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UK Interfaith Summit seeks to create unity in times of division

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The Faith & Belief Forum

14 / 11 / 18

The UK Interfaith Summit is challenging polarisation and social divisions by creating space for dialogue and engagement this National Interfaith Week. The event is organised by the Faith & Belief Forum’s Youth Council, a diverse group of young leaders, and takes place in London on Thursday 15 November.

The Summit will bring together young people (although people of all ages are welcome) from diverse communities to connect with others, explore important themes, and sign up to joint action. Along with workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, talks, and an exhibition space, there will be a buzzing space for sharing food, music and conversation. The theme this year is ‘Intersectionality, Identity and Race’.

The Summit organisers are alumni of the Faith & Belief Forum’s leadership programme ParliaMentors, which equips emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds with skills to create change.

Mamataj Begum, one of the Interfaith Summit organisers, said:

“It’s becoming increasingly important to show that people with different beliefs can work together to improve society. At a time when understanding between people from different backgrounds often seems to be lacking, we want to present a more positive vision and show that dialogue and cooperation is the way forward. The Interfaith Summit brings people together across lines of difference and creates opportunities for them to work together to improve their communities and repair social divisions.”

Sessions at Interfaith Summit 2018 include:

  • A Brexit Café, providing a space for participants to discuss how young people envision the future UK and EU relationship
  • Amplify, an arts-based youth-led programme exploring issues of identity, faith/belief, power, leadership, society, justice, and global citizenship
  • A conversation around mental health and its impact on men
  • A workshop exploring climate change and how people can take action
  • And more!

The Interfaith Summit is open to everyone and is held at:

Human Rights Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
15 November, 3:30pm – 9pm

Interfaith Summit details: https://faithbeliefforum.org/event/interfaith-summit-2018/

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