You can contact the Fife Inter Faith Group by emailing email@example.com
The group has its own website page: www.fifeinterfaithgroup.org.uk
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. The personal links formed among members of interfaith groups such as ours have been invaluable in the event of tension between 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.
During Fife Diversity Week in September, Fife Interfaith Group organised an event called 'Try Interfaith'. Four speakers of different faiths each gave a 5-minute presentation about their faith and beliefs followed by a question and answer session. The group then visited Dunfermline Mosque where they were given a guided tour by the Imam and two other members.
The visit finished with the Chairman of Fife Interfaith Group hosting a meeting on how people can help immigrants who come to Fife settle in and feel at home.
Fife Interfaith Group held it's 4th Annual Lecture as a part of Scottish Interfaith Week, delivered by the Rt Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunblane and Dunkeld.
Fife Interfaith Group (FIG) participated in Fife Diversity Week. A ‘Walk of Faith’ was made by FIG members and fellow ‘pilgrims’, beginning at the Mormon Church in Kirkcaldy, to St. Marie’s Roman Catholic Church, the Mosque, the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and finally ending at the Coptic Church, the only one in Scotland. ‘Pilgrims’ were welcomed by members of the places of worship, who gave tours and brief presentations outlining their faith, ensuring a welcoming and enjoyable experience for all.
A lecture was delivered by Neil Douglas-Klotz, co-founder of the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, as part of Scottish Interfaith Week. The author of such books as ‘Desert Wisdom’, ‘The Tent of Abraham’ and ‘The Hidden Gospel’, he is a former chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion.
A group of women from St. Marie’s Roman Catholic Church made a visit to a local Mosque during Diversity Week, and were thrilled to discover all they had in common with the Muslim women who welcomed them there. This blossomed into a weekly study group at the mosque where each group learnt about each other’s faiths. Because of this success, the Muslim women decided to open their own group to others on a regular basis, holding a monthly Open Day, where any women of faith are welcome to share in their activities. Each month there is a different topic to discuss, such as what wearing the hijab means to the women, marriage, and other topics from the 12 Jewels of Islam. There is then delicious food and a time for socialising, building friendships and informal learning from each other. On 14th May a new friendship was deepened when a Fife Interfaith Group general meeting was hosted by the Jewels of Islam Women’s Group at the Kirkcaldy Islamic Centre.
Thanks to the efforts of Colm Wilson, of Fife Council’s Equalities Team, the Adam Smith College and Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, Fife Interfaith Group (FIG) began Interfaith Week with a very interesting and thought-provoking event, the ‘I Speak for Myself’ Exhibition, consisting of 300 photos of Muslim women expressing who they really are, contradicting many misconceptions.
Councillor (and FIG member) Judy Hamilton opened the exhibition, and said, “It is time to listen, to think outside the box. We need to learn from each other.” The exhibition stood all week, first in Kirkcaldy, and then at the Glenrothes Stenton Campus, allowing many people to browse and absorb the wide variety of photos on display.
The Very Reverend David Arnott, MA BD, presented a lecture entitled ‘Does Interfaith Dialogue Have A Future?’ Having travelled around the world, including Palestine, Israel and China, he recounted the real work being done on the ground at the grassroots level, often under frightening conditions. Questions from the floor demonstrated how well received his words were. The full text and a synopsis of David’s talk are available on Fife Interfaith Group’s website.
To round off the week, a few dedicated souls braved the cold to hold a Vigil for Peace in the Peace Garden created in collaboration with Fife Interfaith Group in Beverley Park, Kirkcaldy, and to plant more bulbs ready for Spring… hope for an enlightened future.