INTER FAITH WEEK: 2 MONTHS TO GO!
National Inter Faith Week www.interfaithweek.org, now in its eighth year, takes place this year from 13-20 November.
Its aims are to:
- Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
- Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
- Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs
The Trustees of the Inter Faith Network for the UK say:
“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.”
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Minister with responsibility for faith and integration and cohesion at the Department for Communities and Local Government, says:
“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.”
Each year, hundreds of organisations take part: faith and inter faith bodies, non-religious belief organisations, community and voluntary organisations, businesses, local authorities, emergency services, schools, colleges, universities, chaplaincies, sports organisations and others. The number has been rising steadily across the last three years. The Week is covered by media at local, regional, national and UK level and receives a high profile on social media. Among the events and activities already planned for this year are faith trails, dialogues, and social action events. Early event listings go live on the Inter Faith Week website today and new events will be added on a rolling basis across the coming weeks.
1. Inter Faith Week is a programme of the Inter Faith Network for the UK (www.interfaith.org.uk) It manages the Inter Faith Week website www.interfaithweek.org, working with the Inter-faith Council for Wales (http://interfaithwales.org.uk), and the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum (http://niinterfaithforum.org) in relation to Wales and Northern Ireland. The Inter Faith Network office is happy to assist media with enquiries about the Week.
2. The Inter Faith Week website carries more information and resources including a special toolkit packed with event ideas: www.interfaithweek.org
3. Inter Faith Week has its own Twitter account www.twitter.com/IFWeek and Facebook page www.facebook.com/IFWeek
4. Key facts, figures and comments on Inter Faith Week 2015 can be found at www.interfaithweek.org/2015
5. Inter Faith Week 2016 runs for 8 days. 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.
6. Inter Faith Week was established in England and Wales in 2009, and in Northern Ireland in 2010. Scottish Inter Faith Week has taken place with great success since 2004 and is led by Interfaith Scotland (www.interfaithscotland.org). The dates of the Week are the same and events for all the four nations will be included this year on the map on the Inter Faith Week website: www.interfaithweek.org/map
7. For further information about Inter Faith Week contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7730 0410.
8. Sunday 27 November will be Mitzvah Day (www.mitzvahday.org.uk) - a Jewish-led day of social action involving people of all faiths and none working together in their local communities. Many events are being jointly held to mark both Inter Faith Week and Mitzvah Day and these will form a part of Inter Faith Week.
9. The Inter Faith Network for the UK was founded in 1987. Its vision is of "a society where there is understanding of the diversity and richness of the faith communities in the UK and the contribution that they make; and where we live and work together with mutual respect and shared commitment to the common good." It is a linking and umbrella organisation with member organisations including national faith community representative bodies; national, regional and local inter faith organisations; and educational and academic bodies with a focus on in inter faith or multi-faith issues. Its Co-Chairs are the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE and Vivian Wineman.
10. The work of IFN is supported by faith communities, the Department for Communities and Local Government, trusts, other donors.