Fewer Interfaith events in England in 2023 due to security concerns

RELIGIONS NEWS AGENCY (REDNA) – Interfaith Week in Britain was adversely affected by the Israel-Hamas war, with events cancelled and people too anxious to participate.

Last year the Inter Faith Network recorded more than 600 events including walks and shared meals.

This year there were an estimated 485 events, with Jewish people in particular worried about their own safety.

RMC reported there is anecdotal evidence that events were cancelled amid fears over timing and security, some reports of speakers cancelling their appearance and difficulty for some faith groups appearing on platforms with others, although people continued to message privately.

The week, which begins each year on Remembrance Sunday, aims to strengthen interfaith relations at all levels and to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK.

Among the events most affected by concerns about the war in the Middle East, were those that mark Mitzvah Day, a Jewish-initiated social action enterprise. In previous years, people of different faiths have come together to engage in voluntary service, but its founder Laura Marks has noted a difference.


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