Originating as a project within the Grassroots Programme in 1995, our work quickly led us to forming the Luton Interfaith Forum in 1997, and then in 2000 the name ‘Luton Council of Faiths’ was adopted, achieving independent charity status a year later.
Our membership is now comprised of representatives from Luton’s Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sikh and Zoroastrian communities, all of whom are key contributors to establishing, maintaining and celebrating mutual respect, friendship and tolerance in the town.
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LCoF operates with four main aims:
1) To bring together members of the different faith communities in Luton for deeper dialogue and cooperation.
2) To increase understanding and trust between different faiths, building on common ground between them yet respecting the unique contribution which each brings.
3) To work towards greater social cohesion and community integration in Luton.
4) To see inter faith cooperation as linking into global cooperation between faiths and cultures for the creation of a better world.
LCoF meet regularily throughout the year and has 6 Open Meetings, by invitation only, to people from different faith communities and organisations in Luton, to members of Bedfordshire Police and the local authority.
These meetings are to discuss any issues or concerns, global or local, impacting life locally and to share information on the range of events and activities, undertaken directly by Luton Council of Faiths, to strengthen cohesion in the town.
Initiatives from different faith communities are also shared, and open invitations to their own events and activities are often given, encouraging opportunities of sharing to take place.