Birmingham Faith Map Launched

By on 22/11/2011 in News

More than 650 churches, mosques, synagogues and temples etc across Birmingham have been mapped for the first time to enable residents and visitors to the city to locate their nearest faith centre.

The online map at www.birminghamfaithmap.org.uk was launched today by Cllr Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources, at the city's cathedral with an address by the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt. Revd. David Urquhart. 

The Birmingham Faith Map, which has been developed over the last year with support from the members of the Faith Round Table - a network set up by
Cllr Rudge to maintain close links between the council and faith groups within the city.

The map shows, for the major faiths in the city, places of worship, contact details and the range of functions they carry out. These could be community and youth activities undertaken by people of faith, whether it is led by a faith community such as a church, mosque, synagogue, temple etc; by an organisation or project, such as a youth group, run by people from a faith community; or by an organisation or project run by people from several faith communities, for the benefit of community groups.

Cllr Alan Rudge said: “The faith map shows the contribution of these activities to life and community cohesion in the City of Birmingham. This is a website that serves the needs of all faiths and helps encourage the values of trust, harmony and hope between people.

“I value and recognise the important role that faith communities play within Birmingham. They are at the heart of the city and help to support the on-going cohesion and integration between communities.”

Notes to editors:

1. The website aims to:

- build communication between different faith communities
- help people new to Birmingham find a local place of worship
- build communication between the council and places of worship
- support inter-faith activity and initiatives
- provide academics and researchers with access to faith information

2. The map will be updated and populated with new and additional information provided by members of the Faith Round Table.

3. From the Birmingham Faith Map homepage, users will be able to access information by postcode, faith, constituency and ward using Google Maps.

For further information please contact the press office on 0121 303 3287

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