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. For further background about the Week, see the About page.
1) Julie Jones (Inter-faith Council for Wales) and Smita Oza (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha) (Photo: IFN)
2) Members of the Leicester City Council 'Interfaith Task Force) (Photo: Leicester City Council)
3) Trustees and member body representatives launching the Inter Faith Week Toolkit (Photo: IFN)
Get inspired for 2017!
A new report on Inter Faith Week 2016, Stories from 2016, Inspiration for 2017, has now been published and is packed with pictures, key statistics, social media posts and media coverage from the Week. The report concludes with a short section looking forward to the Week in 2017. We hope that it inspires you to take part!
Some other useful links related to Inter Faith Week 2017:
The Inter Faith Week Toolkit is packed with suggestions for marking the Week and examples and illustrations drawn from the many successful activities held to date. It also includes practical guidance and links to further information.
Let's Talk: Practical pointers for inter faith dialogue is a booklet offering some short reflections and examples drawn from the work of IFN and its member bodies, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging further discussion and engagement in inter faith activity.
The Faiths Working Together Toolkit contains practical pointers for making contact, planning and publicising inter faith activities, and advice on key principles for engagement. The resource was produced in partnership between Near Neighbours and the Inter Faith Network for the UK.
Find out more about Inter Faith Week here.
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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