The local interfaith group plans regular events and we are always looking for interested people to come along and join in. Email Melinda Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to join the mailing list.
The Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group held a special event in the 'Usual Place Cafe' to celebrate Scottish Interfaith Week. The theme was ‘Caring for the Environment' and through sharing readings from all the different faith traditions it was clear that there is a great deal of common ground between them all.
Jan Lethbridge, of the Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group, introduced the evening by sharing that 'caring for the earth and its resources is an important part of all faiths, and the idea that we are stewards of the planet and must behave responsibly, individually and collectively, is also common to all'. Jan had also arranged to play some music that gave people time for reflection and helped set the tone for the lively discussions that then took place.
In closing, Liz Manson said: 'ln these difficult times across the world it is essential faith groups come together to show how much we agree on - we have so many shared principles. The record attendance tonight demonstrates that people in our region care about that and want to show their support for each other'.
The Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association Chair Yen Hongmei Jin, who attended the event added, 'Working across different faiths and cultures makes an important contribution to peace and harmony in our local area as well as nationally and internationally. Events like this allow us to celebrate our diversity in a very positive way'.
A morning of friendship, families and food was held at the Multicultural centre, bringing faiths closer together. Those present shared readings from different faiths and enjoyed a light buffet. There was also the opportunity to play the Diversity game, which helps individuals understand that for all the differences that may be present between people in a town or village, everyone shares a common humanity.
Interfaith Week also saw a meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council preceded by a Time for Reflection, led by Rev Neil Campbell, who outlined the importance of the Interfaith Week for local communities.
World Religion Day was marked by the International Women’s Group in Dumfries and Galloway. There was an audio visual presentation on the importance of dialogue, and the contribution of faith communities to social development. The group then shared prayers and readings from different world faiths, highlighting the Golden Rule as the common thread connecting the faiths. This was followed by discussion and the sharing of tasty foods from around the world.The group members thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to learn about other faiths, and hope to organize future similar events centred on topics common to all faiths.
Representatives from several faith communities in Dumfries and Galloway came together on Friday 30th November at the United Reform Church, Annan, to sign the ‘See Me’ pledge. ‘See Me’ is Scotland’s national campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. The aim is to raise awareness of this important issue through public campaigns, and encouraging groups and individuals to sign the ‘See Me’ pledge as a way of showing their support and commitment. More information can be found at www.seemescotland.org.uk.
Dumfries and Galloway's Local Interfaith Group held a gathering at the Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association offices. People from a wide range of faith and belief backgrounds gathered for a chance to learn about each others' faith and life stances. People brought along stories, poems and readings or an object with special spiritual significance to share with others.
A very exciting event was an interfaith service to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which welcomed all members of all faiths to attend. To reflect the multi-cultural appeal of the service the Reverend Dr Maurice Bond of St Michael’s shared the worship with the attending representatives of other faiths and denominations.
The gathering included people from many faiths drawn together for the purpose of celebrating such a momentous occasion and rejoicing in their common humanity.