Religious Leaders of Scotland

Interfaith Scotland brings together the Religious Leaders of Scotland on a bi-annual basis to discuss pertinent issues such as Religious Education, caring for the homeless and conserving the environment. The Religious Leaders Forum has been significant for the deep and lasting friendships that it has engendered and symbolises the inclusive and dynamic nature of Scottish society. The Forum allows for prompt responses when issues of national or international importance have emerged. The meetings also give a strong message to religious communities across Scotland that religious tolerance, understanding and friendship across the diverse faith communities is important.

Bi-annual Meeting November 2016

 

Interfaith Scotland was honoured to be asked to organise a second Interfaith Summit on behalf of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Religious leaders of Scotland were represented alongside representatives from Interfaith Scotland, Interfaith Glasgow and Edinburgh Interfaith Association. The meeting was also attended by the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance. Those in the meeting noted that the approach of Interfaith Scotland of bringing people together to dialogue on common issues was a great strength to Scotland and the model should be emulated across the country. It was felt that interfaith work is increasingly important as the country faces ongoing difficult times. Three key themes were discussed: working with young people, supporting asylum seekers and supporting community cohesion in the context of Brexit.

Bi-annual Meeting May 2016

 

The religious leaders met at Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Eskdalemuir in May. They were welcomed by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, shared updates from their communities and discussed the upcoming Scottish Interfaith Week. A Scottish Government representative gave a presentation on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act. Pupils from Lincluden Primary School in Dumfries had been invited and engaged the religious leaders in a lively question and answer session.

Archive of Religious Leaders Meetings 2013 - 2015

Click here for an archive of Religious Leaders Meetings from 2013 - 2015.

 

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