Understanding FoRB

This is an invitation-only event.

Our third and final retreat of our Emerging International Leaders programme for 2016/17 will take place over a weekend from 21-23 July 2017, on the them of 'Freedom of Religion or Belief in Action'.

Up to 50 participants, all of whom are international students at UK universities and members of the Commonwealth or Chevening Scholarship schemes, will be joining us at the Lodge to explore practical responses to protecting and promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief, from local, national and international perspectives.

They will be exploring issues such as responses to blasphemy laws, religious profiling and national security concerns, and ideas for tackling religious discrimination in the workplace, enhancing and ensuring the religious and moral education of children, and where limitations to the freedom of religion or belief might be necessary.

The retreat will end with a graduation ceremony to mark the completion of this year's programme.

Guest speakers

Speakers at our final retreat include: 

  • Sue Breeze - International Counter-Extremism Group, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

  • Reverend Joel Edwards - Christian Solidarity Worldwide

  • Dr Brian Grim - Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF)

  • Derek McAuley - International Association for Religious Freedom and Religious Freedom Young Adult Network

  • Margo Passmore - Department for International Development

  • Ruth Peacock - Journalist & Consultant

  • Philip Rosenberg - The Board of Deputies of British Jews

Find out more

The Briefing report sent to delegates ahead of the retreat can be downloaded in pdf format from this page, for further information.

Please note that this event is not open to the public. It is for pre-selected participants on our Emerging International Leaders programme only.

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