An interfaith event held at the Oxford Spires Academy on Saturday, organised by the Oxford Islamic Information Centre, Muslim Council of Britain and local Christians from Oxfordshire was a great success. The first of its kind in the city, this event attracted around two hundred people, from all faiths and none, from all over the country.
Several speakers, including Mr Adnan Rashid from the Islamic Education and Research Academy in London, Reverend Vaughan Roberts from St Ebbes Church, Reverend Charlie Cleverly, Rector of St Aldates, and Reverend Bede Gerard, the Chair of the Oxfordshire the Council of Faith all participated and delivered speeches on the topic â€˜Discovering Jesusâ€™ from the perspective of their relative faiths.
The event was chaired by Dr Sheikh Ramzy who said â€˜The event was unique in that it focused on mutual understanding rather than compromise and debate. Each speaker delivered the facts about their beliefs in Jesus and encouraged questions from the audience to dispel any misunderstandings. We felt it was a great success and have plans in the pipeline for future events on other topics, involving other faiths too.â€™
The event lasted almost 4 hours, with the audience keen to continue the question and answer session well passed the 9pm finish over food and refreshments provided by both communities, and was not bought to a close until plates had been emptied and questions almost exhausted.