Interfaith Week resonated with all of us here at ODARA. The annual seven-day event reflects many core elements of why ODARA exists, including building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and backgrounds. It took place across the UK from 12 – 19 November.
Celebrating diversity and integrating women from all sections of our communities is key to our work. We recognise that the more we understand and interact with each other the more cohesive and accepting we become. If we all worked together a bit more, we would have far fewer problems in our society. If we are not communicating with our neighbours effectively and not integrating with all parts of society then we are in danger of developing negative and even fearful ideas of ‘the other’.
As you most probably know, ODARA offers women the opportunity to grow personally, professionally and socially. We are all about opening up new possibilities for partnership, irrespective of faith or ethnicity. Interfaith Week provided a time to focus on our core beliefs and reinforce what we believe to be a vital part of a successful society for everyone, including women. Especially women!
I am a firm believer in the power of interfaith relations and Interfaith Week has galvanised my enthusiasm to expand our work at ODARA. We are a forward-looking organisation, but it’s also true that sometimes we need to take things back to basics. That’s why we are going to focus on the foundations of what makes a successful society: making new friends, integrating and including everyone in events, reaching out to our neighbours and socialising with people from other communities.
ODARA is a place to meet people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet in a relaxed and friendly environment. That’s why we’re one of the fastest-growing women’s networks in the Midlands. We don’t judge, we won’t discriminate. What we do promise is a warm welcome.
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