Young leaders discuss Brexit and Trump at Interfaith Summit

Fri 18 Nov 2016
By Premier Journalist

Young leaders from different religions have been discussing their concerns about interfaith relations in a post-Brexit and Donald Trump world.

Hundreds of people gathered for the Interfaith Summit on the issue in London yesterday.

The summit is organised by alumni of 3FF’s leadership programme ParliaMentors.

Sessions covered some of the most pressing topics of today including: post-Brexit community relations, the refugee crisis, mental health and discrimination.

One discussion - called Post-Brexit Healing - posed the question of how local communities in the UK can build trust, unity and reconciliation in a time of political and social uncertainty.

Workshops were run by Kitchen Rituals, who seek to build inter-religious dialogue through food, the Muslim-Jewish theatre group (MUJU) and the music group Faiths in Tune.

Cllr Hashim Bhatti, one of the organisers, said: “The tensions and divisions that have surfaced since the Brexit vote and the US presidential election, as well as the rise in reported hate crimes in Britain, show that the need for events like the Interfaith Summit is greater than ever.

"As young people from a wide range of faith and belief backgrounds we are uniquely placed to make a positive difference on these issues, by building a movement for change across our different communities,” Bhatti concluded.

Organiser Grace Louisy spoke to Premier about the motivation behind the summit.

Louisy said: “It’s really unique that we can tackle these issues from an interfaith perspective and have that kind of community engagement with lots of different people.”

This is the second year that the Interfaith Summit has taken place.

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