Events

May

One Heart – Many Voices: Exploring Our Common Humanity

Join us for a special community event exploring the power of words to touch hearts and change lives

Internationally acclaimed Irish poet, Anton Floyd will share verses and stories from his latest collection ‘Depositions’ – a vivid tale of being forced from home, of fear and desperation, the struggles of adapting to a new country and the sadness of exile.

With translations in some 25 languages, we will invite guests, including refugees and asylum seekers, to read one or two verses in their native tongues.

With music and a light vegetarian lunch come help us make this a truly memorable occasion of meaningful dialogue and discussion.

📌 Wednesday 22nd May, 1-3.30pm), Flemington House in Glasgow

 

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.

📌 Friday 24th May – Monday 27th May, 2024

 

June

Regional Networking Seminar: Central Belt

Our regional networking seminars are for local interfaith groups to learn and network together. This particular seminar is for interfaith groups based in the Central Belt of Scotland.

📌  Thursday 6th June (11am-3.30pm), Flemington House in Glasgow

The North of Scotland networking seminar will take place on Monday 26th August in Elgin.

 

Rising Together: Celebrating Together

Celebrate diversity through creativity and the arts for Refugee Festival Scotland. Attendees can take part in various activities, including drop-in arts and crafts, music, henna hand painting, and drumming.

Interfaith Scotland’s Faces of Faith exhibition, featuring striking photographs of 16 people of faith in Scotland and their stories, will be available for attendees to view.

Vegetarian lunch provided.

We have the pleasure of working in collaboration with Interfaith Glasgow, Bridges Programme and SOHTIS to plan this event. This event is supported by the Scottish Refugee Council.

📌  Wednesday 19th June (12pm-3pm), Flemington House in Glasgow

 

September

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

May

Launch of Interfaith Conversation Café

The Interfaith Conversation Café aims to encourage interfaith dialogue, awareness, and understanding by uniting people from different religious traditions, spiritual, or humanist beliefs in conversation over light refreshments.

Our conversation café is a space where participants feel safe, fully engaged, and open to listening to and learning from each other. We will explore a chosen topic at each interfaith conversation café throughout the year for our participants to better understand each other’s beliefs, practices, and values. We gathered opinions from representatives of diverse faith and belief communities at the launch to help us shape the development of this project.

✔️  Wednesday 15th May (12-2pm), Flemington House in Glasgow

 

March

Save Energy, Save Money, Save Our Planet!

This energy efficiency training empowered participants to contribute towards a greener and more sustainable future.

A smarter energy use helps to lower energy bills, whilst reducing carbon emissions. This training was a chance to tap into the expertise of dedicated energy advisors and gain valuable insights into fostering positive change within your community.

We 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)

 

Inspirational Women

We celebrated 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 was part of our 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 looked at the theme of ‘Equal Partners’ for International Women’s Day. Our guest speakers talked about men and women being equal partners in all spheres of life from their own faith perspectives. 

Our speakers were: Rev Gareth Jones, Christian Faith; Dr Srihari Vallabhajousula, Hindu Faith; Allan Forsyth, Baha’i Faith.

✔️  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.

Through this special experience day we learned about wind power, a clean and renewable energy source. Our educational day at Whitelee Windfarm included a guided bus tour around the wind farm and an interactive workshop to learn about wind work.

✔️  Sunday 10th March, 10 am

 

WoodLearn – A Day of Green Woodworking, Forest Walks and Foraging

We had a special experience day in the woodlands to learn more about Scotland’s forests and celebrate the International Day of Forests.

Our educational day at the Port of Menteith started with a guided forest walk, where we learned about different ways to identify trees from their bark, buds, and leaves, as well as foraging. Our workshop leader gave an introduction to green woodworking, and we were able to carve our own spoon, scoop, or spatula using locally sourced wood.

We planned this course as part of our Climate Awareness project, supported by the Glasgow Climate Action Hub. We had the pleasure of working in collaboration with Green Aspirations Scotland to plan for this educational day.

✔️  Monday 18th March, Port of Menteith

 

Transformative Responses to Hatred Based on Religion or Belief

The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted 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

 

Climate Change: What has this got to do with me, and why does my voice matter?

Learn why your views matter and how your voice is much needed in the important conversations shaping climate action.

We planned this course as part of our Climate Awareness project, supported by the Glasgow Climate Action Hub.

✔️  Thursday 28th March, 10.30 am – 1.00 pm at Interfaith Scotland Dialogue Centre 

 

February

Faces of Faith Talk and Tour

At Edinburgh Napier University we had a talk and tour of our Faces of Faith exhibition.

This was a special event featuring stories from the exhibition exploring Scotland’s diverse religious and cultural communities.

✔️  Thursday 1st February, 4 – 5pm (Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus Foyer)

 

Interfaith Interactions on the theme of Pilgrimage

This online event for our Interfaith Interactions series took place during World Interfaith Harmony Week on the theme of Pilgrimage.

✔️  Monday 6th February, 7 – 8.15pm (online)

 

Lunar New Year Celebration

Over one hundred people joined us for a Lunar New Year Celebration featuring live performances of classical Chinese dance, Sichuan opera face-changing, musical instruments and more.

This event was hosted by Interfaith Scotland, Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow.

✔️  Saturday 10th February, 12 – 1.30pm, Interfaith Dialogue Centre (Flemington House, Glasgow)

 

How Does Your Bag of Crisps Heat Up the Planet

This interactive session provided an opportunity to share and taste different crisps, learn about the humble crisps journey and what impact the process of making crisps has on the planet.

Earth is in a state of climate emergency. To turn this around, we need to become a climate literate society. This workshop explored climate change, mitigation and adaptation.

We planned this climate literacy training as part of our Climate Awareness project supported by Glasgow Climate Action Hub.

✔️  Monday 12th February, 10 am – 12.30 pm, Interfaith Scotland Dialogue Centre (Flemington House, Glasgow)

 

January

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024: The Fragility of Freedom Concert

We hosted a special evening concert in partnership with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme for 2024 was ‘The Fragility of Freedom’.

✔️  Wednesday 24th January, 6 – 7pm, Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

 

Faces of Faith Exhibition

We toured the Faces of Faith exhibition, featuring beautiful images of 16 people of faith in Scotland and sharing their stories.

✔️  Friday 26th January – Wednesday 7th February (Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus Foyer)

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