iBelieve is the IPO’s Faith and Belief Network. Of all the diversity characteristics, faith and belief tends to be the one we talk about least. All of us, have shared principles and values which frame our everyday lives but many people feel a bit uncomfortable talking about their faith or belief. Equally, asking other people about their beliefs can also feel difficult – questions can risk feeling intrusive, or patronising, or even ignorant. The role of the iBelieve network is to support those conversations to help us feel comfortable talking about faith and belief at work - including those of us who have no religion or belief.
Things we’re most proud of this year
From small beginnings, interest in theiBelievenetwork has steadily grown throughout the year and we are proud of these achievements:
Launch of a Yammer Group for Faith and Belief in June 2019 to kick off the conversation
Hosted TED talks event covering diverse beliefs to mark Inclusion Week in September 2019
Hosted panel discussion on “Belief in the Workplace” to celebrate Inter-Faith and IP Inclusive Weeks in December 2019 and to encourage staff to feel comfortable bringing their beliefs to work
Sponsored IPO Carol Service with the support of the IPO/ONS choir in December 2019 to explain the Christian message of Christmas
Launch ofiBelievenetwork in February 2020 to promote the message that the network encompasses not just faith but also non-religious beliefs that shape the way in which people live, such as ‘Ethical Veganism’, ‘Environmentalism’ and even ‘Atheism’.
The focus of theiBelievenetwork for the coming year will be:
To facilitate respectful discussions on faith and belief by hosting events explaining diverse viewpoints on topical issues
Host panel discussion “iBelieve: in the beginning…” where the evolutionary scientific principles will be explained alongside the Judeo-Christian creation story and the Islamic creation account
To raise awareness of major festivals in our diverse belief systems