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Scottish Interfaith Week: 12 - 19 November

Scottish Interfaith Week took place from 12th-19th November. The theme was ‘Creativity and the Arts’. The National Launch took place on 13th November at Discovery Point, Dundee. Over 80 events took place across the country to mark the week. More information can be found at the Scottish Interfaith Week website:

Meeting with the First Minister

The annual meeting with the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and the religious leaders of Scotland took place on 7th November in Edinburgh. The meeting was facilitated by the director of Interfaith Scotland.


Members Dialogue

On 17th October Interfaith Scotland held a national dialogue on ‘Identity and Belonging’ in partnership with Faith in Older People, Stonewall Scotland and Edinburgh University Chaplaincy in Linlithgow. 


International Youth Leaders Exchange

Interfaith Scotland and the Church of Scotland brought a group of young adults from the Christian and Muslim faiths to one of PROCMURA’s regional offices in Rwanda for a week of cultural exchange, dialogue and learning from 30th August - 6th September. The International Youth Leader Programme is a partnership initiative between Church of Scotland, Al Waleed Centre (Edinburgh University), Interfaith Scotland and PROCMURA (Programme for Christian & Muslim Relations in Africa). The trip will be followed by events co-ordinated by participants at Scottish Interfaith Week and an Interfaith youth conference in April 2018.


Annual Networking Seminar for Local Interfaith Groups

The annual networking seminar for local interfaith groups took place at Interfaith Scotland's Dialogue Centre in Glasgow on 21st August. Talks were given by members of Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group, Borders Interfaith Group and Edinburgh Interfaith Association. Our director outlined possible responses to crisis situations to ensure the safety and security of our faith communities. Stephen Bullock from Education Scotland looked at the topic of 'Creativity' to open discussion on the Scottish Interfaith Week theme of 'Creativity and the Arts'. The new Scottish Interfaith Week website was also launched:


International Internship

In July, Interfaith Scotland welcomed an international intern, Simon Wiegand, who will be supporting us in the office for one year as a part of his training to become a minister with the church in Germany. Simon will be visiting local interfaith groups across Scotland to find out about their activities and to offer support for their work. He will also be involved in our youth work activities, Scottish Interfaith Week, and more!

Simon can be contacted at

Training for Rwanda International Exchange

Staff from Interfaith Scotland and the Church of Scotland delivered training for 10 young people from the Christian and Muslim faiths on 11th July. The young people who will be visiting interfaith projects in Rwanda in early September and supporting Interfaith Scotland's youth activities on their return.

Interfaith Training Programme in Ukraine

Interfaith Scotland delivered Interfaith Dialogue Training in the Ukraine from 17th - 21st July as part of a peace building programme designed by ODIHR, the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

National Youth Assembly

Interfaith Scotland delivered an interfaith workshop at the National Youth Assembly of the Church of Scotland on 22nd July. The development officer outlined the Christian imperative for interfaith dialogue and the work of Interfaith Scotland. Volunteers from the Muslim, Sikh and Baha'i faiths gave presentations on their faith.

Borders Islamic Centre

Members of the recently established Borders Interfaith Group organised an afternoon to visit the recently opened Borders Islamic Centre in Galashiels on 16th July. The centre has recently opened and there was so much enthusiasm to attend that a larger venue had to be found to accommodate everyone. A wonderful afternoon of sharing took place in the Langlee Centre in Galashiels between members of the group and members of the Islamic Centre, facilitated by Interfaith Scotland.

Reflections at Kilbryde Hospice

The development officer gave an interfaith reflection at the Sanctuary at Kilbryde Hospice on 20th July. The Sanctuary is a beautiful space for people of all faiths and none to come and receive inspiration and support through a difficult time in their lives or the lives of their friends and relatives.

West Lothian Faith Group

Interfaith Scotland's development officer, Frances Hume, and our new international intern, Simon Wiegand, visited the West Lothian Faith Group on 25th July to find out more about their activities and ways in which Interfaith Scotland can support the group.


The Art of Connection

Interfaith Scotland, the Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees and the Mental Health Foundation hosted an event in the Scottish Parliament on 21st June sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP and in celebration of Refugee Festival Scotland 2017. Participants heard about how the renowned artist Hannah Rose Thomas connected through her art with refugees in Jordan and Calais. There was an opportunity to view Hannah Rose's artwork alongside the artwork of refugees connected with the Mental Health Foundation’s Refugee Programme.

Four Nations Dialogue Event

On 6th June the national interfaith organisations for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England met  in Northern Ireland to explore best practice in supporting interfaith dialogue at the national level in their respective areas.


Islam in the Media


On 24th May Interfaith Scotland hosted a round table discussion with academics, media experts, representatives of Police Scotland and members of the Muslim community to explore how we could collectively mitigate the negative impact of the media reporting of Islam.  A report will follow and it is hoped that further dialogue and action will be taken, including the possibility of ‘guidelines’.

Hosting of International students from Lehigh University, Philadelphia

On 25th May Interfaith Scotland hosted 20 students and  professors from Lehigh University in Philadelphia.  The students were keen to learn about interfaith relations in Scotland and how they might promote interfaith dialogue in the US.

Interfaith School Events

The development officer brought two volunteers from our 'Face to Faith' programme to four local primary schools in Fort William and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula from 16th - 18th May. Pupils responded well to the programme. The development officer also gave a presentation about interfaith dialogue at Newbattle Community High School in Dalkeith.


For more details about 'Face to Faith' click here.

Religious Leaders Meeting

The bi-annual religious leaders forum took place in the Berkeley Street Gurdwara in Glasgow on 9th May.

Interfaith in the Scottish Borders

The development officer set up a meeting in the Scottish Borders for anyone who might have an interest in being part of a local interfaith group there. 12 people from a number of different faiths came along to the first meeting at Borders General Hospital Chaplaincy Centre in Melrose on 9th March. There was an interest shown by those gathered to reach out to different faith communities in their local area and hold interfaith events. The first event was a 'pot luck lunch' which took place on 7th May at the Chaplaincy Centre.


Spirituality and Dementia Dialogue

Interfaith Scotland hosted a dialogue on 27th April on the theme of ‘Spiritual Care for People Living with Dementia in Scotland’ at our dialogue centre in Glasgow. There was a presentation of findings from the spiritual care survey of people living with dementia in Scottish care homes given by Simon Jaquet, Director of SJCS followed by dialogue.


'Face to Faith' School Workshops

It has been a busy few weeks for our 'face to faith' schools programme. St Modan's High School in Stirling and Oban High School invited volunteers to speak at their annual 'interfaith days' both of which took place in February. Interfaith Scotland provided eight volunteers from the Christian, Muslim, Baha'i, Hindu, Sikh and Jewish faiths. You can read more about our schools 'face to faith' programme here.

East Renfrewshire Youth Initiative

A group of pupils from schools across East Renfrewshire organised an 'Interfaith Quiz' for World Harmony Week with the assistance of Interfaith Scotland and East Renfrewshire Council. The quiz took place at St Ninian's High School in February. Around 200 pupils from six local schools attended the fun and informative evening and it is planned that this will become an annual event for schools in East Renfrewshire.


Holocaust Memorial Day

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 key note speakers for 2017 were Saskia Tepe who is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and author of ‘Surviving Brigitte’s Secrets’ and Umetesi Stewart, who is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, now living in Scotland. Saskia and Umetesi spent several days speaking at a number of events. Read more here

Interfaith Service for Peace

Interfaith Scotland worked in partnership with Glasgow University to host an Interfaith Service for Peace in the University Chapel on Sunday 22nd January. Saskia Tepe shared the story of her mother who was a Holocaust Survivor amd of their time together with volunteers, linking this to the plight of current refugees across the world.

Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament

Interfaith Scotland's Director, Dr Maureen Sier, delivered the Time for Reflection on the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day on 17th January.

Interfaith Scotland blog

Interfaith Scotland has a 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:

Events Archive

You can find out about Interfaith Scotland events that took place from 2011 - 2016 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

Events in 2016


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