Fife Interfaith Group's origins can be traced to 2004 when three agencies came together with the shared vision of serving better the diverse communities within Fife: FRAE Fife, Fife Council's Equality Forum and Fife Fire and Rescue Service. The first meeting of the group was held in 2015 and we have had representatives from a wide range of faiths and denominations.
Fife Interfaith Group meets monthly usually in a Mosque in Kirkcaldy but venues do vary in Kirkcaldy and other towns in Fife. A Fife Peace Garden was opened in Beveridge Park in 2012 as a joint project between Fife Council and the Fife Interfaith Group with funding provided by the Lottery Fund Scotland and Fife Environment Trust and local sponsors. We have a formal committee which organises the meetings which are for planning events and also discussions on Faith and other subjects. Anyone is welcome and participation is encouraged.
The Group has tried to spread the message of Interfaith with presentations in local schools, Faith Walks around different places of worship, an Annual Lecture highlighting Interfaith from members of other faiths including Islam, Episcopalian Church, Church of Scotland and a member of Interfaith Scotland. An interfaith choir has recently been formed, performing at the Diversity Gala in September (see below).
The Group has had representatives from a wide range of faiths and denominations. The personal links formed among members of interfaith groups such as ours have been invaluable in the bringing together of different communities. The coming together of faiths also has an important symbolic importance: it is a visible sign of the principle of peaceful co-existence and co-operation among faiths within the community of Fife.
You can contact the Fife Inter Faith Group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The group has its own website page: www.fifeinterfaithgroup.org.uk
Fife Diversity Week took place from 5th – 11th September 2016. A new member of Fife Interfaith Group, Rachel Watson, suggested that an Interfaith Choir should take part in the Diversity Gala, which is the grand finale of the week. At first members of the group were a little apprehensive but eventually a choir took shape, but with limited time an easy programme was devised. The choir was able to perform at the Diversity Gala on 11th September at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy. A medley of Spirituals, a Muslim hymn, and the Christian hymns ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘All things bright and beautiful’ were followed by some enthusiastic community singing with members of the audience being invited to come and join the choir. The performance was well received and so it is planned to have further rehearsals and really learn harmonies for further performances.
Fife Interfaith Group held two events to mark Scottish Interfaith Week in 2016. The first was held on Monday 14 November at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in St Andrews. The Chaplain of the University of St Andrews, Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, gave a talk entitled “But by me - a Journey of Faith”. The presentation traced his journey from knowing only Christianity to gradually understanding other faiths and following the path of interfaith in his ministry. It was a very interesting audio-visual presentation of his process of learning while working in various locations around the world. The second event was held on Saturday 19 November and consisted of a guided “Walk of Faith” through the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral led by archaeologist Edwina Proudfoot who is Chairman of Fife Interfaith Group. Those who attended were treated to an exciting talk concerning the Cathedral and its rise and fall as the centre of Christian worship in Scotland.
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