CCJ Branch event during Interfaith Week On Wednesday 14th November, Tom was one of four speakers at a Council of Christians and Jews branch event held at Neve Shalom, Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation’s Synagogue. The topic was Faith in English: How the words of faith communities have shaped the English Language. Tom spoke about the impact of the King James’ Bible on everyday English, noting there are many phrases that were first put into English when this translation was completed. Examples include: the root of the matter (Job 19:28) a thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7) beat their swords into ploughshares (Isaiah 2:4) and to everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Martin Stern spoke of the impact of Hebrew on English and Shafi Chowdhury on the impact of Arabic on English. They also noted the many similarities between these two Semitic languages. Finally, Dr Khazeh Fananapazir spoke from a Bahai perspective, emphasising that faith’s focus on unity. It was good to see a Jewish-Christian dialogue organisation reaching out to a range of Leicester’s faith communities.