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.
COP28 Briefing for Faith and Belief Communities
COP28 is over and our Climate Justice Associate, Adrian Shaw, has prepared a useful guide to what happened in Dubai. This briefing highlights the key outcomes of the Cop, gives up-to-date information on the science, and concludes with actions for Religious Leaders.
Upcoming Events in 2024
Save Energy, Save Money, Save Our Planet!
Join us for this energy efficiency training opportunity, where the wealth of knowledge possessed by our workshop leaders will be shared, empowering participants to contribute towards a greener and more sustainable future.
A smarter energy use will help to lower your energy bills, whilst reducing your carbon emissions. This training is your chance to tap into the expertise of these dedicated energy advisors and gain valuable insights into fostering positive change within your community.
Vegetarian lunch provided.
We have planned this energy efficiency training as part of our Climate Awareness project supported by Glasgow Climate Action Hub.
📌 Tuesday 6th March, 11 am- 12.30 pm, Interfaith Scotland Dialogue Centre (Flemington House, Glasgow)
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a showcase of three inspirational women sharing their stories and journey as change makers.
Hosted by RfP UK Women of Faith Network & University of Glasgow. Moderated by Dr Maureen Sier of Interfaith Scotland.
📌 Tuesday 6th March, 5-7pm (Glasgow & online)
Interfaith Interactions: Equal Partners
This event is part of an online dialogue series featuring speakers from various faith and belief backgrounds presenting on different themes, followed by an opportunity to dialogue in small groups.
We will be looking at the theme of ‘Equal Partners’ for International Women’s Day. Our guest speakers will talk about men and women being equal partners in all spheres of life from their own faith perspectives.
Our speakers will be:
- Rev Gareth Jones, Christian Faith
- Dr Srihari Vallabhajousula, Hindu Faith
- Allan Forsyth, Baha’i Faith
Zoom details for the event will be sent nearer the time.
📌 Thursday 7th March, 7-8.15 pm
Visit Whitelee Windfarm
Whitelee is the UK’s largest onshore windfarm, located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow.
Join us for a special experience day to learn more about wind power, a clean and renewable energy source. Our educational day at Whitelee Windfarm includes a guided bus tour around the wind farm and an interactive workshop to learn about wind work. Participants will also get some free time to explore around the exhibition area.
Vegetarian lunch provided.
- Email email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in the trip. Places are limited.
📌 Sunday 10th March, 10 am
Transformative Responses to Hatred Based on Religion or Belief
The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief invites you to a special talk from Dr Nazila Ghanea, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.
Dr Ghanea is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the MSc in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. Her academic work has often connected with multilateral practice in international human rights law.
📌 Wednesday 27th March, 6-7.30 pm
Interfaith Retreat to Holy Isle
We are hosting a retreat to Holy Isle off the island of Arran, staying at the Centre for World Peace and Health.
The retreat is open to people of all faiths and beliefs.
Booking via the Holy Isle website will open in January 2024.
📌 Friday 24th May – Monday 27th May, 2024
Read more about the retreat on the Holy Isle website.
Interfaith Week on Iona
The Iona Community is hosting an interfaith week on the island of Iona facilitated by Dr Maureen Sier and Frances Hume from Interfaith Scotland; Zarina Ahmad, a climate activist based in Manchester, and Caro Penney, Iona Abbey Warden.
The week is open to people of all faiths and beliefs and the focus will be on environmental protection.
📌 Saturday 14th September – Friday 20th September, 2024
Read more about the week and book your place on the Iona Community website.
Public Training Courses
More training courses coming soon in 2024.
Interfaith Creative Projects
Faces of Faith Exhibition
This exhibition is a showcase of Scotland’s diverse religious and cultural communities.
Through the stories of sixteen people, we explore the joys, challenges, and complexities of living as a person of faith in Scotland, and the impact these communities have on a local, national, and international level.
View the exhibition on the Scottish Interfaith Week website.
We worked with the Scottish Poetry Library to create a beautiful anthology of 40 poems written by poets of all faiths and beliefs.
The poets shared insights into what gave them support and inspiration during the pandemic such as nature, faith and culture. You can read more here.
The poetry book is available to purchase from Interfaith Scotland for £4.99. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
You can also buy a copy via the Scottish Poetry Library website at the link here