The Feast is very pleased to share that we have secured the support of our Patrons. Our Patrons are of remarkable standing in their faith communities, as well as in the field of interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE.
A British Muslim academic, Prof Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and was previously at the University of Glasgow where she was also the Director of their Centre for the Study of Islam. Prof Siddiqui is also a regular contributor to Thought for the Day and Sunday on BBC Radio 4, and various other national newspapers. Siddiqui was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to inter-faith relations.
The Right Reverend David Urquhart, the Bishop of Birmingham.
The Feast was founded in Birmingham 6 years ago, and as one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities, Bishop David is very aware of the need for young people and our future leaders to engage in healthy discussion and dialogue across all groups, be these on the basis of religion, culture or nationality. As a Bishop in the Church of England, in the largest UK city outside London, he is actively involved with education, industry and commerce. Chair of the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process and the University of Birmingham’s Wealth Distribution Commission, he is passionate about social and economic justice. David promotes inter-faith ‘presence and engagement’ in one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse regions, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of ecumenical Christian mission.
Previous Patrons include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who served as patron from 2010 until he retired from his role as Archbishop in December 2012.