Scottish Interfaith Week 2016 took place from 13th - 20th November. The theme was 'Religion and the Media'. The theme gave us an opportunity to explore our complex relationship with the media, how we can share the positive stories of faith and interfaith work and challenge some of the negative reporting and stereotypes about people of different faiths in the media.
The launch of Scottish Interfaith Week took place at Paisley Town Hall in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and with support from Renfrewshire Interfaith Group (see images above). Read more about the event in our Interfaith Blog at https://interfaithscotland.wordpress.com/
Click here for a programme of events that took place in 2016.
The Annual General Meeting and public talk took place on 5th December at Linlithgow Burgh Halls. The speaker was Ruth Harvey from 'Places of Hope' who spoke about their work in Conflict Transformation in faith communities.
On 7th November 2016 Interfaith Scotland was once again honoured to facilitate an Interfaith Summit hosted by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Faith leaders and community representatives, young people and interfaith activists spent two engaging hours discussing the theme of 'community cohesion' with the First Minister and with Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. Broad areas for discussion were faith community and interfaith support for young people, asylum seekers and refugees and communities impacted by the Brexit vote.
At the core of our work are our members and friends dialogue events.
Holocaust Memorial Day Members Dialogue (January)
'Looking to the Future' - Interfaith in the years ahead (May)
Religion and Human Rights (October)
Religion and the Media (November)
Annual members dialogue with the non religious (November)
Interfaith Scotland's Development Officer, Frances Hume, delivered the Time for Reflection during Scottish Interfaith Week on 16th November.
A networking seminar for women's interfaith groups in Scotland was hosted at Interfaith Scotland's dialogue centre on 15th September. It was a wonderful opportunity to share good practice and make new friends.
The Annual Networking Seminar for local interfaith groups took place on Monday 22nd August at Interfaith Scotland's Dialogue Centre at Flemington House in Glasgow. Representatives from 12 local interfaith groups attended.
To thank our Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow volunteers for their hard work over the last year, we organised an away day on 6th August to Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway.
10 volunteers joined staff members for a tour of the monastery given by a resident 'Ani', a Tibetan Buddhist nun.
The Annual Seminar for Interfaith Professionals took place at the Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire on Wednesday 27th July.
Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow hosted a Women's Interfaith Fair as part of Refugee Festival Scotland at our new Dialogue Centre at Flemington House in Glasgow. Over 100 women attended from many different backgrounds and cultures and enjoyed a variety of activities including interfaith dialogue, arts and crafts from different faiths, singing, drama and delicious food!
The latest meeting of the Religious Leaders of Scotland took place at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Eskdalemuir. They were joined by pupils of Lincluden Primary School in Dumfries.
Interfaith Scotland held two training days for new volunteers at our new dialogue centre at Flemington House in Glasgow.
A women's interfaith dialogue took place at the Stirling Highland Hotel on International Women's Day. Women from eight different faiths attended the event which looked at 'Health and Wellbeing for body and soul'.
Interfaith Scotland commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with events taking place across Scotland. Click here for more details.
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