Mayor to meet with London’s faith leaders at City Hall

15 November 2013

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will meet with more than 100 representatives of faiths in London at a reception at City Hall on Monday 18 November.

The reception is being organised in association with Faiths Forum for London and will be attended by senior figures from London’s major faiths, among many others who are active in interfaith work.

The Mayor will address the reception, joined by Leonie Lewis, Chief Executive of the Jewish Volunteer Network and a winner of the Mayor’s Team London volunteering award, and Canon Guy Wilkinson, former adviser on interfaith relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

The Mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘I am delighted to be welcoming representatives of our faith communities to City Hall. I applaud their work in bringing faith communities together and their huge contribution to making this one of the greatest, most diverse and most tolerant cities on earth.'

The reception coincides with Inter Faith Week, and will also see the launch the My Voice Enterprise Challenge, a project developed from the Faith Forum for London’s Youth, Faith and Hope Prize, which will develop a mentoring programme for under-privileged young adults in London. Guests will also be able to browse an exhibition by the South London Interfaith Group, which ran a series of interfaith walks during the London 2012 Games, joining together people of all faiths from south London.

Since 2008 the Mayor has hosted more than 20 faith and community receptions, part of an extensive programme of engagement with Londoners which also includes two People's Question Times a year and monthly twitter sessions.

Event: Faith reception

Date: Monday 18 November 2013

Time: 6pm-8pm (arrivals from 5pm)

Venue: London's Living Room, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA

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Notes to editors

  1. The Faiths Forum for London empowers religious communities to work together for a better London. It has a Steering Committee comprised of London representatives of the nine major faiths: Christianity; Islam; Hinduism; Judaism; Sikhism; Buddhism; Jain; Zoroastrianism; Baha’i. The Co-Chairs are Leonie Lewis, Chief Executive of the Jewish Volunteer Network and a Team London Award winner, and (departing) Canon Guy Wilkinson, former adviser on interfaith relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The Co-Chairs are Leonie Lewis, Chief Executive of the Jewish Volunteer Network and a Team London Award winner, and (departing) Canon Guy Wilkinson, former adviser on interfaith relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
  2. My Voice Enterprise Challenge Project received £1,000 from the Youth Faith and Hope Prize to develop their Enterprise Challenge Programme, a mentoring and development programme that is aimed at under-privileged young adults in London. It is an innovative enterprise project that gives young people the opportunity to develop a trading business and gain entrepreneurial skills in the process. www.myvoiceproject.org.uk