Teesside University Students' Union Hub, Southfield Road, TS1 3BA

Thursday 16th November, 1:00-3:30pm

As part of National Interfaith Week 2017, Middlesbrough Interfaith Network would like to invite people from all faiths and beliefs, civic leaders, charities, businesses, community groups and schools to an event, which will take place on Thursday 16th November, 1-3.30pm at the Teesside University Students' Union Hub, Southfield Road, TS1 3BA.

Our key note speaker will be Jo Berry, who is the epitome of triumph over adversity and challenge. After an IRA bomb, planted in the Grand Hotel, Brighton killed her father, Sir Anthony Berry MP, she had a choice. She could choose to harbour hatred and anger craving revenge or seek understanding and thus bring peace back into her life.

Her extraordinary journey has led to her to become an established ambassador for peace and reconciliation. She now often appears on stage with the very man who planted the bomb that tore her life apart. Jo and Patrick Magee first met in 2000 and the beginning of their relationship was featured in a BBC programme ‘Everyman – Facing the Enemy’,  they now work together sharing their story on their quest to inspire others to seek peace and reconciliation working towards putting an end to conflict and violence. Jo will be talking about the importance of understanding ‘the other’ as well as the role that we all can play in supporting resilient communities.

This event will be a follow on from our launch of ‘Love your Neighbour’ last November and will be a celebration of the acts of kindness local communities have undertaken in 2016.  It will also be an opportunity to showcase some of the work of local faith groups, charities and community groups that offer support and care for others. The event will include:

  • Stories of everyday acts of kindness
  • Market place of stalls from faith and community groups
  • Performances and poetry

Please confirm your attendance by completing and returning the attached booking form by 8th November. However, if you would like to have an information stand/table, please let us know by 6th November.