Interfaith conference to discuss justice and peace issues

 Inter-faith collaboration on Justice and Peace issues is the theme of this year's gathering in Swanwick, Derbyshire starting tomorrow. More than 350 people involved in Justice and Peace work: Christians, Muslims, and representatives from the Jewish, Sikh, Bahai, and Hindu faiths in England and Wales will be taking part. The Conference, organised by the Catholic Diocese of Leeds, in collaboration with the National Justice and Peace Network, will discuss: "Who is my neighbour? Speakers include: David Jackson- Inter-faith Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Leeds. Formerly an RE teacher with more than 20 years experience of multi-faith syllabuses. William Steele, Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Leeds. A member of the Bishops' Conference Committee for Other Faiths, he has taught Theology at Ushaw College and was Spiritual Director at the English College in Rome. Elizabeth Harris, Inter-faith Officer of the Methodist Church in Britain, a Consultant for the Churches' Commission for Inter-Faith Relations, and a member of the Inner Cities Religious Council. She has a doctorate in Buddhist Studies from Sri Lanka, where she worked alongside Aloysius Pieris SJ. Michael Barnes SJ - London-based Director of the Centre for Christianity in Dialogue and lecturer on Christianity and Inter-religious dialogue. The Facilitator is Milloe Somerville, a teacher of RE in a Muslim Girls Secondary School in Bradford. She also teaches English to women from the Indian subcontinent. Workshops will be led by various Inter-faith groups such as the Luton Council of Faiths, the Bradford Immigration and Asylum Support Network and the Leicester Council of Faiths. The National Justice and Peace Network comprises Justice and Peace representatives from the 22 Catholic dioceses of England and Wales plus mainly Catholic agencies, missionary groups and Bishops' Conference committees working on justice and peace issues. Call: 020 7901 4864 for details.

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