The Faith and Belief Forum is chaired by the Chief Executive of Merton Council, and attended by a number of groups in the borough including representatives from the:

  • Baitul Futuh Mosque
  • Buddhapadipa Buddhist Temple
  • Christian faiths
  • Humanists UK
  • Morden Islamic Community Centre
  • Shree Ghanapathy Hindu Temple
  • Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Wimbledon Mosque
  • Wimbledon Synagogue

The Faith Belief Forum is part of the Safer and Stronger Communities thematic subgroup.

Aims and objectives

  • The forum meets four times a year and its main role is to work with the council and others in promoting community cohesion.
  • Members of the group are involved in interfaith work with other faith and belief and community groups, for example the Wimbledon Interfaith Forum.

COVID-19 - A message from Merton's faith and belief leaders

At a time of unprecedented difficulty and change for everybody, our combined efforts as faith and belief leaders are more important than ever.

The leaders of the borough's faith and belief community stand firmly together, regardless of belief, to support everybody in our communities.

All of our thoughts are with those who are suffering, those whose loved ones are seriously unwell or may have lost loved ones, and those who are working so hard to fight the spread of the virus as well as with those who are maintaining our essential services.

We are living in very challenging times and we recognise that, at this difficult time, you may find comfort in prayer.  We ask that, where possible, you give support to vulnerable neighbours or let them know where they can get help.

We stand ready to support Merton's vulnerable residents in this time of national emergency.  We already offer support to vulnerable residents - through activities such as foodbanks, outreach work and befriending.  Now, more than ever, it is important to not just think of ourselves but to think about others who may be in need.

This period of self-isolation will be a testing time for us all but we must do whatever we can to look out for the welfare of others (whilst following the Government guidelines on social distancing).

Merton's voluntary sector has set up a Covid-19 Community Response Hub to coordinate support to vulnerable residents.  If you would like to offer support by volunteering or would like to make a donation please visit the Hub's website: https://www.mvsc.co.uk/news/coronavirus-support-merton

We wish you well.

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.