Higher and Further Education

Inter Faith Week is a fantastic platform for encouraging understanding and cooperation between students of different religious and non-religious backgrounds

Each year, chaplaincies and student-led societies play a hugely important part in Inter Faith Week, marking it in a wide variety of creative ways.

At this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, the Week will have a strong virtual component.  Just a few ideas that you may be interested to consider:

  • Curate a virtual ‘faith and belief festival’, featuring examples of music, dance, arts and design from different faith communities on campus
  • Arrange a walking trail visiting local places of worship that small groups can follow at different times during the Week (or a virtual faith trail!)
  • Hold a discussion about a particular issue such as perspectives on mental health; food poverty; or Black Lives Matter with different faith and belief perspectives
  • Invite contributors from different local faith communities to talk about some of the ways they serve others, perhaps including how they have volunteered to help the vulnerable in the community during COVID19
  • Faith and belief societies could invite non-members to observe their usual meetings/ services/ prayers and provide time for Q&A afterwards (this could be done virtually or in person)
  • Set up an 'Inter Faith Week Buddy' experience
  • Put together an exhibition stand about different faiths and beliefs on campus and also put this online, with short videos of a number of students of different backgrounds talking about why their faith or belief matters to them and how it contributes to the wellbeing of society
  • Arrange a series of watch parties with movies with a particular religion/belief dimension and then host a conversation afterwards
  • Arrange a series of multi faith cooking sessions where a group from different backgrounds learn to cook a different dish from one another’s communities
  • Host a ‘Speed-Faithing’ event using Zoom break out rooms
  • If it is possible, visit two or more different local places of worship (by prior arrangement)
  • The last day of Inter Faith Week is also Mitzvah Day. Each year, many ‘Inter Faith Mitzvah Day’ activities take place to jointly mark Inter Faith Week and Mitzvah Day with a focus on volunteering to make a difference to your local community.  You might be interested to hold an event which involves socially distanced volunteering.

Tips and guidance on holding inter faith activities, including guidance for hosting dialogue sessions, can be found in Let's Talk: Practical pointers for inter faith dialogue and Connect: a youth inter faith action guideboth published by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, which leads Inter Faith Week.

Photo: Students at West Thames College taking part in Inter Faith Week 2019

Published 21 September 2020

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