Interfaith dialogue supported
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-12-05
The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Minister for Faith and Communities has joined forces with The Rt Hon Don Foster, Minister for Integration, to jointly host A Year of Service, a national celebration of faith-based social action, on London's South Bank.
The event, which was attended by religious leaders and a number of people from faith-based organisations, saw guests invited to contribute to a piece of artwork in aid of London's Evelina Children’s Hospital,which is part of Guy's and st Thomas's. The scene includes nine children, who represent the various faiths, working together on a 'peace garden.'
Baroniess Warsi paid tribute to the efforts of faith leaders - who recently banded together to take part in the annual 'Mitzvah Day' across the world - saying the partnerships the interfaith communities form - not to mention those from different stages of life - could be powerful ones.
"The Year of Service has produced some fantastic projects, like the wonderful Mitzvah Mummies who I went to see yesterday," Baroness Warsi said. "Mothers and their toddlers, meeting, talking to and sharing moments with residents of a retirement home. Intergenerational interaction – such a simple idea and so effective."
“Today Interfaith dialogue has become much more about interfaith action. We see this fact in the 300 local and national interfaith organisations in the UK – more than any other country. Britain leads the world in its interfaith ethos and we can build on this progress. Let’s be inspired by all the good things that are done and can be done in the name of faith.”