On the first of May 2009, Paul Currie set out to walk the length and breadth of the UK from near Thurso to Southampton via Ireland, around 1000 miles. His intention was to raise funds and awareness to establish an Interfaith Youth Hostel. He took no money with him and no support. After 40 days he reached the sea at Christchurch. See his blog here.
Three speakers, Shamaalia Nooranne ( Muslim faith), Paul Currie (UPF) and Dr. Maureen Siers (Baha'i) gave talks to the mixed audience at the Darnly Community Centre in Glasgow. Shamaalia pointed out that "we need pure intentions to create a cohesive community", Paul talked of the principles of selflessness and genuinely lving for others that need to underpin the building of a community. Maureen gave insights into the Baha’i community. Following the talks prayers were given for world peace.
Message from Canon Andrew White read out to the recent ‘Joint Celebration of Holy events of the Three Faiths of Abraham’.
‘Greetings from Baghdad, I am so sorry that I am unable to be with you today especially as my great friend and member of my board Dr Raheem Kahn is behind this event.
Today you come together as members of the three great monotheistic faiths, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Together we have one great thing in common we all believe that G-d is one. We all believe that G-d is part of our life and we believe interfaith activity does not make us weak in our faith it should makes us stronger and indeed more orthodox in what we believe and practice. Unlike many in the West I do not live and work with those who do not believe much. Most people believe firmly in their faith. Yet they are serious about engaging with the other. (Photo Link)
On the 22nd February we had a great youth interfaith meeting in Bayley Street next to the University campus. The theme was religious and racial tension in Britain & how to build cohesive communities. Dr David Earle gave a presentation on his work relating to the theme which moved and empowered all present and created the base for a vigorous discussion. After his power point presentation the words of conclusion were: “If we could read the secret histories of our enemies, we should find in each person’s life sorrow & suffering enough to disarm all hostilities” (Longfellow.) The audience was made up of Peace Ambassadors, regular & associate CARP members, STF team, future founding members of the UCL interfaith society, SOAS students, and the Somali Youth Forum. There was a lot of food to share after as people socialized, and got to know each other more, catching up with each other’s lives. Some of us even moved on to a local café and talked late into the evening about how to develop our work across religious and cultural boundaries.