A week to focus on inter faith understanding and cooperation

Inter Faith Week 2017 - an amazing week!

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.

Inter Faith Week 2017 ended on Sunday 19 November. It was an amazing Week.  Thank you to the hundreds of organisations of so many kinds and the thousands of people who have made the week such an amazing and powerful one -  reaching out, drawing people of all ages and different backgrounds into conversations and learning opportunities, volunteering, arts events and sport events, schools and campus based activities and so much more.

Click here to read the press release.

Scottish Interfaith Week, led by Interfaith Scotland, also ended on 19 November.

Quick links

  • Next Steps - a resource for people new to trying inter faith activity who want to find out more
  • Activity organiser survey - If you helped to organise an activity, we'd love to hear your views
  • Further information can be found on the About page and background on the History page

Photos above
1) Julie Jones (Inter-faith Council for Wales) and Smita Oza (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha) 
2) Members of the IFN office team
3) Dr Natubhai Shah (Jain Network) and Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala (Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha of GB)

  • Message from Trustees of the Inter Faith Network:

    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.

    Trustees of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
  • In a message about the Week, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

    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.

    The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister
  • Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP says:

    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.

    The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Message from Minister with responsibility for faith and integration and cohesion

    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.

    Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Minister with responsibility for faith and integration and cohesion at the Department for Communities and Local Government

Inter Faith Network logoInter Faith Week is a programme of the Inter Faith Network for the UK.

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759 activities

Inter Faith Week 2017 drew to a close on 19 November. Activities listed are for reporting purposes, and 2018 information will be added later in the year.

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