Bringing Together Christian and Muslim Young People

The FeastA project bringing together Christian and Muslim young people in Bradford and Keighley, has just produced its first promotional video.

The Feast features contributions from  Children’s and Young People’s Adviser, Steve Grasham and Near Neighbours Co-ordinator, Wahida Shaffi, and describes the growth and work of the Feast in our region.

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The feast began in Birmingham in 2008 and has since spread to Tower Hamlets in London, and to Bradford and Keighley. Steve said, “At the heart of The Feast is a desire to bring together teenagers of different faiths to build friendships, explore faith and change lives.

“The way we work is to build good relationships with groups of Christian and Muslim young people and then invite them to ‘encounter’ events where they can meet one another. The relationships with the young people have to be developed in distinctive ways, as their varied communities have different structures and youth programmes based on faith and culture.”

The Feast’s work in Bradford and Keighley is run by Chris Reynolds (Youth Worker – Bradford and Keighley) and managed by a Local Leadership Group.

Steve added, “We encourage young people to take the lessons from The Feast out into their everyday lives. This may mean confronting their own prejudices and seeking to make positive changes in their own lives, families and communities. This may also lead to young people leading on social action initiatives like litter picks, collecting food for and visiting needy people, and proactive peaceful protest against injustice. We are proud to see this diverse group of young people making such positive change in their families, schools, neighbourhoods and communities… and maybe the world!”

Find out more about the Feast here: http://www.thefeast.org.uk/

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