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The Faith Communities Forum aims to facilitate dialogue between the Welsh Government and the major faith communities on any matters affecting the economic, social and cultural life in Wales. 

Who is involved?

Membership of the Faith Communities Forum shall be comprised of two representatives from each of the following faith communities:

  • Baha’i
  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Sikh, and; 
  • Evangelical Alliance Wales.  

Also, a representative from each of the following:

  • Church in Wales
  • Roman Catholic Church in Wales
  • The Free Church Council
  • Churches Together in Wales (CYTUN) 
  • Interfaith Council for Wales.  

The Welsh Government is represented by the First Minister, Chair of the Forum. The Leader of the House and Chief Whip, with responsibility for equalities issues, is the Deputy Chair.  

What is discussed?

Any matters of concern to faith communities in Wales can be raised and, similarly, any matters on which politicians might wish to consult faith communities can also be raised.

Matters of concern between faith communities will also be appropriate for discussion and consideration by the Forum.

Case of Mr Juhel Miah

At a meeting of the Faith Communities Forum on 3rd April 2017, there was discussion of the case of Mr Juhel Miah, a teacher at Llangatwg Comprehensive School in Aberdulais,  who was removed from a flight to New York on 16th February despite having a visa for travel to the US.

The First Minister said that he had written to the Foreign Secretary about this issue and was prepared to write again. The correspondence is available below.