Faithfully Bridging Differences

'United we stand, divided we fall.'

BIMA is a UK registered charity (no. 1147274) that was formed by a group of experienced mediators and arbitrators, from diverse religious and occupational backgrounds, to promote the use of alternative dispute resolution in faith-based and/or culture-based conflict situations. We see the diversity of our members as a key strength in meeting the needs of conflict resolution in a multi-cultural and multi-faith world.

BIMA's long-term vision is to become the leading interfaith dispute resolution service. To this end, our mission is to:

  • Increase awareness of mediation and arbitration services as a cheaper, more efficient, and less stressful alternative to the court system.
  • Reinforce the positive influence that empathy and communication has on the resolution of conflicts and the accommodation of religious beliefs.
  • Ensure the public has easy and fair access to mediation and arbitration services, as well as other ADR processes.
  • Create a community of mediators and arbitrators, where knowledge can be shared and best practices can be established.
  • Gain support for the use of mediation and arbitration from leaders of different faiths.
  • Encourage dialogue across ethnic and religious groups, and to build understanding and prevent or minimise future conflict incidents.