Conference – Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue in Preventing another 7/7 at the House of Lords

Free to Attend

House of Lords, London

Dr Chris Hewer

St Ethelburga Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations

Dr Thomas Michel

Vatican Secretariat for Inter-Religious Dialogue

Ilnur Cevik

Editor of New Anatolian Daily Newspaper

Pastor Robin Marsh

Secretary General of IIFWP in UK

A conference organised a day before the first anniversary of the tragic events that took place on 07/07/05. The conference emphasised the necessity of (belief in) interfaith and intercultural dialogue in eradicating the root causes of terrorism, namely prejudice, alienation misunderstanding, suspicion, fear, animosity and hatred. The conference targeted the both members of the House and opinion makers.

Timeline

  • Opening Remarks – The Lord Ahmed of Roterham
  • Speech – Dr Chris Hewer, St Ethelburga Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Speech – Pastor Robin Marsh, Secretary General of IIFWP in UK
  • Video – Peace Through Education and Dialogue
  • Speech – Dr Thomas Michel, Vatican Secretariat for Inter-Religious Dialogue
  • Closing Remarks – Ilnur Cevik, Editor of New Anatolian Daily Newspaper

The conference consisted of three speeches, a video presentation and opening and closing remarks. The first speech by Dr Hewer laid the contextual foundation of the event by looking at the root causes of terrorism and the habitat in which it flourishes. The second, by Pastor Marsh, explained how those root causes can be eradicated by interfaith and intercultural dialogue in Britain in general and in London in particular.. The third, by Dr Michel, was a case-study of the Gulen movement, a faith-based movement originating from Turkey, and the real results they had achieved through education and dialogue and its relevance in the fight against the causes of terrorism. The overall point made was that belief in dialogue as a necessity of faith helps prevent a person from falling prey to terrorist ideology.

A conference of the same title but different speakers took place the following day at the London School of Economics, University of London.

Objective

Explore the underlying causes and nature of terrorism. Introduce clear ideas as to how interfaith dialogue, with the active participation of the Muslim community, can help eradicate the causes of terrorism in Britain.