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Other Projects with the Coexist Foundation

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'.


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.


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.

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Internship opportunity at Coexist House

Oct 25, 2016

An exciting chance to work with CIP's sister project, Coexist House - a newly registered charity aiming to transform religious understanding, perspectives and practices and to build better, more peaceful, relationships across divides.


Sep 15, 2016

Once again, Michael Wakelin, Director of Programmes for Coexist House, is going to run the Macclesfield Half Marathon to raise money for this important project.

Am I My Brother's Keeper? Responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis - booking now available online

Sep 05, 2016

Dr Georgette Bennett, head of the Multifaith Alliance and her colleague Mr Shadi Martini, Syrian refugee and humanitarian activist will be talking about responses to the current refugee crisis. Join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking presentation with information direct from the field.

Blog: Interview with The Revd Dr James Walters

Aug 18, 2016

Dr James Walters, chaplain and inter-faith advisor at the London School of Economics (LSE), discusses the challenges and opportunities posed by religious diversity on university campuses.

CIP Director to speak at upcoming conference

Aug 16, 2016

Join us in Cambridge in September to hear Dr Ankur Barua speak at a conference about the future of inter-faith dialogue, organised by the World Congress of Faiths.

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