This week at Birmingham City University, we hosted an event entitled: ‘The Future of a Multi-Faith Society’. The evening was attended by a panel of experts which included, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, The Rt. Rev. David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, Rabbi Dr. Margaret Jacobi and Professor Jon Yorke. The panel discussed the implications for free speech, faith and religion and how as a society we can help tackle issues of radicalisation and took questions from members of a lively audience.

The event was a celebration of diversity and a key thinking about how faith can work to help bring communities closer.  Rabbi Jacobi noted, how she was pleased with the conversations and commented on how she found the discussion very positive between the panel and audience.  The Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart talked about how Christianity could help create unity which united all communities together and Baroness Warsi spoke eloquently about how communities should come together and discussed practical ways in which this can be achieved.  This included strategies to make sure legislation follows points of evidence, engagement and effectiveness.

The audience raised some interesting points of debate about what communities and other groups could do to help work in a joint partnership approach.  The event was a huge success and Birmingham City University was delighted to help foster such interesting discussion and debate.  My own personal view is that the panel helped raise some excellent points about what we as a society can do better to achieve more cohesion and ensure fairness and liberty are protected.

I’d like to offer my personal thanks to Rabbi Jacobi, who talked from the heart about her personal experiences of suffering anti-Semitism which the panel agreed, society had to do much more to protect Jewish communities from. I would also like to thank Baroness Sayeeda Warsi for her words of wisdom and her support for all communities who have suffered incidents of hate crime.  I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Rt. Rev. David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, for his excellent community work and his commitment to help refugees from Syria and Professor Jon Yorke who provided key insights into the implications of human rights in this area.

As a proud British Muslim Brummie I can certainly say, Birmingham is proud to have hosted this event.

Thanks.

Imran

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