Academic to chair faith issues session as part of Inter Faith Week 2013

Posted by er134 at Nov 18, 2013 11:40 AM |
Professor Peter Cumper of the University of Leicester chairing discussion on Tuesday 19 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 November 2013

Professor Peter Cumper, from the School of Law at the University of Leicester, will be chairing a ‘Question Time’-like session discussing issues affecting faith communities in Leicester on Tuesday 19 November as part of Inter Faith Week 2013.

Professor Cumper works in the field of human rights law, and has a particular interest in the area of freedom of religion and belief. He will be joined by members of other faiths to debate a wide variety of hot topics, including: the rights of individuals to practice their own religions; the positive and negative aspects of faith schools; whether or not the English Defence League has the right to rally in Leicester; and more. 

Professor Cumper said: “This event will be an opportunity for people from a wide variety of belief and cultural traditions to explore some of the key legal and political issues of the day.
“It is hoped that this event will not merely be informative, but that it will also contribute positively to inter-faith dialogue and understanding.” 

Inter Faith Week is a national initiative designed to bring people and communities of different religions and beliefs together. Now in its fifth year, the event has become an opportunity to highlight the good work done locally and nationally by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations.

With Leicester shortlisted as Candidate City for UK City of Culture in 2017, the event will help support the bid by emphasising the rich diversity of Leicester and Leicestershire. The Faith Week programme will showcase co-operation and understanding between faith and culture.

The event will take place on Tuesday 19 November between 6:30pm and 8:00pm at St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester.


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