Scottish Inter Faith Week
The launch of Scottish Inter Faith Week took place on Sunday 27th November at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Humza Yousaf MSP gave key note addresses on the theme of week: 'Belief in Dialogue'.There were readings and performances on the theme from all the major faith communities in Scotland, including the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Buddhist monks who created an intricate sand mandala at the museum during the week.
BBC Radio Podcast: 23rd November
Six young people from the Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Sikh faiths took part in an inter faith podcast at the BBC. A copy of the podcast is available at the office. Click here for more details about the event and our other youth activities.
Same Sex Marriage Consultation: 17th November
Interfaith Scotland held a meeting at our office in Glasgow to discuss the government's consultation paper on same sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships in Scotland. Simon Stockwell from the Scottish Government and Tom French from the Equality Network spoke about the consultation document followed by a discussion on the issues raised.
Annual General Meeting and Public Talk: 30th
The Annual General Meeting took place on 30th October at the Laurieston Jesuit Centre, Edinburgh. This was followed by a Public Talk entitled 'In the Steps of St Francis' which was given by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, The Right Reverend David Arnott, who shared his reflections on his recent participation in the multi-faith event hosted by Pope Benedict XVI in Assisi.
Sister Cities International Exchange Visit to Glasgow : September
From 17th - 26th September, Interfaith Scotland hosted 19 delegates from the Interfaith Centre of New York (ICNY) and the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia's Department for Interreligious Dialogue in Barcelona. The delegates visited voluntary and statutory agencies and places of worship across Scotland. Read more
9/11 Walk for
Interfaith Scotland and partner organisations organised a Walk for Peace on 11th September to mark 10 years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. Members of 10 faith communities gathered in remembrance of those who died or suffered as a result of the attacks. Participants visited a number of places of worship including the Hindu Mandir, the Annandale Street Mosque, the Baha'i Centre, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and St John's Scottish Episcopal Church. At each place of worship, the walkers gave a gift of a Peace Candle and prayers were given by members of the host faith communities.
Annual Networking Seminar : 5th
The Annual Networking Seminar for Local Inter Faith Groups took place on Monday 5th September at Discovery Point in Dundee. Participants undertook workshops on the Scottish Government's 'Belief in Dialogue Good Practice Guide'.
Youth Interfaith Conference : 21st
Central Scotland Police teamed up with a variety of organisations including Interfaith Scotland to run a one-day interfaith conference for young people aged 16 - 26 on 21st June 2011 at Strathclyde Police Training Centre, Jackton, East Kilbride.
National Women's Seminar: 27th
The Annual Women's Seminar took place at the University of Glasgow. The theme was 'The Heart of Wellbeing' and the seminar was held in partnership with the Janki Foundation. For more details about the event click here.
Launch of Belief in Dialogue Good Practice Guide: 8th March
The Belief in Dialogue Good Practice Guide was launched at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The guide was produced by the Scottish Government and provides guidance on building good relations among and between religious and belief communities and individuals. Interfaith Scotland is offering training sessions in using the guide. Please contact our office for details. For more information about the guide and to download a copy click here.