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.
13 May 2008 - The Universal Peace Federation’s London headquarters played host to some sixty people who had come to attend the first in a series of interfaith initiative events which are planned to take place across London and beyond in the near future.
Sunday 21st October 2007 - Iraqi refugees sat together with Israeli ex-pats. Iranian grandparents were alongside Palestinians and Israelis as everybody listened appreciatively to ‘Shir la Shalom’ being sung by the Topaz Jewish Choir. A poetry recital given by Fathieh Saudi and Kerry Fleur-Schleiter followed, as did the Muslim call to prayer. Musicians, peace activists and dignitaries of differing faith groups were mixed together for an evening that had been inspired by an Israeli living in London, Yael Lindenboim, and hosted by the Universal Peace Federation at its premises in Lancaster Gate.