News Archive 2014

Scottish Interfaith Week 2014

Scottish Interfaith Week took place from 23rd - 30th November.The theme for 2014 was 'Journeys of Faith'. Click here for more details.

Women's Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith Scotland organised a women's interfaith dialogue event in Forres on 23rd September on the theme of 'Health and Wellbeing for Body and Soul in Scotland'. The event was a great success with over 30 women in attendance.

A women's dialogue event took place on Thursday 6th March at the University of Aberdeen looking at our ‘Values and Visions for the future of Scotland’ in the light of the Scottish referendum in September 2014.

Volunteering and Internships

A training session was held for volunteers on Interfaith Scotland's schools programme on 19th February. Interfaith Scotland has volunteers from each of the major world faiths who speak in schools about what their faith means to them and the importance of interfaith dialogue.

Interfaith Scotland volunteers and interns enjoyed a day on Holy Isle on 23rd August, hosted by the Centre for World Peace and Health to thank them for their efforts throughout the year.

Annual Seminar for Local Interfaith Groups

The Annual Networking Seminar for local interfaith groups took place at the Bield at Blackruthven on 17th June. The seminar was well attended with representatives from 14 interfaith groups from across Scotland.

Members Dialogue Events

Members of Interfaith Scotland and St Roch's Secondary School met at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge on 29th May. The meeting was facilitated by the 'Living Lugs' Bus Party 2014, a group of travelling writers and musicians who are using music and poetry to open conversations with communities throughout Scotland about their hopes for the future in the light of the Scottish referendum in September.

Interfaith Scotland partnered with the ‘Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy’ to hold a dialogue event, in Stirling, with diverse faith communities on 2nd April. The Commission will be reporting to Government but is also tasked with triggering a wider debate in civic society about what is meant by local democracy and what needs to be done to achieve it. The evening was facilitated by Dr. Oliver Escobar of the Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh, and allowed participants to explore their vision for local democracy, the challenges to realizing that vision and the possible reforms and solutions needed to overcome the challenges and realize the vision.

Religious Leaders Meeting

The Religious Leaders of Scotland met in Edinburgh on 27th March. Interfaith Scotland facilitated the meeting which was hosted by the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Click the link below for a news item that appears on the BBC website about the meeting:

 

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26903855

School Interfaith Days 2014

Interfaith Scotland delivered talks and workshops in schools including interfaith days for primary and secondary schools pupils across Shetland, S4 and S6 pupils at Dumfries High School, S6 pupils at St Modan's High School in Stirling and Oban High School in February.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Interfaith Scotland organised Scotland's national commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27th January in Stirling on the theme of 'Journeys'. Key speakers included Arn Chorn Pond, a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide, and Dr Alfred Munzer, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi regime. There was a short film showing interviews with Holocaust survivors. 

There was also a musical performance on the plight of the Roma people during the Holocaust. In addition to the national commemoration, Arn Chorn Pond and Dr Munzer have spent several days speaking to school pupils in Glasgow, Stirling, East Renfrewshire and Edinburgh about their life stories.

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