News 2017

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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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