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Thursday, 17 February 2011

New Leader Marks New Beginnings for The Corrymeela Community

This article from the February 2011 edition of CTE News includes news of a past President of Methodist Conference.  In the photo, Inderjit (centre) unveils a plaque, in November 2010, for the first interfaith tree in his home community, Burngreave, Sheffield.

The Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland's leading peace building organisation, has appointed a new Leader to take it into the next decade. Following the death of its Leader and Chief Executive Dr David Stevens last May, the Community has appointed Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal OBE, as his successor.

Kate Pettis MBE, Interim Leader of the Corrymeela Community said, "Inderjit brings to us gifts in abundance. His life's work, informed by Christian principles, has been centred on peace building and is evidenced in his commitment to the building of inter-faith relationships and to working for the achievement of racial justice. We believe our vision for the future which inspired the creation of Corrymeela is safe in his hands and we look forward to his leadership."

A Methodist minister, theologian and former President of the British Methodist Conference, Dr Bhogal has been Chief Executive of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum and United Faiths - its youth council - since 2005. Inderjit is also the Chair and founder of the much acclaimed City of Sanctuary, a national movement committed to building a culture of welcome and hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Of accepting the role, Inderjit said "David has left a great legacy. I am privileged to succeed him and delighted to accept his role. Diversity is much more complex now. Future peace in Northern Ireland will grow from the ability of people from many different traditions to accommodate their differences and build on their similarities. I am looking forward to life and ministry in Northern Ireland and being part of the future of Corrymeela."

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