Christmas Journal – 2022 – Issue 2

We welcome you to our second issue of the Christmas Journal, in which we have several exciting reads and creative outlets you may enjoy exploring!

Firstly, we are privileged to have a contribution from Professor Tahir Abbas, FAcSS (Chair in Radicalisation Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague), on his reflections as a Muslim during the Christmas season. We have a short description of our Community Christmas Dinners (and more than 20 events listed!) throughout the UK in which you are welcome to come along and engage in dialogue on our theme “Christmas is Community: Tackling Loneliness”. Arts, poetry, songs, movies… recipes and more!

About Christmas Journal

Inspired by its sister journal, the Ramadan Journal, the spirit of Christmas and the feeling of community, our Christmas Journal is an attempt to bring together the thoughts and expressions on our theme for this season, ‘Christmas is Community’. Over the past 20 years, our charity has championed bringing diverse communities together in the UK – to remind us that we are one community.

Unfortunately, according to recent statistics, over 3 million of us in the UK feel lonely regularly and disconnected from our community. Through short articles written by community leaders, ‘Dear Santa’ letters written by children, the language of art, music and film, and many other creative avenues, we hope our journal serves to entertain and provoke dialogue on our theme.

We hope this journal can spark us all, inspiring us to think of innovative ways of bringing the lonely and most vulnerable members of society into the community. So, in many ways, this journal is part of a larger journey for us at the Dialogue Society – and we welcome you onboard!