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Eisteddfod panel – how Wales models good interfaith relations

With atrocities in New Zealand and Sri Lanka it’s been a challenging year for relationships between Christians and Muslims in particular. Not so in Wales. Here people of faith came together and stood side-by-side after the attacks.

Join the Bishop of Bangor at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst next week for a panel discussion exploring what is being done to make Wales a nation which models respect, tolerance and partnership in these tense times.

Bishop Andy John will be talking to members of Wales’ interfaith networks and also looking at how church schools balance their Christian ethos with the needs of an increasing number of pupils with different faiths.

The event takes place on August 6 at 2pm at the Cytûn, churches’ together, tent and everyone is welcome.

It will be chaired by the Revd Canon Robert Townsend and the other panellists with Bishop Andy include:

  • Joanna Thomas, headteacher of Ysgol y Faenol, Bangor
  • Dai Lloyd AM, member of the Cross Party Faith Group
  • Rheinallt Thomas, member of the Interfaith Council for Wales
  • Arooj Khan, member of the Muslim Council of Wales

Pupils from two Church in Wales schools in Bangor – Ysgol y Faenol and Ysgol Cae Top – will also be contributing via a short film.

Bishop Andy says the event was inspired by the growing relationship between Bangor Cathedral and the town’s Islamic community. He says, “I was deeply moved when our Muslim neighbours in Bangor came to the Cathedral to stand alongside us following the Easter Day attack on Christians in Sri Lanka. I’m also impressed at how pupils of different faiths thrive in our church schools as they learn how to respect and value each other. Heartening stories like these too often get squeezed out of the news agenda and I hope this event will help highlight them and celebrate what Wales is doing well.”

More information about the act of solidarity in Bangor