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Interfaith Scotland is the national interfaith organisation for Scotland.

We work to help ensure good relations between the diverse religion and belief communities of Scotland and also to share good practice in interfaith dialogue, education, engagement and training nationally and internationally.

Queen Elizabeth, 1926-2022

The Board of Trustees and Staff of Interfaith Scotland convey their deep sadness on the news of HRH The Queen’s death. Queen Elizabeth is admired around the world for her sense of duty and example of tireless service. Her commitment to her faith and her support for good interfaith relations has been a tremendous encouragement to all of us.

She will be sadly missed and our deep condolences are offered to the members of the Royal Family.

Announcement: Covid-19

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Interfaith Scotland has been working with faith communities and local interfaith groups across Scotland to assist them in their work of supporting communities at the grassroots level. For up-to-date information on the current crisis please go to the Scottish Government website. Find out more about the re-opening of Places of Worship in Scotland

Events

Upcoming events

Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum in Iona

On Monday 19th September, the day Queen Elizabeth is laid to rest, representatives of The Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum, local interfaith groups and university chaplains will travel to the historic island of Iona for a three-day conference.

This trip was envisioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum. During their three days together, representatives of the Forum (supported by local groups and chaplains) will reflect on their past twenty years and look ahead to how they can continue working to promote good interfaith relations and for the common good.

📌 Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd September 2022

 

20th Anniversary Service of Commitment (livestream)

On Wednesday 21st September, representatives of the Forum (with invited guests) will host a 20th Anniversary Service of Commitment in Iona Abbey.

We hope that people around the world will witness this historic event by watching the livestream.

Please email admin@interfaithscotland.org for Zoom details.

📌 Wednesday 21st September 2022, 9pm GMT

 

Scottish Interfaith Week

Scottish Interfaith Week is a community-led festival held across Scotland every November to celebrate the nation’s religious and cultural diversity

The theme this year is Storytelling, to tie in with Scotland’s Year Of Stories.

We will be hosting several events for the festival. More information to come!

📌 Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th November 2022

 

Hate Crime Focus Groups

Our Director Maureen will be organising hate crime focus groups, or individual consultations, in the coming months.

For further information, please email maureen@interfaithscotland.org

National Interfaith Youth Board

We are looking for young people aged 18-30 from a range of faith and belief backgrounds to form our new youth board.

You will represent young people on a national level with opportunities to influence Scotland’s social and political future.

Click here for more information

Apply online: Google form

Training

Upcoming public training courses

Our lives are ruled by the stories we tell ourselves – how interpretation shapes interaction (Tuesday 13th September, 10am – 12pm)

Introduction to Working with Religious Diversity (Wednesday 26th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm)

Intention versus impact – exploring challenges around group labels and unintended offence (Tuesday 6th December, 1.30pm – 3.30pm)

Sign up for a public training course on Eventbrite

Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26

Scottish and UK religious leaders signed a declaration calling on governments to take transformational climate action at COP26.

More than 50 religious leaders signed the Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration which calls for those in power to put the 2015 Paris Agreement into effect.

Message from Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland for faith communities and local interfaith groups

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We were delighted to host the Scottish Religious Leaders' Forum's 20th anniversary and renewal of their commitment at Iona Abbey last night.

Many thanks to all who guided us in liturgy, song and cake! https://t.co/s8EgPEqVO5
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A remarkable and moving service last night in Iona Abbey marking the Scottish Religious Leaders' Forum's 20th anniversary and renewal of their commitment. This event also brought our joyous 3-day interfaith pilgrimage on the sacred island of Iona to an end.

#IonaPilgrimage https://t.co/3TEwuCFuKp
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The religious leaders are putting in the final preparation for tonight’s Interfaith Service of Commitment. Sharing their visions and discussing the challenges facing faith communities, Scotland, humanity.
 
Join us tonight at 9pm ➡️ Contact admin @interfaithscotland.org for link https://t.co/1HRqvzBY1t
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The religious leaders are putting in the final preparation for tonight’s Interfaith Service of Commitment. Sharing their visions and discussing the challenges facing faith communities,

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