Bradford For Everyone are working with partners in Fresno, California and Bradford, England to host an interfaith learning webinar. Following six months of collaboration between the Interfaith Alliance of Central California, Bradford For Everyone, Bradford Foundation Trust, Fresno State University, University of Bradford and Clovis Community College the co-designed webinar has been set up to share learning. The outcome will be an increased understanding about how faith can help improve cohesion and integration.

The event will take place on Saturday May 29th 2021 9am-12pm California or 5pm-8pm Bradford.

Register here;

Current Agenda

Key note speaker; Naz Shah MP Bradford West and UK Parliament Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion  TBC

1. Welcome and Introductions

Zahra Niazi, Programme Lead Bradford For Everyone

Norman Broadbent, Chair Interfaith Alliance Central California

Matt Henderson, Bradford For Everyone, Bradford Introduction

Joe Pulido, Clovis Community College, Fresno Introduction  

Dermot Bolton, University of Bradford, Humanism and interfaith

Andrew Howorth, University of Bradford Chaplin, Interfaith in Bradford,

Reza Nekumanesh, Executive Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

Tony Fernandez, TTF, International Interfaith collaborations

Shadim Hussain, Bradford foundation Trust and the Faith Centre Bradford

Prof. Amir Sharif, University of Bradford perspectives of interfaith 

10 min Comfort break

2. Breakout Rooms 1 – 30 minutes (you will be assigned a room)

Rifaquet Ali, Faith walks in Bradford

Christina Longden, Robert Reschid Stanley, Jewish? Christian? Muslim?

Matt Henderson, Faith and LGBTQ+

Manjo Joshi, A history of interfaith work in Bradford

Ravinder Dharni, Hindu interfaith work in Bradford

Javed Bashir, Strengthening Faith Institutes, Bradford

Dermot Bolton, Humanism and interfaith

3. Feedback from break out rooms to whole group 30 min

10 min Comfort break

4. Breakout Rooms 2 – 30 minutes (you will be assigned a room)

Jim Grant and Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, Interfaith Scholars

Christine Barker, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries

Bryson White, Faith Outreach Coordinator for Faith In the Valley

Norman Broadbent, Interfaith Alliance of Central Californian

Dr. Kappor, Peace studies and Interfaith

Dermot Bolton, Humanism and interfaith

5. Feedback from break out rooms to whole group 25 min

6. Closing Remarks from Norman Broadbent

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Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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