Fife Interfaith Group
Fife Interfaith Group’s origins can be traced to 2004 when three agencies came together with the shared vision of serving better the diverse communities within Fife: FRAE Fife, Fife Council’s Equality Forum and Fife Fire and Rescue Service.
The first meeting of the group was held in 2015 and we have had representatives from a wide range of faiths and denominations.
Fife Interfaith Group meets monthly usually in a Mosque in Kirkcaldy but venues do vary in Kirkcaldy and other towns in Fife. A Fife Peace Garden was opened in Beveridge Park in 2012 as a joint project between Fife Council and the Fife Interfaith Group with funding provided by the Lottery Fund Scotland and Fife Environment Trust and local sponsors. We have a formal committee which organises the meetings which are for planning events and also discussions on Faith and other subjects. Anyone is welcome and participation is encouraged.
The Group has tried to spread the message of Interfaith with presentations in local schools, Faith Walks around different places of worship, an Annual Lecture highlighting Interfaith from members of other faiths including Islam, Episcopalian Church, Church of Scotland and a member of Interfaith Scotland. An interfaith choir has recently been formed, performing at the Diversity Gala in September (see below).
The Group has had representatives from a wide range of faiths and denominations. The personal links formed among members of interfaith groups such as ours have been invaluable in the bringing together of different communities. The coming together of faiths also has an important symbolic importance: it is a visible sign of the principle of peaceful co-existence and co-operation among faiths within the community of Fife.