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Loving Your Neighbour: Meaning and Community

Part of With God on Our Side… Religion and War

Faith and community leaders come together to discuss the meaning of helping others.

Is our human capacity to look beyond your own interests to the community beyond what separates us as a species? And in a troubled world, is this quality more necessary now than ever?

Many religions teach the importance of community, and loving your neighbour. But how easy is it in the modern world to practice what these religions preach?

Living in the current world where the internet has us connected to people on the other side of the world, what does this mean for our interactions with the neighbour next door? And what are the obstacles that religions today have in getting their message out into wider society, and making a real difference?

A panel of faith and community leaders discuss their commitment to helping others, and the challenges along the way.

The panel includes Sayed Razawi, a government advisor on religious affairs and director general of Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, a faith-based organisation which supports the Scottish Shia Muslim community; Danish author Kim Leine, whose novel The Prophets of Eternal Fjord won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and explores relationships between Danish missionaries and Greenlandic indigenous communities; and Nick Baines, who is Bishop of Leeds and also known as ‘The Blogging Bishop’.

This event is also part of Nordic Matters

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Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in both the Saturday and Weekend Passes, and is part of The Search for the Meaning of Life Weekend.

BSL Interpretation
This talk is British Sign Language-interpreted. Concessionary access tickets and specific seating requirements can be arranged through our free Access Scheme.

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