A week to focus on inter faith understanding and cooperation
Inter Faith Week 2017 will take place from Sunday 12 November to Sunday 19 November.
Building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs is part of the year-round work of many people and organisations across the UK.
Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more and more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in it.
Why an ‘8 day week’? This year, as in 2016, the Week begins on Remembrance Sunday and many people of different faiths and beliefs will be marking that in some way. It is hoped that the additional Sunday will provide the opportunity for other weekend events to take place.
Inter Faith Week 2017 events will be published later in the year. Inter Faith Week 2016 ran from Sunday 13 November to Sunday 20 November and was a huge success!
Some useful links related to Inter Faith Week 2016:
- A series of 'snapshots' of different types of events held during the 2016 Week.
- Post-Week press release - issued 21 November 2016
- Inter Faith Learning, Dialogue and Cooperation: Next Steps - a new resource published on 21 November to assist people who have attended an Inter Faith Week event and would like to get more involved
- Survey for Inter Faith Week 2016 activity organisers
Message from Trustees of the Inter Faith Network:
Trustees of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
Inter faith understanding and cooperation are a vital part of living well together in our increasingly diverse United Kingdom. Inter Faith Week is an excellent time to highlight this and to widen involvement in joint social action projects, dialogue and learning. We are heartened by the number of bodies – from workplaces to faith groups, sports bodies, schools, colleges, public agencies and many others – who are planning events for this year. We hope even more will join them.
In a message about the Week, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister
Inter Faith Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity and richness of faith communities in Britain. It is also a chance for people of all faiths to come together and to highlight the invaluable contribution they collectively make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society.
Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP says:
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Inter Faith Week is all about bringing people together to help improve understanding of different faiths and share what we have in common. I hope lots of people will get involved and celebrate the different faiths that make up British life.
Message from Minister with responsibility for faith and integration and cohesion
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Minister with responsibility for faith and integration and cohesion at the Department for Communities and Local Government
We are greatly enriched by the diversity of faiths that call our country home, all of whom play an integral part in their local communities. Inter Faith Week is a terrific way for people to learn from one another and celebrate the tremendous amount we have in common.
Inter Faith Week is a programme of the Inter Faith Network for the UK.
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