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.
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
Tears of Gold: Stories of Refugee Women Displaced from Home
For Refugee Festival Scotland, we are co-sponsoring a wonderful exhibition of the work of artist Hannah Rose Thomas with UNESCO, Glasgow University and The Dear Green Bothy. The exhibition will run from 11th – 17th June. Find out more.
📌 Friday 11th – Thursday 17th June
Interfaith Buddies: The Great Get Together
Our next Interfaith Buddies event will take place on 18th June at 11am as a part of the Great Get Together, an initiative inspired by the late Jo Cox which brings people together to celebrate what they have in common. Bring a cake and a cuppa and enjoy making a new friend from another faith! Sign up here.
📌 Friday 18th June, 11am (Zoom)
Mental Health, Older People and Faith Communities
We are partnering with Faith in Older People at their final seminar of the Mental Health Series. Our board members Rita Docherty, Nicola Maule, and Robin Downie have been invited to take part in the panel discussion, to explore the mental health challenges from the perspectives of different faiths. Sign up here.
📌 Tuesday 22nd June, 4.30pm to 6pm (Zoom)
Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land
In a land considered Holy by four Abrahamic Faiths (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i) we feel the pain of all those suffering and wish earnestly for peace. Please join us to pray, witness together and demonstrate that our hearts are longing for peace in the Holy Land. Interfaith Scotland and the Catholic Bishops Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue
📌 Wednesday 23rd June, 6.30pm (Zoom)
An Introduction to Working with Religious Diversity
An interactive workshop on improving our confidence in discussing and responding to the religion and belief of those we work with. The cost of this workshop is £25. Sign up here.
📌 Thursday 15th July, 10.30am – 12.30pm (Zoom)
Advantage is invisible – understanding unintentional discrimination
An interactive workshop exploring why discrimination is common even when our intentions are to work fairly with all staff and service users. The cost of this workshop is £25. Sign up here.
📌 Tuesday 3rd August, 10.30am – 12.30pm (Zoom)
Annual Networking Seminar for Local Interfaith Groups
The annual networking seminar is an opportunity for members of local interfaith groups to come together and share good practice. If you are a member of a local interfaith group you can sign up to attend by emailing Frances at firstname.lastname@example.org
📌 Thursday 19th August, time tbc (Zoom)
Intention versus impact – exploring challenges around group labels and unintended offence
An interactive workshop exploring the terminology used to describe groups of people and how we can respond when unintended offence is caused. The cost of the workshop is £25. Sign up here.
📌 Wednesday 25th August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm (Zoom)
Debiasing our systems, debiasing ourselves – an introduction to tackling unconscious bias
An interactive course exploring the evidence of unconscious bias and methods for reducing its impact on our decisions, behaviour and processes. The cost of the course is £25. Sign up here
📌 Tuesday 14th September, 10.30am – 1pm (Zoom)
Scottish Interfaith Week
Scottish Interfaith week 2021 is now taking event submissions. To coincide with COP26, the week will begin on Sunday 31 October. Please visit www.scottishinterfaithweek.org to register your event, get more information and take part.
📌 Sunday 31st October – Sunday 7th November
Message from Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland for faith communities and local interfaith groups
Join us on Twitter
Such an important event #UyghurGenocide @HMD_UK https://t.co/t65e1gNe2P
#Scottish Council of #Jewish Communities & @YetAgainUK will host an important discussion on Sunday 20 June at 7pm:
What’s Happening to the #Uyghurs?
With speaker @MahmutRahima & input from @MichaelPolakLaw
chaired by @OliviaRMW
Book for FREE: https://t.co/VR6Az3DWj9 https://t.co/ixAsPvd95m
We're looking forward to our Interfaith Buddies event happening tomorrow as part of @great_together! #MoreInCommon https://t.co/dJuHau2ZcJ
Meet with someone from a different faith or belief at our online Interfaith Buddies event (18/06, 11:00-12:15) as part of @great_together.
You will be paired with a buddy for 1-to-1 conversation.
Sign up by June 16th ➡️ https://t.co/4fQ6O4DeV7
Last day to see the Tears Of Gold exhibition by @HannaRoseThomas in the @UofGlasgow chapel! You can book a ticket for the online closing event happening at 3pm. We've been delighted to co-sponsor this exhibition for #RefugeeFestScot. #AyeWelcomeRefugees
We are holding Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land on Wednesday 23rd June at 6.30pm. Please join us to pray, witness together and demonstrate that our hearts are longing for peace in the Holy Land.
If you would like to join us, please email maureen @interfaithscotland.org
Want to learn about the UN climate talks and connect with other Quakers near you to take action?
Sign up for our final COP26 workshops on 23 June and 29 June. Don’t worry if you missed your regional session, you're welcome to join these ones!