This contemporary, bright and informative publication aims to ‘raise the profile’ of the positive benefits of Inter Faith activity across the region. The overall aim is to engage and stimulate readers offering an in-depth view of the positive contribution Inter Faith initiatives make throughout the West Midlands.
FaithShare will present the diverse faith perspectives, giving an insight into different religious views and practices, serving as a tool to increase awareness. Each issue will consist of Inter Faith news, views, events, policies and practice. Focus will be given to ensuring grassroot and mainstream views are equally shared to effectively assist in collective change and understanding.
The West Midlands Faiths Forum has already published two Conference Reports, one Policy paper and a CD Rom providing a wide range of useful resources and web links for faith based organisations (available from the WMFF office).
WMFF was approached in December 2006 by the Birmingham Post to provide a weekly faith-based reflection for publication on Saturdays in the place of the third leader on its editorial page. Since the paper is based in Birmingham (though with aspirations to serve a regional readership too), it was decided to co-ordinate this scheme in partnership with Birmingham Council of Faiths.
The idea is to provide a broader base of writers than those writing the former Theme for the Day feature, reflecting the diversity of the region’s people of faith. The new series started to appear in January 2007. PDFs of each month’s contributions may be accessed below and appear by permission of the Birmingham Post (www.birminghampost.net) and of the writers concerned.The arrangement unfortunately came to an end with the paper's reformat in October 2008. However, the Sikh Times then offered to carry the scheme forward as part of its own change of format from a printed weekly to a digital daily and a faith column began to appear there on Mondays from October 2009 (http://emgonline.co.uk/columnists.php?author=18). Facilitated by Yann Lovelock, who also organised the reflections for the Birmingham Post, the articles there are longer and offer a faith-related feature or report of an event.