The dates of Scottish Interfaith Week 2017 are Sunday 12th - Sunday 19th November. The theme will be 'Religion, the Arts and Creativity'. The national launch event will take place on 13th November in Dundee, details tbc.
Click here for resources for Scottish Interfaith Week for schools, youth and community groups.
Established by Interfaith Scotland in 2004, Scottish Interfaith Week provides an opportunity for individuals, local interfaith groups and faith communities across the country to celebrate Scotland's religious diversity and to plan events that bring local people together to promote dialogue, understanding and co-operation between Scotland's diverse religious communities.
According to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, "Scotland is a modern multi-faith and multi-cultural country where all people can live together in harmony, and where people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds can follow their religion or belief and achieve their potential. These events are tremendously important in bringing together different communities united in a common purpose. We all want to live in a Scotland where mutual trust, respect and understanding form the basis for our lives and our relationships with others. I know that these basic principles will underpin the various events being held up and down the country during interfaith week”.
Scottish Interfaith Week 2016 took place from 13th - 20th November. The theme was 'Religion and the Media'. Media reporting can have a powerful effect on people of different faiths, both positive and negative. The 2016 theme gave us an opportunity to explore our 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). The winners of the Scottish Interfaith Week art competition were pupils from Wallace Primary School in Elderslie, Renfrewshire who won £50 for their school and a tour of BBC Scotland.
We have some wonderful blogs from our volunteer interfaith ambassadors and staff who reported on a variety of Scottish Interfaith Week events. You can read their stories at: https://interfaithscotland.wordpress.com/
A programme of 50 events that took place during the week can be found below.
In 2016 Interfaith Scotland celebrated Scottish Interfaith Week on the same week as the rest of the UK. The Inter Faith Network for the UK produces an 'interactive map' which you can click on to see events taking place in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as a list of events taking place in each town and city across the UK. To see these events click here
To find out more about Scottish Interfaith Week themes and events from 2011 - 2015 please click here.