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Seminar - Interfaith Dialogue & 21st Century Multiculturalism

  • Jul 22, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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This is a Training Seminar at the Westminster Hub and ten free places will be available to fully paid up GlobalNet21 members.

This seminar will look at how interfaith and community cohesion work has helped with the development of multiculturalism and the building of bridges across communities. We hope to look at the issues involved, to what extent this work has enabled community development or hindered it and study good practice. We will look at how local authorities can help as enablers and catalysts both online and off in achieving inter communal dialogue.

This is one of a series of seminars that GlobalNet21 will be holding together with the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) at The Hub in Westminster on Engagement in The Digital Age. Each seminar will last four hours and will consist of presentations, case studies and discussion.

The aim of this seminar will be to look at good practice and then to disseminate this amongst local authorities attending this seminar and beyond though social network platforms and the new media.

12.30 Coffee & Registration

1.00 - Brief Introduction To Seminar

1.10 - The problem. Two short presentations that highlight the problem and the need for creating public space for dialogue. The two case studies will focus on the two issues of trust and engagement.

1.40 - Discussion and Questions

2.00 - Multiculturalism & Community Cohesion - it's success and failures in building bridges.

2.15 - The role of interfaith work in building bridges.

2.30  - Questions to both

2.50 - Coffee

3.05 - The role of the local authority

3.20 - One case study of interfaith and LA working as enablers.

3.35 - Questions and Discussion

3.55 - Building Bridges In The Digital Age. How does the digital age impact on both faith and community. How can it help to build bridges and also make diversity more complex.

4.15 - Case Study of engagement across bridges using social networking and the new media.

4.25 - Questions & Discussion

4.45  - Feedback on Day

5.00 - Close

Please note this is the initial programme and may change as the date gets closer.

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  • Jim

    Thank you Andria, Sherif and Harsha for your thoughtful comments on the faith school issue. I partly agree with Andria, who wrote:
    "I'M NOT SURE THAT I SHARE JIM'S FEAR THAT FAITH SCHOOLS WILL CAUSE INCREASING AMOUNTS OF DIVISION .... It clearly depends HOW religious/fundamentalist the school heads and others involved are".

    However, I think that, irrespective of how liberal and inclusive the head-teacher and admissions policy are, a faith school will necessarily attract kids from homes with that faith, and, willy-nilly, deter kids from other faith backgrounds.
    An academically successful faith school will even encourage families of that faith to move into the area.
    Since faith correlates largely with ethnicity, that could lead to increased ghettoisation.

    July 23, 2013

  • Andria

    Interesting but nothing new for me:-( Abu impressed me most and I think it is his youth that gives him that optimistic air not to mention love of sport:-))

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Andria

      Albania!? Wow, never been there, though i have been to other bits of EE for drug policy reform & treatment conferences

      1 · July 23, 2013

    • Sherif M.

      Thank you for your time . I hope to see you on day in Albania. It's a nice ..I wish success your group ...I have visited U.K and I liked of course... All the best for you and your family

      July 23, 2013

  • Andria

    Cool. It was on my mind as I saw the two head teachers of Millie's previous schoolas I was on my way to the Hub yesterday; they were just going for lunch in NW5 where they teach, but my guess is they would love to have that conversation as they have made "religion" more palatable in many ways i think. Not sure if I could ask secular teachers but I could try, and if so. WOULD NEED TO BE TODAY AS THE SCHOOLS BREAK UP IN AN HOUR!!!

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Francis S.

      There is no rush with it Andria as it would probably take place in the new term anyway.

      July 23, 2013

  • Andria

    It was good to hear that you don't always need a point person in an authority to do the faith (or not) bit...though I fear that this can mean, the person who commits to it ends up with two jobs based on what speaker told us yest re the PA who took it on in one area of the UK

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Francis S.

    I think Andria that if we could get a group of heads together and a GlobalNet21 audience then that would be a great idea and if you could help with that it would be great.

    We have already done one meeting/debate on faith schools and had a House of Commons meeting where it was raised so it has never been off limits ever. It was just that yesterday's meeting was a seminar with a different focus where local authority people engaged with our own around how best to enable inter cultural and Inter faith dialogue so it had a very different focus and audience.

    It would harm the diversity of what we do if we turned every theme into a single issue so a variety of meetings/webinars/study groups is needed.

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Andria

      tBH, i'M NOT SURE THAT i SHARE jIM'S FEAR THAT FAITH SCHOOLS WILL CAUSE INCREASING AMOUNTS OF DIVISION, but then i am not a prophet. It clearly depends HOW religious/fundamentalist­ the school heads and others involved are..

      July 23, 2013

    • Andria

      There certainly seems to be a big push from Muslims and other religious folk to recruit these days, which is fine unless it becames coercive. .. Personally I like my religion to have an element of choice in it. I don't do piety very well, if at all! I am a social activist; in other words by any means necessary within reason..

      July 23, 2013

  • Ruby

    Very enjoyable and informative event - expert speakers who gave us a great insight into their work in this area.

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Jim

    Thanks, Andria. I do feel rather frustrated that faith schools, which I believe will probably be a major cause of future interethnic division, are largely "off-limits" for serious debate.

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Andria

      Shouldn't GlobalNet21 then ask heads of faith schools and heads of secular schools then to come debate or just simply discuss?

      2 · July 23, 2013

    • Andria

      I know heads of schools that my little girl went to...In her short life, she has already been to one faith school - Church of England and now another, whihc is not. And she is constantly asking me questions abut God, Jesus, Islam, Ganesha and other known deities. She also knows her Dad thinks it's all bunkem!

      July 23, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting to learn about progress and targets

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Jim

    Nice air-conditioned venue but needs a sound system.

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • Sherif M.

    Hello Mr.Francis!Hello all!This seminar have a good vision.We needing to accept diversity

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Guillem

    I am really sorry but I cannot make it at that time (I thought it was an evening seminar). Apologies.

    July 19, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Sorry, I didn't realise the seminar was during the day and I have a previous engagement so I will not be able to attend.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Carmen

    Representing Humanism, interested to hear what people have to say.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Ann H.

    Am now available to attend and this is very relevant to my work, so if a spot opens up would love to go!

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I am available for this day and reconfirm my place.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • sarah

    THis looks right up my street, Francis, but I'm away, which is why I didn't sign up for it.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • George

    Good job on these events!

    May 8, 2013

  • Joanna N.

    I enjoyed the meeting at Westminster last night. Joanna

    May 8, 2013

  • Ruby

    Looking forward to this seminar...

    May 8, 2013

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