Scottish Interfaith Week 2012
Scottish Interfaith Week was a great success with over 50 events taking place across Scotland. Click here for a programme of events that took place to celebrate the week. 'A Celebration of Scottish Inter Faith Week' was held at the Scottish Parliament on 29th November.
The event was sponsored by John Mason MSP and included speeches by Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and John Mason MSP. An inspiring speech was given by Interfaith Scotland's youth volunteers and there was a lively performance by the Waverley Care Voice of Hope Choir.
National Youth Conference
The National Interfaith Youth Conference took place on Saturday 17th November at the University of Dundee. The topic was 'Faith in Peace Building' and the event was open to young people aged 16 - 35 from all faiths and none. Read more
Religious Leaders Meetings
The Religious Leaders of Scotland held their first bi-annual meeting on Monday 23rd April at the STV offices in Glasgow. They were given a presentation by STV Local and met with a number of senior executives and managers of the organisation.
The second bi-annual meeting of the Religious Leaders of Scotland took take place on 22nd October at the Isobel Mair School for Children with Special Disabilities in Giffnock. At both meetings, the Religious Leaders had the opportunity to meet with young people in Scotland through Education Scotland's intra-net facility. Read more
Annual Networking Seminar
The National Networking Seminar took place on Saturday 8th September at the Netley Education and Conference Centre in Inverness. The theme for the conference was 'Engaging Young People in Interfaith Dialogue'.
Click here for a programme of the day.
Interfaith Scotland organised a seminar for faith communities and individuals to explore ways in which they could provide help and support for asylum seekers and refugees. The event took place at the Bridging the Gap project in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. John Wilkes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, shared about issues affecting asylum seekers in the city. A number of refugee projects shared about their work, namely Bridging the Gap, St Rollox Church, Glasgow Destitution Network and Waverley Care Voice of Hope Choir. People from a variety of faith communities and projects were in attendance and there was time for networking and sharing about what could be done to help asylum seekers locally.
Four Nations Meeting
The Inter Faith Network for the UK organises a meeting of the four national interfaith bodies in the United Kingdom on an annual basis, comprising: the UK Inter Faith Network; the Northern Ireland Inter-faith Forum; Interfaith Scotland; and the Inter Faith Council for Wales.
In May, Interfaith Scotland was delighted to host the representatives of the national interfaith bodies at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. A wide range of topics were discussed, including: membership of interfaith organisations; Interfaith Week; the links between interfaith work and the UK Government’s equality agenda; the most effective organisations for interfaith bodies to be represented on; and how to sustain our organisations.
Volunteer Training Days
Two volunteer training days were held at the office in Glasgow, attracting 16 volunteers from all over Scotland. Topics included developing an understanding of interfaith work, matching skills to needs, familiarising volunteers with Interfaith Scotland's policies and an interactive learning activity looking at religious artefacts.
International Womens Day
The Edinburgh Women's Interfaith Group in partnership with lnterfaith Scotland hosted an event, 'Food for the Soul', to celebrate International Women's Day, which was held at St. John's Church Hall in the centre of Edinburgh on Sunday 11 March.
Over 200 women came along to the event and enjoyed spiritual and health-based workshops, complementary therapies and refreshments.