An annual event organised to commemorate Prophethood and the shared values and characteristics of ‘Abrahamic Prophets’. While ‘Essentials of Peace’ is the primary heading of the Conference, the sub-heading and theme for each year changes.
To seek solutions in the values and characteristics of the Abrahamic Prophets. To come together on common terms, values and characteristics among the three major religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism).
The Dialogue Society organised its third ‘Essentials of Peace’ community conference sub-titled, ‘Truthfulness & Trustworthiness of Prophets’. The conference looked at truthfulness and trustworthiness in the disposition, practice and teachings of the three Abrahamic Prophets.
This year the theme explored the two important qualities of truthfulness and trustworthiness that were ever present in the lives of Abraham, Jesus, Moses and Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Them All). The evening began with a music recital of the reed flute and guitar entertaining the audience with traditional Sufi and modern pieces. Ms Sarah Clive, a professional story teller, captivated the audience with stories of the Prophets as documented in religious texts. The conference consisted of three powerful speeches from Rabbi David Hulbert (Bet Tikvah & Sukkat Shalom Synagogues), Dr Chris Hewer (St Ethelburga Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations) and Mr Ozcan Keles (Dialogue Society Volunteer).
The programme concluded with a live performance by the Whirling Dervishes accompanied by Sufi music, and recital of Rumi poetry. Refreshments were made available during the break and at the end of the programme as well as stalls selling traditional artefacts, gift items, jewellery and books.