This workshop will
examine the complex dynamics of faith communities in their ability
to include young people in the North East. Drawing from ongoing
research findings from our Durham University 'Young People and Faith'
project, we will investigate the benefits and barriers of initiating
multi-faith action and inter-faith dialogue. Through discussion
and input from our young people, participants will be encouraged
to critically examine the religious, cultural and sociological aspects
preventing or enabling improved community cohesion. We suggest that
by developing dialogue across difference and linking lives through
shared local experiences and cultural exchanges, greater potential
exists for sustainable social change, especially when this is initiated
by young citizens themselves. Participants will be able to offer
their perspectives from other parts of the country in order to share
examples of good practice.