Workshop 1 for Christians: Religious Phobias & the Media

Monday 20th May

For details and booking contact cmpl@cmcsoxford.org.uk

Speakers and panelists

  • Rev Dr Christopher Landau - former BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent

  • Miqdaad Versi - Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

  • Akeela Ahmed MBE - Government-appointed advisor to the cross government working group on anti-Muslim hatred

  • John Forrest - former producer of BBC's Songs of Praise

How do the mainstream media represent Christianity and Islam?  Is it possible to influence these representations?  What should we do when our faiths are misrepresented?  What should Christians think about Islamophobia in Britain today?  Is there such a thing as Christianophobia?

This CMPL workshop will look at different perspectives on these topics with respectful exploration of the disagreements between participants.  Please note that, although we have a Muslim speaker and a Muslim panelist, this workshop will be for Christians to develop clear articulations of their own ideas and differences on these topics with the aim of these being made more widely available alongside one another.  We hope that there will be a later opportunity for Christians and Muslims to come together to continue the discussion in a suitable context.

We anticipate that attendees will bring a range of Christian perspectives, reflecting the diversity and differing opinions within the community. Questions and facilitated group discussion are an integral part of the day to enable Christians to contribute and process their own responses.

  • Tickets are free on booking but there will be a £20 charge payable on the day

  • Refreshments will be provided but attendees are requested to bring their own lunch

  • Registration will close at 5.00pm Friday 17th May