UNITED FOR PEACE: COMMUNITIES UNITED AGAINST EXTREMISM
This is a national initiative by The Oxford Foundation. Five major events have been held:
The first event was in Oxford delivered in partnership with the Oxford Council of Faiths.
The second hugely successful event was in Birmingham, delivered in partnership with the Chaplaincy Team, University of Birmingham at the University of Birmingham.
Our third event consisted of two major activities. First, delivered in partnership with the Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) drew together 6th formers from seven schools to hear the personal stories of Mike Haines and Ahmad Nawaz followed with Q&A and a discussion around two key questions. Further details can be found below. Second event was a major multi-faith service held at Dorney Lake, Windsor, and brought together leaders from across the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. This event was delivered in partnership with the Lord-Lieutenancies of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; the Oxford Diocese and the Oxford Muslim College.
Our fourth event was held at the University of Birmingham and in partnership with the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. The unifying theme was poetry from across the world.
Our fifth event was held in partnership with the Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Al-Khoei Foundation. The venue was the Clothworkers' Hall, City of London, kindly provided by the Clothworkers' Company.
We would like to offer our expertise and guidance to other groups in major cities across the United Kingdom to initiate similar events in their areas under the national United for Peace corporate imagery. Please contact us. Please also like us on FACEBOOK.
Please download the Service Booklets by clicking on the links below:
These contain prayers of reflection, interfaith songs and messages of support from faith and civic leaders' including HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prime Minister, Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire, Paul Sabapathy CBE, Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, The Bishop of London, Chief Rabbi, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Baroness Neuberger, and many others.