King of Jordan will honour interfaith group

AWARD-WINNING: Interfaith Glasgow members during World Interfaith Harmony Week

A NEW Glasgow charity has gained international recognition for its work building links between the city’s diverse faith communities.

Interfaith Glasgow will be presented with the bronze King Abdullah II medal in Jordan on Wednesday for its activities during World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Interfaith Glasgow chairman Philip Mendelsohn, a former president of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said: “Too often religious differences are seen as a cause of division and tension.

“Interfaith Glasgow is a young charity which exists to deepen relations and mutual respect among people from different faiths and beliefs.

“The financial award we receive as part of the prize will help us to plan lots of activities in the future. We are very grateful to King Abdullah II of Jordan for his generous commitment to fostering harmony among the world’s religions.”

During World Interfaith Harmony Week, the organisation arranged three events — a discussion among Jews, Muslims and Christians on what their sacred texts said about how to engage with those who do not share their beliefs; a community meal in a Sikh temple; and a reflection session involving volunteers from Interfaith Glasgow’s Weekend Club, which works with Glasgow’s refugees and asylum seekers.

First prize went to Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, with runner-up the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

The medal will be collected by Mr Mendelsohn and director Rose Drew.

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