Jewish News launches new interfaith awards

Jewish News launches new interfaith awards

 A nationwide search for those shaping  interfaith understanding and cooperation in Britain is launched today by Jewish News, Church Times and British Muslim TV.

Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day

Twenty-one 21st century leaders will identify and celebrate seven Christians, Muslims and Jews under the age of 35 who are leading projects, running organisations and creating dialogues to bring followers of the three Abrahamic faiths closer together.

It’s believed to be the first time anywhere in the world that media outlets catering to different faiths communities have worked together in such a way.

They will work in partnership with Coexist House, which seeks to boost public understanding of the perspectives and practises of the world’s religions.

“The narrative of faiths in constant conflict is all too dominant today — often perpetuated by the media,” a spokesman for the project said. “Through this unique collaboration, we look forward to shining a light on those demonstrating in their work and their lives how their faith makes them more open, not less, to friendships and social action across cultural boundaries.”

“With a combined audience of hundreds of thousands across the three communities, we are uniquely placed to highlight the many glowing examples of positive interactions to our readers and viewers, and to spread awareness to wider society.”

Nominations can now be submitted via the website until 29 June. A distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Andrew Gilbert, from the three communities will be joined by Sir Bernard Rix and Michael Wakelin of Coexist House and Jonathan Hellewell, communities advisor to Theresa May, to select the final list.  

Those featured will also be profiled by the three media outlets and invited to a reception at Lambeth Palace in November.

The project will conclude around Interfaith Week and, fittingly, close to the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, who has made furthering interfaith relations a priority.

The Jewish News said: “For several years we have been looking to work with media outlets from other faiths on such a joint project and we are delighted that Church Times, British Muslim TV and Coexist have agreed to join us in this hugely worthwhile and rewarding initiative.

“It’s a great honour to be working hand in hand with fellow journalists from other faith traditions to celebrate our common values and emphasise that there is so much more that unites us than divides.”

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