Scottish Interfaith Week 2020
For the first time ever, Scottish Interfaith Week was hosted entirely online in 2020. Despite the challenges of going digital, the Interfaith Scotland team were thrilled with the idea of using the internet to open doors for more people to engage with interfaith dialogue and build connections regardless of location.
With the hard work of local interfaith groups, organisations from Scotland and further afield, passionate individuals, and the Interfaith Scotland team, we collectively hosted over 65 events for Scottish Interfaith Week 2020.
The variety and creativity of the events for 2020 was exceptional and we would like to say a huge thank you to all our event organisers who rose to the challenge of hosting engaging events online. Audiences from around the world were able to participate in interfaith dialogue through creative workshops, panel discussions, book readings, webinars, poetry nights, cooking classes, gallery exhibitions, training courses, virtual tours, and much more.
Our theme for 2020, ‘connecting’, was key for developing a programme of events which reflected the pressing need in our communities for human connection during a time of isolation. We knew many people were feeling disconnected last year and we were delighted to provide hundreds of people with the opportunity to attend interesting events, meet new people and build meaningful relationships.
We were also thrilled with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s message in which she thanked faith communities and local interfaith groups for their work throughout the pandemic, and reflected on the importance of Scottish Interfaith Week:
“I think this year’s theme of being connected is very appropriate. The pandemic has shown how closely we are all connected and how much we all depend on each other and it has demonstrated once again the importance of our interfaith groups, your work of bringing people together will be more important than ever as our country seeks to recover from this crisis.”
Our hope for the upcoming year, and Scottish Interfaith Week 2021, is to continue building a world that is kinder and infinitely more connected. We hope you will join us this November for another incredible week of interfaith dialogue and connection.