National Events and Initiatives
‘National’ events took place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland along with events that reflected a UK-wide focus, such as the launches of a number of projects or parliamentary events.
Inter Faith Week is a programme of the Inter Faith Network for the UK. It leads on the Week, working with the Inter Faith Council for Wales and the Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum in relation to Wales and Northern Ireland.
‘National’ events took place in each of these three nations, along with events that reflected a UK-wide focus, such as the launches of a number of projects or parliamentary events.
Examples of national events and initiatives that took place or were launched during Inter Faith Week included:
- An event at the House of Lords held by the All-Party Parliamentary Inter faith Group with the Inter Faith Network for the UK. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate Inter Faith Week by hearing from local inter faith groups from London, Glasgow and Manchester about their work.
- An event in Westminster held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith in Society: ‘Faith in Local Government: Seeking Solutions for Community, Local Empowerment and Social Isolation. The event celebrated the Faith Covenant and the keynote speaker was Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
- An Inter faith Council for Wales event, ‘Youth and the Rising Generation’ featuring speakers from the Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints communities. The event was held at the Cardiff United Synagogue.
- A meeting of Executive members of the Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum with the Lord Mayor of Belfast in the Mayor’s Parlour at Belfast City Hall to mark Inter Faith Week.
- The launch, at the House of Lords, of a Joseph Interfaith Foundation project for young refugees aged 16-26: ‘Introduction to the Social Culture of Britain’. The project aims to offer support from various professional and religious bodies to help refugees integrate into the community and society in the UK. The event was attended by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Faith and Integration.
- The launch at Lambeth Palace of the ‘In Good Faith’ initiative by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi. The initiative, to run throughout 2017 and beyond, will aim to foster greater dialogue between priests and rabbis for the benefit of the communities they serve.
- Events during Inter Faith Week that celebrated the ‘Love Your Neighbour’ programme, launched in Birmingham in the summer of 2016. Events took place in Middlesbrough, and at Kings Norton School, Birmingham. The project aims to encourage people to participate in small acts of kindness to those of different faiths and backgrounds as well as to strangers and neighbours.
- A faith leaders’ meeting held at the Attorney General’s Office by HM Solicitor General Robert Buckland MP. The meeting discussed ways to tackle religiously motivated hate crime.
Scottish Interfaith Week is led by Interfaith Scotland. A special event was held to launch Scottish Interfaith Week at Paisley Town Hall, organised by Interfaith Scotland and hosted by East Renfrewshire Interfaith Group. Further information about Scottish Interfaith Week can be found at http://www.interfaithscotland.org/scottish-interfaith-week/.
Published 18 January 2017