Dr Edward Kessler awarded MBE for services to interfaith relations
6 July 2011
Ed Kessler said: 'I see this award as recognition of the success of the Woolf Institute in fostering better understanding and relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims, since its establishment in 1998. I am privileged to have founded an Institute in whose aims I passionately believe. I wish to take this opportunity to thank all our donors, supporters and patrons who have made a vision possible. Understanding relations between faith communities is not an optional extra; neither is it to be feared. Should our political leaders choose to exclude faith issues from the contemporary debate they will do so at their peril. Having taught and written on relations between Jews and Christians for two decades, as well as Islam more recently, I have come to realise that all faith communities can (and do) make an enormous positive contribution to our civil society.'