Date: 20th Feb – 24th Feb 2012
Dialogue School Session 5: Essentials of Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue
With Rosalind Miller, Islington Faiths Forum
In this practical session, our guest speaker drew on her experience as Development Director for the Islington Faiths Forum to suggest some guiding principles and “do’s” and “don’ts” for successful dialogue among people with different religious and cultural identities.
The students continued work on their community centre dialogue projects, gradually building up the contacts and partnerships needed to make a success of their plans.
The students got a flavour of London politics at the Greater London Assembly, even receiving a special mention from the Chair, Jennette Arnold, and a welcome from the Mayor, Boris Johnson.
The students then visited the Department for Communities and Local Government, where their hosts, including Stuart Hoggan, Deputy Director for Integration, gave very informative presentations on integration, equalities and enterprise and decentralisation. They were able to ask questions and enter into discussion on a range of questions of common concern.
External Event: ‘The Era of Literature in the 21st Century and the Love Theorem.’
Some of the students attended this event with award winning novelist Elif Shafak, who discussed modern life styles and technology, and the value of love, simplicity and living in the moment. The event was held by the Network of Students (NoS) at Kings College London.
Dialogue’s Apprentice/Dialogue Society Projects
Students worked on the management of their various community centre dialogue projects and helped with Dialogue Society work.
Dialogue Society Event: Roundtable with Dominic Grieve, Attorney General
Students helped to prepare for and attended a fascinating discussion on faith and integration with the Attorney General and a select group of invited guests, including academics, directors of relevant NGO’s, senior civil servants and journalists.