Message from Tony Blair
I launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect, friendship and understanding between the major religious faiths; and to make the case for faith itself as relevant, and a force for good in the world.
I have always believed that faith is an essential part of the modern world. As globalisation pushes us ever closer it is vital it's not used as a force for conflict and division. Faith is not something either old-fashioned or to be used for extremism.
Rather, faith is something that has much to give and to teach a world in which economic globalisation and political change is offering many opportunities but also presenting many dangers.
It is my hope that the work of my Foundation contributes positively to the way in which we face these challenges. We do not want to supplant or undermine those who are engaged in the essential organising structures of religious faith.
Neither do we want to interfere with religious doctrines appropriate to each faith.
But rather we want to allow people to respect and value the other person's beliefs, to understands what those beliefs really are, and to let those of different faiths see the values they often share.
And we want to do this in a deeply practical way.
During my time as Prime Minister I helped to advocate the Millennium Development Goals because I believe that they represent the world's values.
One of the main aims of my Foundation is to work with Faith groups to help them to increase the impact of the work they are already doing in this area.
Education is vital to the success of all of these efforts and it represents the other central aim of the Foundation.
Both at school and university level, the Foundation provides education programmes to ensure that the next generation understand the role that faith can and should play in the modern world.
You can find out more about the Foundation's work on this website. But we'd also like to hear from you. This is an urgent and important task, and we need to build and expand the movement.
Please join us.
If you would like to hear more from Tony Blair on why he began the Foundation read his Westminster speech.