The recent US Presidential election, and before this the UK Brexit referendum, have been powerful reminders of how divided our modern Western societies have become. A largely silent majority up against a “mainstream” minority. The experts in the media, academia and political worlds blindsided by the fears and needs of a growing portion of the population. And the result is change and an uncertain future.
At The Feast we are incredibly aware of the huge differences that exist between people, especially when we consider faiths and cultures. We do not deny that our differences are real, complicated and often emotive, but they do not need to leave us paralysed and isolated.
Instead, The Feast is a celebration of what can be achieved when we choose to confront our differences and find ways to live well together.
This Interfaith Week, we would like to invite you to get involved with The Feast, and join us in shouting #wearethefeast. Some things you can do include:
- Get in touch and find out how you can lend a hand.
- Tell your friends.
- And take a selfie and share on social media, saying why you think this work is important, and the hashtag #wearethefeast.
Over the last few years we have seen a growing movement of people decide that there are much better ways to relate to our neighbours of other faiths and cultures, than ignoring them or fighting them. Instead they are coming together to make new friends, to develop skills in engaging, to better understand their own faith and culture, to hear the perspective of others and to strive for peace in their communities.
The Feast’s vision for young people in this country, and for young people around the world, is that as they will lead the way in transforming broken and divided communities.
This vision can not be achieved by a few staff in a small charity. But if many more people join us to volunteer, pray, share, donate and champion the journey of young people, well then maybe we will make our own mark on this uncertain future!