We have £60k of resources we wish to deploy towards projects addressing diverse forms of intolerance in our society. We are seeking specifically Jewish-Christian collaborations to deliver this project, focused on wider and more diverse forms of intolerance and hate. Join us for a presentation to learn more. Read on below.
In a nutshell
NB: The projects should address diverse forms of intolerance, across different faiths, races, cultures and issues. The fund utilised however is one designated for Christian-Jewish understanding. Therefore we are seeking projects addressing a wide range of intolerance, but designed and delivered by this specific faith combination. Christian-Jewish understanding will be an additional output as a result of working closely together on one of the most critical issues of our day.
In recent years, the fractures in our world seem to be deepening at an alarming rate. The far right attack in New Zealand earlier this year, the Islamist attacks in Sri Lanka and the antisemitic shooting in California came in rapid succession and shocked the world. The Brazilian elections last year and the rise of populism in Europe show a worrying trend towards intolerance. The UK is in danger of communities polarising ever more deeply.
Alongside this, migrants and BME peoples in Britain are facing increasingly overt racism in the wake of the Brexit referendum. Surveys suggest racists are feeling increasingly confident in deploying overt abuse, with 76% of BME peoples having experienced being targeted by a stranger, rising from 64% in 2016. Racially motivated hate crime has been increasing steadily every year since 2013.
Interconnected with these trends, economic injustice continues to escalate, with the gap between rich and poor widening. In the UK in 2018, the richest fifth of the population saw incomes rise by 4.7%. In contrast, the poorest fifth saw benefits squeezed and incomes shrink by 1.6%. Climate breakdown is exacerbating these trends, with extreme weather, food shortages and increasing displacement likely to generate intense new pressure on resources. These will impact, and are impacting, poorer and more marginalised people disproportionately, leading to further scapegoating and intolerance. The sense of overwhelming uncertainty about humanity’s future is destabilising our collective psyche and the values of respect, compassion, dignity and empathy are in danger of being eroded rapidly.
We see an urgent need to:
The fund we are using to enable this work is entrusted to us by the London Diocesan Council for Christian Jewish Understanding, which was originally set up to fund Christian-Jewish relations.
We want to address what we see as a critical need of our times – preventing a societal slide into greater intolerance in all its many forms.
We seek proposals that include both a Jewish and Christian partner. These can be from organisations that exists for the sole purpose of Christian-Jewish dialogue, or new collaborations between NGOs or communities located within the Jewish and Christian faiths.
We are also open to applications from start-ups and from individual cross faith collaborations, if they seek the backing of more established organisations.
An important aspect of the project will be to build in reflective learning about this dimension of the project delivery. However, the focus of the project should not be Christian-Jewish understanding but rather the wider issues of intolerance.
We have up to £60,000 to deploy in total. This could constitute a grant of £30,000 per year, for a maximum of 2 years. Or could be divided between two or more smaller projects.
The project should address some or all of the following themes:
Methodology and approach
We will favour proposals which include some, or all, of the following dimensions:
The project should demonstrate some or all of the following impacts, including at least one element from each section.
Understanding and awareness
Community building and action
|Invitation to come and hear more: Presentation and networking opportunity||Wed 4th Sept 3pm to 5pm|
|Deadline for expressions of interest:||31 Sept 2019|
|Deadline for more detailed proposal:||30 Oct 2019|
|Final decision by:||1st Nov 2019|
|Project to start:||January 2020 or soon thereafter|
Criteria / Guidelines
The fund we are using to enable this work is entrusted to us by the London Diocesan Council for Christian Jewish Understanding, which was originally set up to fund Christian-Jewish relations. The Trustees of the LDCCJU trust are identical with the Trustees of St Ethelburga’s Centre.
Who are we?
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is a maker of peace-makers. We inspire and equip people from all backgrounds to become peace-builders in their own communities and lives.
Our work emerges from the unique history of the space. Four stories, in particular, express our core values and form the organising principle behind our work.
How to apply
If you’d like to attend the event, please RSVP to email@example.com (please include a link to your website or a give a sentence or two on your background).
Decisions about proposals will be made by a small committee made up of Trustees and the Centre CEO.
St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peace-makers’. We inspire and equip individuals and communities to contribute, in their own particular contexts, to activating a global culture of peace.