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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Conference shows ties that bind faiths

Head boys and identical twins Dominic and Thomas Butler have staged their second multi-faith conference at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham, to bring together the religious community and show the younger generation “we have so much more in common than divides us.”

The two Bowdon brothers, who each got 10A*s in their GCSEs and have now applied to Queen’s College Belfast to study medicine, invited prominent theologians from the Catholic, Anglican, Jewish and Muslim communities to speak to Year 9 pupils and demonstrate that we “share a common purpose and values.”

Dominic, 18, said: “ We chose the Year 9 group because we felt it was important for the boys as they begin their GCSE studies to show tolerance, insight and appreciation for others.

“We wanted to improve the boys’ insight into and appreciation for the rich diversity of faiths in our local community and have the opportunity to learn more about different religions, and show them that while you can have your own beliefs, it is still important to be respectful and understanding of the beliefs and practises of others.”

Thomas said: “I was struck by the rich history and culture of the different religions, but mostly by the shared messages of love, charity and faith that all of the speakers gave. ”