A pilot programme to foster deeper inter-faith understanding and cooperation was organised for 20 mosques and churches including the United Reformed Church (URC) last November. This pilot builds upon an existing programme developed by the Christian-Muslim Forum, with online exhibitions, conferences, and panel discussions on topics such as climate change and dementia. Held during National Interfaith Week in UK, event participants could even observe live-streamed religious services and meditation.
Central to several discussions were local faith community responses to COVID-19. Clergy, Imams, lay leaders and volunteers shared lessons learnt from the first national COVID-19 lockdown, and about recent attacks targeting religious worshippers in France.