Faithlink is a monthly meeting of students from all religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds that come together to discuss issues that affect British young people today and find ways to bridge gaps between their various races and social groups. The first such meeting was held on February 22nd at Bayley Street. The theme was “Religious and Racial Tension in Britain and How to Build Cohesive Communities.”
Dr. David Earle gave a presentation on his work relating to the theme. He spoke about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s notion that, “If we could read the secret histories of our enemies, we should find in each person’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostilities.” Among the attendees were Student Ambassadors for Peace, the University College of London Interfaith Society, SOAS students, the Somali Youth Forum, and members of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP).
The 12th of February 2006, an IIFWP meeting was held in Edinburgh. The conference attracted 24 participants from Edinburgh, Glasgow, some even came from as far North as Fraserburgh, and from the Newcastle areas down south. All the major faiths were represented, and a blend of accents filled the air; everything was set for an interesting Sunday afternoon.
On the 6th April 2006 at 3 o’clock in Weston-Super-Mare, the Mayor and Mayoress of Weston-Super-Mare joined in with the Salt March.
Although there were only 6 people taking part in the march, the mayor had decided to join in. The Mayor’s positivity and enthusiasm for the event pushed him to brave the cold wind to complete the march at the sea side.