The Sustainable Communities Programme of Initiatives of Change UK, International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ICERAS) and Muslim Welfare House were thrilled to host an uplifting evening of celebration for Interfaith Week on the topic of ‘hope’.
During this two-hour gathering, participants heard from youth leaders of different faiths, including those with no faith, as they reflected on the impact of COVID-19. These leaders shared their inspiring personal experiences; especially as it relates to the forces that unite and divide us.
To read more about the event please read our report.
Becca is 23 and is currently studying psychology. She believes that interaction between people of different faiths creates an opportunity for learning, connection and community, which couldn’t be more important during these isolated times.
Dumisani is originally from Malawi but is currently a third-year music student at the university of Nottingham. He is the Music Director for Gospel artist Matamando and CIC INC. As a young Christian, he continues to spread the gospel through music and endeavors to be an agent of change in his native country.
Josephine is a British Progressive Jew, specialising in the fields of interfaith and community cohesion. After working for the largest faith-led social action charity, Mitzvah Day, she helped co-found the Faiths United Youth Network in April 2020, a platform for young people of all faiths and none to unite to discuss and tackle the effects of COVID-19 in our communities.
Lina is a 14 year old community activist determined to bring racism to an end and to fight for human rights. She is in secondary education, but actively engaged in her community tackling issues like hate crimes and discrimination due to being surrounded by injustice while growing up. She has taken part in TV shows to speak about the importance of interfaith relationship and enjoys sharing her experiences with others to make a positive change, as she ‘believes that together we are stronger’.
Manasi is 20 years of old, in her second year as a university student in India, and is currently studying product design and engineering. She grew up within a Hindu Gujarati household and has grown to love and follow the faith tradition of her family as she’s gotten older.