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December 27, 2017
BRISLA calls for communion at interfaith event
The British Sri Lankan Association (BRISLA) showed its commitment to building stronger relationships with communities in London by attending an interfaith event this month.

The meeting, held at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury, brought together many religious leaders from a wide range of faiths – from Christianity and Buddhism to Islam and Judaism - to discuss ways of building unity and celebrating diversity on a local scale.

Dr Zimar Sivardeen attended the event in his capacity as chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association, an organisation dedicated to developing ties between the UK and Sri Lanka.

BRISLA saw the event as an excellent platform to raise awareness of the need for compassionate listening and acknowledgement of the suffering of others to help build peace across the whole of society.

Dr Sivardeen said: "BRISLA serves a wide range of people from many different backgrounds and faiths, so this event was a great opportunity to share ideas and learn more about how we can develop closer relationships with members of our local area and build stronger links with the community."
From left to right: Rabbi Jeff Berger Rabbi at Rambam Sephardi Synagogue, Borehamwood,
Venerable Mahinda Deegalle, Bath Spa University, H.E. Amari Wijewardene, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka
in the United Kingdom and Dr Zimar Sivardeen, Chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association (BRISLA)
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