Local inter faith bodies are involved in inter faith work all year round, but having a single Week where most inter faith groups and faith forums are taking part throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland (and a week later in Scotland) provides a focal point for the public, opening up inter faith activity to a wider audience. It also raises the profile of local work.
The Week is a great opportunity to showcase what your local inter faith body does and to encourage new people to find out about and become involved with inter faith dialogue, learning and cooperation on social projects.
In the box below are some ideas for events drawn from the many ways in which local inter faith bodies have marked the Week to date.
- Join with your local authority to arrange a civic event to mark the Week
- Organise a ‘faith trail’ or ‘open door day’ in which faith communities open up their buildings to the public for short tours and a chance to learn about their community
- Host a celebratory event with food and arts displays from different communities
- Hold a debate on a topic of current concern
- Work with relevant bodies such as your local SACRE, youth council and LSP to develop a forum event for young people from different faith backgrounds – this might be a first step toward an ongoing forum
- Partner with a local library or museum to run a ‘faith exhibition’, or prepare an exhibition that can be used in other public spaces
- Join with local schools to help organise a special series of assemblies about different faith groups in the community, involving presentations from local people of different faiths
- Hold a ‘Question Time’ style discussion forum
- Join with Mizvah Day to hold a combined social action event
- Hold a dialogue meeting for women from different local faith communities to get together and discuss issues of common interest
- Team up with your local authority and members of different faith communities to organise a ‘community clean up’ of a local park
- Arrange a multi faith sports event
- Arrange an event exploring different faiths’ views on death and bereavement