Funded initially by a grant from The European Integration Fund. The Forum comprises the following faiths – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.
In January 2010 the Irish Council of Churches submitted a project proposal for funding under the European Integration Fund Call for proposals having agreed a co-funding partnership with the Office for Integration in Dublin City Council.
In November 2010 the Irish Council of Churches began implementing of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum Project in partnership with the Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration. The Interfaith project focuses on the diversity of faith communities within Dublin City. It works to strengthen existing relationships between faith communities and to foster new ones.
The guiding principles of DCIF recognizes that although participants come from individual faith groups they coalesce around a common identity of humanity and the common principles in our respective faiths.
Service: Our primary focus within our respective faiths is service to others. Outreach and public awareness alongside education can increase the number of services provided over time and improve the wellbeing of individuals, congregations and the broader community.
Interfaith: We are enriched through the diversity of our volunteers and recipients’ beliefs. While our primary focus is providing services, our shared activities facilitate appreciation and understanding of differing faiths.
Volunteers: Volunteers are the heart of our forum; they help people from varying backgrounds and traditions work together.
Collaboration: Fostering community collaborations and partnerships in support of those we serve while taking care to remain focused on our core services. We will provide opportunities for the community at large to offer financial and in-kind support and expertise to help fulfil our mission.
Integrity: We promote excellence within the organization at all levels and are prudent, transparent and accountable in our use of funds. We plan to create a stable and diverse funding base that supports our core programmes. DCIF does not take positions on political, social or religious issues. We do not support political candidates but endorse all activities that service the wellbeing of people.