Prince Charles and Chief Rabbi address Commonwealth interfaith event

The Commonwealth Jewish Council brought together Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu representatives for a panel on religion in society


CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks on before speaking with staff at the GCHQ headquarters on July 12, 2019 in Cheltenham, England. The visit is part of the Agency's Centenary celebrations. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Prince Charles addressed a multifaith conference hosted by the Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC) on Monday, in which Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis also participated.

The Prince of Wales said that he had been “deeply struck” by the way that religious communities across the Commonwealth had come together during the pandemic.

He added that he was also “greatly heartened that faith leaders” were “jointly voicing their support for a post-Covid recovery that not only rebuilds our economy but does so in a way that is fair to everyone in all our societies, as well as being more sustainable for this planet that we share.”

Prince Charles, who will succeed the Queen as the head of the Commonwealth after her death, also spoke of his fortune in being able to “visit so many of these communities in their places of worship.”

Listing places of worship he had visited across the Commonwealth, including a synagogue in Barbados, the Prince observed how they were “so much more than just buildings.

“Each sits at the heart of the community it serves, strengthening the bonds that connect people to one another,” he said.

The conference, held digitally, was organised by the Commonwealth Jewish Council and brought together six religious leaders from the UK, Rwanda, South Africa and India.

The six panellists included Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Rwandan Catholic Archbishop of Kigali, the Anglican Bishop of London, as well as Sikh, Muslim and Hindu representatives to discuss the role religions play in society.

Clive Lawton, the CEO of the CJC, said that the sesson had “shone a light on the role of religious communities across the Commonwealth.”

He added: “We were delighted that people of all traditions joined the webinar from all over the world, from Australia and Canada to India and the UK.”

The CJC announced it would convene a multifaith youth event during the summer and was also developing a ‘Commonwealth Jewish Women’s Network’ that would seek to amplify Jewish women’s voices and share experiences with other religious women’s groups.

The CJC is an umbrella organisation of over 35 Jewish communities which works to link and support communities around the Commonwealth and the wider Jewish world.

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