representatives from the:
- Wimbledon Interfaith Forum
- Christian faiths
- Wimbledon Synagogue
- Wimbledon Mosque
- Society of Friends
- Other faith groups.
Aims and Objectives
- The group meets approximately four times a year and its main role is to work with the council and others in promoting community cohesion.
- Members of the group are involved in interfaith work with other faith and community groups for example the Wimbledon Interfaith Forum
- The Interfaith Forum is currently working on designing a web-page for the group which will give information about different faiths in the borough, and the forum's celebrations, activities, events and other information of interest.
The Interfaith Forum's vision is to engage all those who
live or work in Merton in creating and promoting a safe, peaceful and vibrant community. Merton Week of Peace provides an opportunity for people to define what peace means to them and to participate in activities and events that promote unity and foster community cohesion.
The group is very keen to expand its membership and would welcome any interest being shown by new groups or individuals wanting to join.
The Merton Interfaith Forum is part of the following thematic subgroup: