While inter faith work in the UK is abundant and overwhelmingly positive, the issue of the Middle East and, in particular, Israel/Palestine can threaten to derail good relations and cause divisions between and within faith communities. The Peacebuilders project offered Christians skills and information to lead and promote positive and informed dialogue among Jews, Christians and Muslims, and those of other faiths or none.
Students engaged with the issues through online and in-person sessions, using a range of voices from communities here and in the Middle East. Towards the end of the course, participants travelled together to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to experience firsthand some of the material and to hear from those living in the Holy Land.
The project was supported by the MB Reckitt Trust.
Our City, Our World
August 2014, young people from the UK (FODIP) and France (Coexister) – Christians, Muslims, Jews and those of no faith – came together in the beautiful surroundings of Ammerdown, Somerset, sponsored by the EU’s Youth in Action Programme. Participants looked at issues of identity and citizenship. Of particular interest was the concept of laïcité and how or whether this impacts on religious identity. We also looked at how global issues such as Israel/Palestine affect cross-communal relations.