The Feast International is a NGO that supports work in different countries enabling young people of different faiths and cultures to form real friendships, grow in their understanding of each other’s and their own faith and culture and become peace-makers amongst their peers and in the world.
- Exploring faith: young people are encouraged and equipped to discuss their faith in ways which draw out both the similarities and differences between them. In doing this they learn about the faith of others and gain new insights into their own faith.
- Creating friendships: by bringing together young people in a positive and fun environment we provide the opportunities for them to get to know one another work on projects together and build on-going friendships built on trust and respect.
- Changing lives: having been to events run by The Feast the young people are challenged and encouraged to live out the lessons they have learnt of friendship, understanding and peace-making in their everyday lives.
The Feast was founded in the UK by Christian youth workers who were convinced that the message of the Christian faith should lead them to understand and befriend neighbours of all faiths and work towards bringing peace between people of different faiths.
The Christian Principles which they based the work of The Feast on are:
- Equality: a belief that all people are made by God and are equally valuable.
- Friendship: therefore we have a duty to befriend, serve and care for those we meet regardless race, faith or gender.
- Compassion: a commitment to Jesus’ teaching that we should love our neighbours as ourselves whoever they are.
- Peace: in the Bible we read that Jesus promises God’s blessing for those who are peacemakers, consequently we have a concern for the peace and wellbeing of the community of which we are a part and to equip others to be peacemakers.
Working with Christians and Muslims was the starting point for The Feast. Developing good relationships between people of these two faiths continues to be a global issue to which The Feast is committed. We are conscious that the work of The Feast increasingly takes place in contexts where there are young people of all faiths and none. Therefore, it will be appropriate at times for the work to engage with young people from a variety of backgrounds.
We recognise that not everyone who participates in activities with The Feast whether as staff or volunteers will hold onto the Christian foundations. But it is fundamental to our work that people agree that:
- we have a duty to befriend, serve and care for those we meet regardless race, faith or gender.
- we should love our neighbours as ourselves whoever they are.
- we have a concern for the peace and wellbeing of the community of which we are a part and work to equip young people to be peacemakers.