Dumfries and Galloway Inter Faith Group

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 equalityanddiversity@dumgal.gov.uk for more information or to join the mailing list.

News and Events

A number of interfaith events have taken place in Dumfries to celebrate Scottish Interfaith Week 2016 and to explore more about our local faith communities. An outline of these is below.

 

Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group

Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group organised an event for Scottish Interfaith Week on Wednesday 16th November on the theme of ‘Religion and the Media’, focussing on the perils of stereotyping, so common in all parts of the media.  We discussed a number of questions in small groups: how can we make positive news; how can we contribute to local media; and what qualities would be needed to engage with the media about religion, faith and belief, in a constructive way? Our preparatory work for the event involved looking through newspapers to collect examples of favourable and unfavourable reporting.  This showed us that, aside from the tabloid press, many newspapers seem largely indifferent to religious matters and/or reporting is neutral.  Some younger people shared with us that the really negative stuff is to be found on the internet and in social media.  We mounted a display of our findings, including material from the magazine ‘Positive News’.

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dumfries organised an event for Scottish Interfaith Week on the theme of ‘Religion and the Media’ on Saturday 19th November.    

 

DGMA Women's Group

The Women’s Group that meets at Dumfries & Galloway Multicural Centre organised an event for Scottish Interfaith Week. The gathering focussed on well-being; pictures and words that lift the spirit.  Using largely recycled materials, we constructed small personal books, which in themselves are our own “good news”.  Pictures of the natural world, particular colours, and words that have special meaning featured prominently. It was a happy, relaxed and industrious afternoon. 

 

Chanukah in Dumfries

Members of Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group have long wondered if there were any Jewish residents in the area as there is no local synagogue.  Apparently from the 1860s to the 1970s there was a small Jewish community, dispersed as an unintended consequence of town centre development.  Now, for the first time in nearly 50 years, Jewish people in the region gathered for a pre-Chanukah celebration organised by a local Christian minister and members of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. The history of Chanukah was described to us, commemorating the reclaiming of the Temple in Jerusalem, and emphasising the importance of the preservation of culture. Religious objects such as the menorah and the dreidl were explained and there was the opportunity to try out some artwork too, for adults and children.There was a delicious supper spread out before us, including latkes, and much animated conversation accompanied the meal. 

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