Multi Faith Devon
Christians in Devon find themselves increasingly in a shared faith environment, living and worshipping alongside a variety of religious traditions from many parts of the world.
The county has two of the oldest synagogues in the country in Exeter and Plymouth. There is a new Mosque in Exeter and Muslim centres elsewhere.
There is a Sikh Gurdwara and Hindu Temple project in Exeter, and Buddhist communities and centres in both urban and rural Devon.
There are smaller Bahai’ and Pagan groups, and a Devon Humanist organisation.
At times members of churches work together on shared pieces of work and projects. Some of these are highlighted in this section.
A tool available for Anglican parishes to check on the diversity of their own community is available from the national ‘Presence and Engagement’ project.
Simply enter your postcode on this website and check: http://www.presenceandengagement.org.uk
Devon Faith & Belief Forum (DFBF)
DFBF brings together people from different faith and belief traditions to build a better society through promoting good relations, encouraging better understanding and developing stronger bonds between our communities.
It has a strategic role across Devon and relates to Local Authorities, Devon Strategic Partnership, the Police, Health agencies and other bodies in the voluntary sector.
Its main activities are organising an InterFaith Week event each November, a summer Annual Meeting with a prominent speaker and supporting a Devon InterFaith Youth (DIFY) network, among other projects.
Devon Faiths Response Team (DFRT)
Led by the Salvation Army, the DFRT is a co-ordinated network of over 60 volunteers which is able to respond in the event of a major emergency or incident in Devon, Plymouth or Torbay.
It works with the Local Resilience Forum (including emergency and blue light services) to offer spiritual support and comfort, as well as practical assistance, to people of any religious tradition or none who may be affected by a disaster such as flooding, bombing, road, air or rail crash, epidemic, extensive fire, etc.
Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity
This is a charitable trust based in the St Jude’s area of Plymouth, supported by Plymouth City Council.
Its main objective is to promote education of world religion and cultural diversity based on the values of respect and tolerance.
The Centre aims to achieve this by creating opportunities for interfaith and multicultural awareness, dialogue, understanding and celebration.
Devon InterFaith 4 Youth (DIFFY)
DIFFY is a dynamic group of young people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds committed to coming together for change. Young people from Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Bahai faiths, as well as those with no specific religious affiliation, gather together to socialise, have fun and learn from each other. It operates as part of the work of the Devon Faith & Belief Forum and the Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity.
Local InterFaith and Belief Groups
There are four local groups which seek dialogue and cooperation, including visits to places of worship and organised talks. These are in Totnes, Torbay, Plymouth and Exeter.