On Tuesday 26th May the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme hosted a symposium of distinguished panelists and an invited audience to discuss pressing issues of the role of religion in statesmanship and international relations, and the role of religions in addressing religiously motivated violence.
The Global Covenant of Religions
The Global Covenant of Religions is a commitment among religious communities to draw on the depth of their traditions to prevent violence in the name of religion and enable peace. It works to strengthen cooperation among religious organizations, governments and civil society in order to protect civilians, mediate conflict, educate youth, and serve neighbours.
The Symposium featured two distinguished panels:
The first, discussing the question ‘Statesmanship in the Twenty-first Century: What about Religion?’ was chaired by Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and former UK Ambassador to the Holy See, and Head of the Policy Unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Director of UKTI.
The second panel discussed the question ‘The Global Covenant of Religions: A Path to Peace?’, and was chaired by Prof. David Ford, OBE, Regius Professor of Divinity and the Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme.
The Churchill 21st Century Statesmanship Programme
2015 is the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death and the seventy-fifth anniversary of his “finest hour” in 1940 when he became Prime Minister. To commemorate this anniversary the aim of this 21st century statesmanship programme, with Sir John Major as the Patron, is to provide a fitting tribute to Churchill’s memory and his legacy as a world statesman and to identify and respond to today’s top level strategic issues. World class organizations are gathering eminent international panels to examine big global strategic issues, to produce recommendations for leaders, future leaders, policymakers, academics, and global citizens, and to sponsor networks and activity that will reach beyond this anniversary year.
Find out more about the programme here.
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