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UPF/IAPD-UK: The Role Of Religious Leaders In The Coronavirus Crisis: How Should Faith Guide Us To Overcome The Covid-19 Challenge?
Thursday 07 May 2020, 04:00pm - 05:30pm
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Please contact Margaret Keverian-Ali or Robin Marsh to register

and receive a Zoom link the day before the event. 



Thursday May 7th 4 pm to 5.30 pm by Zoom 


Edwin Shuker: Vice President of Jews from Arab Lands

Jatinder Singh Birdi: Co-Chair of Interfaith Network UK (tbc)

Bhakti Vedanta Nemi Swami: Vaishnava - Bhakti Yoga 

Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy: Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre

Rt Rev'd Riah Abu El-Assal: Former Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem

Emeritus Prof. Ursula King: Chair of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol (1989-2002) (tbc)

Backgrounder: There is great attention on the role of politicians in the Covid -19 virus crisis that faces all nations in the world. We at UPF, feel there is also an important role for religious leaders. Faith provides hope and morale to fortify those struggling to keep going on the front lines of this effort but also those who are staying at home in lockdown in difficult circumstances, whether it is economic, social or spiritual. There are many reasons why a strong faith can assist the quality of life of the believers in the UK today. Religious leaders can answer doubts about Divine Love in the midst of this tragic crisis by sharing their scriptural wisdom. Religious leaders can comfort those who are grieving with long tested words of solace and understanding. Religious leaders can inspire others to seek for meaning and value in life and guide our motivation when investing in our daily roles in our family, community and work, especially during challenging times.

Religious Leaders could influence the national discourse to keep a sense of perspective. Despite our problems most of the world does not have the National Health Service the United Kingdom enjoys or the economic benefits that have cushioned our experience while under lockdown. Religious Leaders could also emphasise the importance of including more vulnerable nations in our calculations. It is in expressing God's love in our concern for and sharing with the less fortunate of the human family that the solution to this crisis will be found. Unless all of the world are cured no one will be entirely safe or the global economy revive. 

We would like to explore the role of religious leaders at this important time of challenge and upheaval.

Universal Peace Federation - Charity: Number 1185412

UPF is an NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN

Interreligious Association for Peace and Development is an association within Universal Peace Federation


Location London, UK
Margaret Keverian-Ali, Director, UPF - UK
Mobile: 07723024750

Robin Marsh, Secretary General, UPF - UK
Mobile: 07956210768