The Faiths Forum for London is a member of the London Resilience Forum and leads on faith sector engagement. The London Resilience Forum ensures that if a major emergency does affect the capital, we are ready to respond and work together to help minimise any impacts.
It brings together a range of partners including Local authorities, transport and business partners to develop and refine our capabilities to respond to whatever risks the future may bring.
The following diagram highlights the structure and relationship of the London Resilience Forum.
Faiths Forum for London is committed to empowering faith communities to be on board with rapid responses that affect the capital.
Past conferences such as that of the Faith and Policing conference highlighted the increasing contribution of faith groups to provide the missing links in emergency management, prevention and response.
The outcomes of the session were fed directly into the appropriate channels to improve the overall planning of London resilience operations.
Unfortunately, in 2017 London experienced a line of terror incidents. Faiths Forum for London played an integral role in bringing together faith communities to condemn the attacks and take part in vigils and meetings on how inter-religious dialogue and interfaith relations, can strengthen relationships both within grass root communities and within wider civic society.
On 22nd March 2017, a terrorist attack took place outside Parliament. The attacker drove into pedestrians on the pavement on Westminster Bridge injuring more than 50 people and five fatally. He then crashed the car into the perimeter fence of the Palace grounds and fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer.
This was a act of terror and evil which took the lives of innocent people going about their day in the capital. Faiths Forum for London condemns all acts of terrorism which seeks to divide communities.
The London Mayor organised a vigil in Trafalgar Square which brought together thousands of Londoners. Faiths Forum for London was invited to join the stage with the London Mayor and the Home Secretary, to bring together senior faith leaders and community activists to condemn the attacks and stand together against hate and evil.
Unfortunately, 2 months later on 22nd May 21017, a terrorist explosion took place in Manchester arena during a pop concert, which took the lives of 22 people, the youngest victim was eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was a pupil at Tarleton Primary School, in Lancashire.
Her head teacher, Chris Upton, said she had been “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word” and was “loved by everyone”.
This was the deadliest terror attack to hit the UK since 7/7 and made us feel deep sorrow. Communities across the UK came together to remember all the victims and families that were affected.
Less that a month later, on Saturday 3rd June 2017 eight people were killed in central London when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market. London was hit with hate and evil again, but filled with love and solidarity in coming together as members of the public, members of faith communities and none and as Londoners.
On 19th June 2017, London was also hit with another attack. A man drove a van into a group of worshippers close to a mosque in north London. Police confirmed that an elderly man had later died, and nine people were being treated in three hospitals in the capital, with some in a serious condition. This heinous attack took place during the holy month of Ramadan. Faiths Forum for London brought members of community to condemn the attack.
It is unfortunate and heartbreaking that London experienced a string of attacks, The Faiths Forum for London condemns all attacks of terror and will continue to bring communities together to stand in the face of evil. We will continue to bring together faith communities in times of rapid responses #LondonIsOne.