The partnership between CIP and the Coexist foundation exists to deepen public understanding about religions and capture the public imagination with a series of cutting-edge cultural projects.
CIP and Coexist are celebrating their fourth year in partnership with the Cheltenham Literature Festival – the biggest literary festival in the UK. At the Festival, we bring speakers on a variety of cutting-edge religious themes to the public. The 2014 programme includes a talk by Irving Finkel on 'The Ark before Noah'; Rowan Williams on 'Law, Rights and Religion'; a panel discussion on the topic, 'Does God Care What I Wear'; and a discussion on 'Faith and Finance'.
LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME
While leadership training for faith leaders is wide-ranging and varied, nowhere in the UK are senior religious leaders trained in leadership skills side by side. After an in depth scoping exercise which secured high level support from leadership experts in UK Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, we launched our inaugral Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme (CCLP) course in 2012/13, taking place in Trinity College Cambridge, St George's House Windsor and Cumberland Lodge. Background information about the CCLP can be found here.
Working with Kings College London, CIP and Coexist are planning a unique art exhibition which will feature some of the best contemporary artists whose work deals with the subject of faith. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full academic programme aimed at students and schools. The exhibition will launch in a central London gallery, before touring around the UK and eventually, internationally.
THREE FAITHS GARDEN
CIP and Coexist have comissioned Chris Beardshaw, the award-winning garden designer, to create a garden which reflects the particular theologies, life-cycles and aesthetics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The garden is planned as a travelling "festival garden" to be hosted at horticultural locations around the UK and internationally. Proposed UK sites include Kew Gardens, Kensington Gardens and the Edinburgh Botanic Garden.
At the heart of CIP and Coexist's joint work has always been the vision of a landmark centre in London, "Coexist House", which would be open to all and in which visitors can celebrate the diversity of the world's faiths, and build understanding and respect across divides. CIP and Coexist are delighted to have been joined in this project by the Victoria & Albert Museum, the City of London Corporation and the Inner Temple. You can read more about Coexist House on the project's website.