News & Events 2016-17

Interfaith Scotland blog

Interfaith Scotland has a new blog on which you can read stories from our staff and volunteers. Do check it out!


Sister Isabel Smyth, founder of Interfaith Scotland, also has an interesting and informative blog which you can read at:

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Interfaith Scotland worked in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council to arrange the National Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative event, which took place in Bishopbriggs on 26th January 2017. The theme for 2017 was 'How can life go on'. The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. This year we asked people to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.


The key note speakers for 2017 were Saskia Tepe who is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and author of ‘Surviving Brigitte’s Secrets’, which tells of her mother’s journey after liberation and Umetesi Stewart, who is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, now living in Scotland.  Saskia and Umetesi spent several days speaking to hundreds of school pupils in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh and East Renfrewshire, as well as visiting and speaking at the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre, Low Moss prison and holding workshops at a youth conference at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow.

As part of the commemorations, Interfaith Scotland worked in partnership with Glasgow University to host an Interfaith Peace Service in the University Chapel on Sunday 22nd January.


Dr Maureen Sier also delivered the Time for Reflection in the Scottish Parliament on 17th January on the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Scottish Interfaith Week 2016

Scottish Interfaith Week 2016 took place from 13th - 20th November. The theme was 'Religion and the Media'. The theme gave us an opportunity to explore our complex relationship with the media, how we can share the positive stories of faith and interfaith work and challenge some of the negative reporting and stereotypes about people of different faiths in the media.


The launch of Scottish Interfaith Week took place at Paisley Town Hall in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and with support from Renfrewshire Interfaith Group (see images above). Read more about the event in our Interfaith Blog at


A programme of 50 events that took place during the week can be found here.

Annual General Meeting and Public Lecture

The Annual General Meeting and public talk took place on 5th December at Linlithgow Burgh Halls. The speaker was Ruth Harvey from 'Places of Hope' who spoke about their work in Conflict Transformation in faith communities.

Interfaith Summit with the First Minister

On 7th November 2016 Interfaith Scotland was once again honoured to facilitate an Interfaith Summit hosted by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Faith leaders and community representatives, young people and interfaith activists spent two engaging hours discussing the theme of 'community cohesion' with the First Minister and with Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. Broad areas for discussion were faith community and interfaith support for young people, asylum seekers and refugees and communities impacted by the Brexit vote.

Members Dialogue Events in 2016

At the core of our work are our members and friends dialogue events.


Holocaust Memorial Day Members Dialogue (January)

'Looking to the Future' - Interfaith in the years ahead (May)

Religion and Human Rights (October)

Religion and the Media (November)

Annual members dialogue with the non religious (November)

Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament

Interfaith Scotland's Development Officer, Frances Hume, delivered the Time for Reflection during Scottish Interfaith Week on 16th November.

Networking Seminar for Local Women's Interfaith Groups

A networking seminar for women's interfaith groups in Scotland was hosted at Interfaith Scotland's dialogue centre on 15th September. It was a wonderful opportunity to share good practice and make new friends.

Annual Networking Seminar for local interfaith groups

The Annual Networking Seminar for local interfaith groups took place on Monday 22nd August at Interfaith Scotland's Dialogue Centre at Flemington House in Glasgow. Representatives from 12 local interfaith groups attended.

Volunteers Away Day: 6 August



To thank our Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow volunteers for their hard work over the last year, we organised an away day on 6th August to Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway.


10 volunteers joined staff members for a tour of the monastery given by a resident 'Ani', a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

Networking Seminar for Interfaith Professionals: 27 July

The Annual Seminar for Interfaith Professionals took place at the Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire on Wednesday 27th July.

Newsletter 2016

Our latest newsletter is available from our office or can be downloaded below.

Interfaith Scotland Newsletter 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.8 MB]

Women's Interfaith Fair: 15 June

Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow hosted a Women's Interfaith Fair as part of Refugee Festival Scotland at our new Dialogue Centre at Flemington House in Glasgow. Over 100 women attended from many different backgrounds and cultures and enjoyed a variety of activities including interfaith dialogue, arts and crafts from different faiths, singing, drama and delicious food!

Religious Leaders of Scotland Meeting: 4 May

The latest meeting of the Religious Leaders of Scotland took place at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Eskdalemuir. They were joined by pupils of Lincluden Primary School in Dumfries.

Volunteers Training Day: 20 April & 7 June

Interfaith Scotland held two training days for new volunteers at our new dialogue centre at Flemington House in Glasgow.

Women's Interfaith Dialogue: 8 March

A women's interfaith dialogue took place at the Stirling Highland Hotel on International Women's Day. Women from eight different faiths attended the event which looked at 'Health and Wellbeing for body and soul'.

Holocaust Memorial Day: 27 January

Interfaith Scotland commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with events taking place across Scotland. Click here for more details.

Events Archive

You can find out about Interfaith Scotland events that took place from 2011 - 2015 in our events archive. Click on the links below for the year that you are interested in.


Events in 2011

Events in 2012

Events in 2013

Events in 2014

Events in 2015

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