I am deeply grateful to the Birmingham Council of Faiths for this honour. Over the past two decades, with the support of the Columban Missionaries, I’ve worked tirelessly to foster meaningful connections among people from diverse faiths and cultures in our wonderful city. Engaging in interfaith work has not only challenged my own beliefs but has also revealed the beauty of human behaviour and its universal quest for truth, goodness, and beauty.
I consider it a privilege to join the efforts of many in our community who are dedicated to building friendly relations among people of different belief systems. Let these awards and our gathering tonight serve as a renewed commitment to creating more united and inclusive communities, where we always prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable, especially refugees.
I extend my special thanks to Ruth Tetlow for nominating me, and I pray that God continues to bless our interfaith endeavours. Thank you all!