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Speakers bring faiths together; PEACE EVENT DRAWS EMINENT MIDDLE EAST LECTURERS TO COVENTRY.

TWO high-ranking figures from the Middle East will speak at the annual Coventry Peace Lectures next month.

Organised by the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, the event will follow the city's first-ever peace prize ceremony.

Sir Sigmund Sternberg of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and Sheikh Zaki Badawi, principal of the Muslim College in London, will give their lectures on November 16 at St Mary's Hall, Bayley Lane, in the city centre.

Dr Madeleine Sharp, chairman of the Lord Mayor's Peace Committee, said the lectures will form part of a Three Faith Forum.

She added: "It is to provide a framework for Christians, Muslims and Jews to show common ground between the three faiths as well as understanding the differences."

The lectures will follow the awarding of the Coventry Cathedral International Prize for Peace & Reconciliation, which will be held in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

It is hoped the awards will become an annual event and that winners will receive a miniature version of the Reconciliation statues by Josefina de Vasconcellos.

The recipients this year will be Dr Richard Stone and Clive Marks.

They are joint trustees of the Lord Ashdown Charitable Settlement, which donates money to groups which work in the community and at a national level for peace and reconciliation.
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Date:Oct 18, 1999
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