Through its rich heritage and large and diverse population, London is home to many faith groups from every religion.
Possessing a faith can play a positive role in building self-esteem and confidence; and, by definition, being a member of an organized religion increases one’s sense of belonging.
Faith is one of the three key dimensions of the Lieutenancy’s strategy: Building bridges for a fairer London. We will work with faith groups and individual believers to assist their engagement with the wider London population. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Council on Faith was established to deliver this objective.
The Chair of the Council on Faith is Mr David Dangoor DL.
David Dangoor was educated in Baghdad, Wallingford, Imperial College London and IBM, after which he worked in UK commercial property. He is a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council, and an active Sponsor/Governor of The Westminster Academy in a deprived area of West London. His family foundation, The Exilarch’s Foundation, supports numerous other charities including in education, widening access, science research and medical innovation. Passionate about encouraging young people into science and medicine , David is Honorary President of the Space Science Engineering Foundation and is also a member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
“In terms of diversity of background and culture, London is one of the richest cities in the world. It boasts many sizable communities coming from every corner of the globe. For many of these communities, their faith or belief is their cultural fountain and a source of their identity – representing universal core principles that are shared across all faith and belief systems. Our aspiration at the Council on Faith is to harness these values and reach out to all of those who have made London their home.”
He recently zip-wired across the Thames, by the Houses of Parliament, in support of the Evelina Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Judy have 4 adult children.
Introducing the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London and his Faith Council
Above is a video from the Evening of Faith Recognition and Celebration that the Council on Faith commissioned, along with some photos from the event.
The link to the video can be found here – https://vimeo.com/253459362
And the photos here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/3ff/sets/72157690263762825
London Faith & Belief Community Awards
The Faith Council are proud to support the London Faith and Belief Community Awards. The Awards are an initiative of the Faith & Belief Forum, to shine a light on the great work done by ordinary people to make London a city where everyone belongs and feels welcome – work that often goes unrecognised.
For more information about the London Faith & Belief Community Awards please follow this link.
A film from the 2nd London Faith and Belief Community Awards, which took place on 27th November 2018, can be watched below.