In the past many of the nations which now make up the Commonwealth had one church or religion to give a sense of unity and national identity, but today societies are pluralistic and order is maintained by socio-political structures and laws.
But should politics and the legal system provide the only way of responding to social division, family breakdown, crime, environmental dangers and social inequality? The aim of the conference was to explore the idea that answers lie deeper than is usually acknowledged in our contemporary political debate, and are to be found in the value-systems of the world's religions.
Mavis Badawi, Chartered Psychologist and writer on Muslim and Multi-Faith Issues
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
Dato' Dr Ismail Bin Haji Ibrahim, Director General, Institut Kefahamam Islam Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Emeritus Professor Anthony H Johns, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
The Revd Fr Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat in Nigeria
The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Lamb, formerly Secretary of Inter-Faith Relations for the General Synod
The Revd Professor Michael Taylor, President, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham
Dr Zaki Badawi, Principal, The Muslim College, London
Sir John Moberly, Chairman of Trustees, Altajir World of Islam Trust
Dr Anthony O'Mahony, Heythrop College, University of London
The Revd Dr Andrew Wingate, Director of Ministry and Training, Diocese of Leicester
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