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HIFN Event Engaging with Differences: 14th October 2015 - 7:45pm at Ruislip Synagogue.

Organisation


Hillingdon Inter Faith Network, established in 2007, has established a strong partnership between local faith leaders, representatives and organizations.

Together, the team is meeting the aims of the organisation by:

  • holding regular inter faith network meetings, where faith leaders and community representatives discuss common issues;
  • developing a programme of inter faith activites and events;
  • working together, supported by the police and council, to develop strategies to address misunderstanding and local tensions;
  • acting as a resource for information on different faiths in the borough;
  • participating in consultation activities and events with statutory and voluntary services to influence service development and delivery;
  • providing support to different faith communities in Hillingdon in the furtherance of our aims;
  • maintaining a database of activities held in each faith building across Hillingdon.

Members of HIFN have to understand and adhere to the objectives, aims and the code of conduct of the organisation.

Code Of Conduct


Building Good Relations with People of Different Faiths and Beliefs

As members of the human family, we aim to show each other respect and courtesy. In our dealings with people of other faiths and beliefs this means exercising good will and:

  • respecting other peopleís freedom within the law to express their beliefs and convictions;
  • learning to understand what others actually believe and value and letting them express this in their own terms;
  • respecting the convictions of others about food, dress and social etiquette and not behaving in ways which cause needless offence;
  • recognising that all of us at times fall short of the ideals of our own traditions and never comparing our own ideals with other peopleís practices;
  • working to prevent disagreement from leading to conflict;
  • always seeking to avoid violence in our relationships.

When we talk about matters of faith with one another, we need to do so with sensitivity, honesty and straightforwardness. This means:

  • recognising that listening, as well as speaking, is necessary for a genuine conversation;
  • being honest about our beliefs and religious allegiances;
  • not misrepresenting or disparaging other peopleís beliefs and practices;
  • correcting misunderstanding or misrepresentations not only of our own, but also of other faiths whenever we come across them;
  • being straightforward about our intentions;
  • accepting that in formal inter faith meetings there is a particular responsibility to ensure that the religious commitment of all those who are present will be respected.

All of us want others to understand and respect our views. Some people will also want to persuade others to join their faith. In a multi faith society where this is permitted, the attempt should always be characterised by self-restraint and a concern for the otherís freedom and dignity. This means:

  • respecting another personís expressed wish to be left alone;
  • avoiding imposing ourselves and our views on individuals or communities who are in vulnerable situations in ways which exploit these;
  • being sensitive and courteous;
  • avoiding violent action or language, threats, manipulation, improper inducements, or the misuse of any kind of power;
  • respecting the right of others to disagree with us.

Living and working together is not always easy. Religion harnesses deep emotions, which can sometimes take destructive forms. Where this happens, we must draw on our faith to bring about reconciliation and understanding. The truest fruits of religion are healing and positive. We have a great deal to learn from one another, which can enrich us without undermining our own identities. Together, listening and responding with openness and respect, we can move forward to work in ways that acknowledge genuine differences, but build on shared hopes and values.

Equal Opportunities


Principles

We wholeheartedly support the principle of equal opportunities in employment and in our committee structures. We aim to encourage, value and manage diversity and we recognise that talent and potential are distributed across the population. Not only are there moral and social reasons for promoting equality of opportunity, it is in the best interest of this organisation to recruit and develop the best people for our jobs from as wide and diverse a pool of talent as possible. That diversity adds value.

We recognises that many people in our society experience discrimination. Discrimination is acting unfairly against a group or individual through for example exclusion, verbal comment, denigration, harassment, victimisation, a failure to appreciate needs or the assumption of such needs without consultation.

Discrimination can be direct or indirect (where there is a requirement or condition on all, but which has an adverse impact on a particular group and cannot be justified).

All forms of discrimination are unacceptable, regardless of whether there was any intention to discriminate or not.


Statement of Intent

We aim to create a culture that respects and values each othersí differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential.

We aim to remove any barriers, bias or discrimination that prevent individuals or groups from realising their potential and contributing fully to our performance and to develop an organisational culture that positively values diversity

We are committed wherever practicable, to achieving and maintaining relationships that broadly reflects the local community in which we operate.

Every possible step will be taken to ensure that individuals are treated fairly in all aspects of their employment at the Association.

Adopted by Executive Ė March 2008