Young leaders to discuss Brexit & refugee crisis at Interfaith Week Summit

On Thursday 17 November, the second annual Interfaith Summit will be taking place at SPACE Studios in London. The summit will see young leaders of different faiths and beliefs come together to discuss and act on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Sessions will be held on post-Brexit community relations, responses to the refugee crisis, and mental health, identity and discrimination - involving leading NGOs, academics and change-makers.

As part of National Interfaith Week, the Interfaith Summit is an interactive, youth-led space for people of all faiths and beliefs to connect, explore, and act, together. The summit is run by alumni of 3FF's UN award-winning leadership programme ParliaMentors. 300-500 people are expected to attend.

The summit will feature workshops led by organisations such as Kitchen Rituals, who build peace and dialogue through food, as well as the Muslim-Jewish theatre group MUJU. There will also be live music from the renowned interfaith festival hosts Faiths in Tune, all bought together in a festival style atmosphere.

Key contributors include: Solêha Khawar, founder of StreetHands and Parliamentor's Alumni, and Joe Miller, BBC Journalist and Parliamentor's Alumni, Gurinder Jhans, researcher at APPG for Freedom of Faith And Belief, Parliamentor's Alumni, Fifi Kara Founder of Model Westminster.

·The Faith On Campus Panel will be chaired by Amy Longland, Alumni & Prominent Political Campaigner with panellists including Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Centre of Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, Jess Nightingale, Policy Officer at University of Sheffield and Parliamentors Alumni, Marryum Mehmood, PhD candidate at Kings College London on Understanding Prejudice and Parliamentor's Alumni

Cllr Hashim Bhatti, one of the organisers, said: "The tensions and divisions that have surfaced since the Brexit vote, the ongoing refugee crisis, 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."

The Interfaith Summit takes place on Thursday 17 November at SPACE Studios, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 3RH, from 3.30-9.30pm.

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