Events 2022

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

August 2022

Annual Networking Seminar for local interfaith groups

An opportunity for members of local interfaith groups throughout Scotland to network with one another and share good practice.

✔️ Monday 15th August at Interfaith Scotland Dialogue Centre

 

Women’s Interfaith Retreat

We hosted an interfaith retreat for women at the Centre for World Peace and Health on the island of Holy Isle off Arran.

✔️ Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August 2022

 

July 2022

Screening of “Quo Vadis, Aida” plus Q&A

June 2022

Interfaith Family Picnic

We hosted an Interfaith Family Picnic with Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network at The Hidden Gardens.

This picnic was an intergenerational celebration for the Queen’s Jubilee and Thank You Day!

✔️ Sunday 5th June, 2.30 – 4.30pm

Interfaith Buddies

Interfaith Scotland hosted an Interfaith Buddies event on Zoom for people to make a new buddy and learn about other faiths and beliefs.

✔️ Wednesday 8th June, 7-8.30pm

Cross Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief

John Mason MSP invited the public to the next online meeting of the Cross Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Fiona Bruce MP (Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief) was the guest speaker.

✔️ Monday 13th June, 5.30 – 7pm

Sharing our Stories through Creativity

We held an event in Dumfries to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland. The event was hosted in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group and Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association. We shared stories from our lives through creative crafts.

✔️ Wednesday 15th June, 11.30am – 2pm

Envisioning the Future

We hosted a dialogue event on ‘Envisioning the Future’ for Members and Associate Members of Interfaith Scotland only.

We have been undertaking a thorough review of our constitution to ensure that it is fit for purpose. We wanted to update our Members and Associate Members on the proposed changes, and invite dialogue, discussion and input.

✔️ Wednesday 22nd June, 6pm (online)

 

May 2022

Climate Justice – Faith Perspectives

This online seminar addressed: Climate justice, faiths, and just transition; voices from the interfaith climate movement; and responses from COP26 negotiators.

We discussed the two latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on adaptation and on mitigation highlight the need for climate justice.

This seminar was hosted by the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

✔️ Wednesday 11th May (Online)

Poetry Writing Workshop with Alison Bell

Interfaith Scotland is working with the Scottish Poetry Library to create a book of poems on the theme of ‘The Gift’. The poems will be written by people from diverse faith and belief backgrounds, and will be offered to community leaders and activists with thanks and gratitude for all they have done to steer us through the pandemic. We have organised an online poetry workshop with Alison Bell,  Creative Writing Tutor, who will be giving support in writing a poem for the anthology.

To book your place please sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/IFS-PoetryWorkshop

✔️ Tuesday 31st May, 7 – 8.30pm

 

April 2022

Your Community, Your UK Parliament – An introduction Workshop

What is Parliament? Why is it important? How can you influence Parliament and get your voice heard?

The Senior Education and Engagement Outreach Officer for the UK Parliament (Scotland) offered a workshop giving an introduction to the UK Parliament.

This was a really interesting and interactive workshop, and we learned ways to have our voices heard by MPs.

✔️ Tuesday 12th April, 7 – 8.30pm

Cross Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief

At our Cross Party Group meeting on ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief’, we were joined by Mohammad Asif, Director of Afghan Human Rights Foundation to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

✔️ Saturday 19th April (online)

Ceilidh for the Climate

We hosted a Ceilidh for the Climate for World Earth Day to raise awareness about climate change and to raise funds for planting trees in the World Interfaith Harmony Grove.

We taught some Scottish dancing, and everyone had an opportunity to bring a poem, song, story or dance to share. The event finished with a delicious curry.

✔️ Sunday 24th April, 3 – 6pm (Our Lady and St Ninian’s Church Hall, 52 Quakerfield, Bannockburn)

 

March 2022

Multi-Faith Prayers for Peace in Ukraine

Pope Francis called for the people of the world to come together to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine. Interfaith Scotland and The Catholic Bishop’s Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue ejoined with millions of others across the world to pray for peace on Wednesday 2nd March.

✔️ Wednesday 2 March, 7.30 pm

 

February 2022

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2022

Interfaith Scotland held two events to celebrate the week which took place from 1st – 7th February.

Protection of Mother Earth through Mindfulness and Prayer

Interfaith Scotland hosted an online event in partnership with Mindfulness for Earth and Faith for Earth. Seven speakers from different faiths shared what mindfulness and prayer means to them in the context of protecting the environment. Encouraging us to reconnect with ourselves and our Mother Earth, each faith leader also shared a short meditation practice or a prayer.

✔️ Tuesday 1st February, 12.30 – 2.45pm (on Zoom)

Pilgrimage to Places of Worship

Interfaith Scotland hosted a pilgrimage to places of worship in the West End of Glasgow on the theme of ‘Stories of Hope from Women of Faith’. We met a woman of faith at each place of worship who shared her faith journey, and how her faith gives her hope in difficult times.

✔️ Thursday 3rd February, 11am – 3pm (in person)

You can watch the talks from the pilgrimage on our YouTube Channel at: https://youtu.be/GyfSwvZsBFA

You can also watch the highlight reel at https://youtu.be/_XRxnbEaSpI

Programme:

  • 11.00am      Glasgow University Chapel, University Avenue – arrival, tea and coffee
  • 11.15am      Talk by Rev Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain
  • 11.30am      Dialogue on ‘our journeys/stories of faith’ and  ‘what gives us hope’
  • 12pm           Walk through Kelvingrove Park with a Pagan blessing
  • 12.30pm      Hindu Mandir, La Belle Place, talk by a member of the Mahila group
  • 1pm             Central Gurdwara, Berkeley Street, talk by Gursinder Kaur and lunch
  • 2pm             Walk to Garnethill Synagogue, Hill Street
  • 2.30pm        Talk by Fiona Brodie at Garnethill Synagogue

Impression of COP26

Our Director Maureen Sier spoke in conversation with Lucy Plummer, a member of RfP UK Interfaith Youth Network, at a World Congress of Faiths event. They discussed their experiences of COP26, and the obligations that climate change places on faith communities.

✔️ Monday 7th February, 6pm (online)

Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe Symposium

The second Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe Symposium in the series ‘Progressing Together Sustainably’ took place on 18th February. The event explored themes of climate, sustainable ecology, harmony and justice ? Our Director Maureen Sier spoke at the event about individual and collective action.

✔️ Friday 18th February, 5.30pm (Zoom)

 

January 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 events across Scotland

Here is a selection of national and local Holocaust Memorial Day events which were held across Scotland during the week beginning 24th January 2022.

Edinburgh Interfaith Association (online)

Edinburgh Interfaith Association hosted the Scottish National Holocaust Memorial Ceremony. The programme included contributions from Henry Wuga (Holocaust Survivor), Eric Eugene Murangwa (Rwandan genocide survivor against the Tutsi), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Shona Robison (Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government).

✔️ Wednesday 26th January, 6pm – 7pm

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust UK (online)

Sandi Toksvig OBE narrated the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day this year. Sandi’s family have a personal connection to the Holocaust as they hid Jewish people from the Nazis during the war. Many special guests appeared, including actors, sports people and faith leaders and their contributions sat alongside the powerful testimony of Holocaust and genocide survivors.

✔️ Thursday 27th January, 7pm

East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Council (online)

East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Councils jointly hosted their Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony virtually this year. The Ceremony included footage of local residents describing their family’s persecution and their subsequent move to Scotland; music provided by East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire school pupils; a prayer; and an opportunity to light a candle in your own home in memory of all those who were murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in other genocides.

✔️ Wednesday 26th January, 7pm

Erskine Community Garden (in person)

We held a moment of silence and arranged an exhibition of art & crafts within the garden, to promote unity, understanding, peace and hope. Address: Erskine Community Garden at Barwood Park, Barwood Road, Erskine, United Kingdom.

✔️ Wednesday 26th January, 11.55am

Interfaith Scotland (online and in person)

For over 10 years Interfaith Scotland has hosted the National Holocaust Memorial event for Scotland. This year we held a smaller, more intimate and participative commemorative event at the Interfaith Scotland Dialogue Centre.

✔️ Thursday 27th January, 6.30pm

Ayrshire Interfaith Group (in person)

Ayrshire Interfaith group hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mossgeil Place in Ayr.

✔️ Thursday 27th January, 7pm

Iona Abbey (online and in person)

A candlelit vigil was held in Iona Abbey for the local congregation and for those joining by Zoom. There were contributions from people from different traditions and musicians from the island of Iona played live at the Abbey.

✔️ Thursday 27th January, 7pm

Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group (online)

The Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group held a short online event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. There were readings and interfaith prayers relating to this year’s theme.

People were also invited to light a candle at a suitable location to mark the day.

✔️ Thursday 27th January, 1pm

Aberdeen Interfaith Group (online)

Aberdeen Interfaith group hosted Holocaust Reflections on Zoom with guest speakers Eva Clarke BEM and Dr Carl Wilkens of World Outside my Shoes.

✔️ Sunday 30th January, 2.30pm

Events 2021

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Events 2020

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Events 2019

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