Interfaith relations

Europe: Sunday 3rd June, His Grace Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey as a trustee of the charity “Brighton & Hove Faith in Action” attended “The Dialogue Society And Fellowship Educational Society’s Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner” at The Grand Hotel, Brighton. The event, breaking fast during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar was held to promote peace, harmony, diversity and mutual understanding.

The Dinner was attended by more than 170 people from 50 local organisations, with a programme of speeches on the Dinner’s theme, “Tackling loneliness and isolation”. Speakers and guests together with the Archbishop of Selsey included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Roger French, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove Cllr Dee Simson, Deputy Leader of Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Lord Navnit Dholakia, the Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Daniel Yates, Caroline Lucas MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, The Dialogue Society Brighton Branch Director, Mahmut Gunaydin and Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Housing, Larissa Reed. [Main photo: His Grace with Chas Walker, CEO of YMCA Downslink Group.]

The evening opened with a one-minute silence in remembrance of the people who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing and in the Grenfell Tower fire.  The event ended with peace prayers from different faith leaders promoting more cohesive communities. Donations on the night were made to The Dialogue Society’s charities of the year, Brighton & Hove Impetus and to Time to Help UK, raising more than £440 for the charities.

Natalie Orringe, Trustee for Brighton & Hove Impetus gave an after dinner presentation on the charity’s work to tackle loneliness and social isolation in the City. Natalie said: “Sunday’s Iftar dinner is just one great example of how much can be achieved by listening and sharing experience. We are delighted that Brighton & Hove Impetus is nominated one of The Dialogue Society’s charities of the year. Our partnership will help us reach more people who face loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor health, by recruiting more volunteers who make such a difference in our city.”

The event was held in partnership with Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council, Community Works, Brighton & Hove Impetus, Trust for Developing Communities, Brighton & Hove Muslim Forum and the Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group.


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