Interfaith Dialogue

The 2014 Muslim Jewish Conference: An Ambitious, Daring and Unforgettable Week

Ben Kasstan | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Ben Kasstan

The conference followed intense threats to religious freedom, such as the recent ban on religious slaughter in Denmark as well as the far-right's shameful resurgence across the European Union.

Shabbat Shalom! Clergy Take Part in Jewish Sabbath

The Rev'd Patrick Morrow | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
The Rev'd Patrick Morrow

You say 'Shabbat', I say 'Sabbath'? Do Jews and Christians share a belief in the goodness of Sabbath rest? What better way to find out than invite over 40 clergy to immerse themselves in the Jewish Shabbat for a weekend.

How Relevant Is Faith and Religion in a Modern Society?

Reverend David Gifford | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Reverend David Gifford

Interfaith dialogue will have to take its place as a crucial item on everybody's agenda. It is heartening to get behind these students - the leaders of tomorrow - who show us that faith and religion is still relevant to life's meaning and for flourishing, dynamic, societies.

The Muslim Prophet of Nazareth

Sajda Khan | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

The common theological heritage and the mutual reverence of Jesus and his mother by both Muslims and Christians has sadly, become sullied throughout history as Islam and Christianity are often portrayed as implacable enemies, embroiled in conflict. The reality is, despite the troubled history. there have been epochs where Christians and Muslim have co-existed in peace.

Interfaith Within Students' Unions

Kirat Raj Singh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kirat Raj Singh

Faith based societies at Universities have huge potential with their increasing number of members yet we have seen few actively engage with their students' unions... It is important to demonstrate to these societies that the union offers a lot more than generic advice and can help empower them and their members by bringing the different societies onto one platform and opening up channels of communications between them.

Interfaith Dialogue, Humanists and T-Shirts

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

The issue for me is what the purpose of the meeting is meant to be. If it is just a public relations exercise then it seems pointless. If on the other hand real concerns are being debated, for example where religious hatred is manifesting itself in society and people are stirring up violence, such dialogue may help people to appreciate what is happening in their community.

Dialogue Between Christians and Jews Is Vital, No Matter How Painful

Reverend David Gifford | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK
Reverend David Gifford

Today is the first day of Christian festival Greenbelt, which similar to Limmud for Jews, provides an opportunity for Christians to come together, share ideas and debate issues. Taking place over four days in Gloucestershire, there was one speaker on the bill in particular that caught our attention.

Weaving a Narrative of Demonization

Dr. Hisham Omara | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr. Hisham Omara

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has reached such a fever pitch, and in the least expected places of all; British universities - which were once the beacons of free thinking and tolerance.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Juliet Simmons | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Juliet Simmons

When I got to the theatre Israel and Gaza were making the headlines and I was faced with protesters from both sides, searched as I entered the building and told that the blood of Palestinian babies was on both my tickets and my hands.

War Games

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Tech
Ilco van der Linde

Generally I have no problems with targeted ads. I am often as surprised as a little child thinking: how can they know that I am interested in that particular artist or something else. But every time it asks me to start playing War Commander I am shocked to see that 6,600,000 - almost seven million people...my God! - are dedicated to a war game. What does this tell us?

What We Can Learn From the Dalai Lama

Wakkas Khan | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK
Wakkas Khan

Having had the opportunity to hear from many of the giants of the Muslim world, as well as having heard from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, I was pleased to listen to the 14th Dalai Lama His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso on his recent tour of the UK. His talk aimed at the youth was entitled 'Stand Up and Be The Change', and was hosted by Russell Brand.

Interfaith Relations After 9/11

Stephen Shashoua | Posted 11.11.2011 | UK Politics
Stephen Shashoua

Amin Maalouf, the Lebanese author, got it right when he noted after 9/11 that it was a dangerous presupposition to ask someone with different cultural...

In Light of 9/11: Breaking the Cycle of Ignorance and Fear

Ben Bowler | Posted 09.11.2011 | UK
Ben Bowler

In this jet-age age of information technology, there is little excuse for failing to explore world-views and perspectives other than our own cultural heritage and acquired beliefs.