It was decided that Inter Faith Week 2016 would begin on Remembrance Sunday, encouraging people of different backgrounds to mark it together.
It was decided that Inter Faith Week 2016 would begin on Remembrance Sunday, encouraging people of different backgrounds to mark it together. particularly at this time of commemorating the centenary of World War I, in which people of many faiths from the UK and what became the Commonwealth countries served.
A number of Inter Faith Week multi faith remembrance events took place, some in places of worship and at war memorials and in other public spaces. Many organisations were involved. There were also events that focused on particular aspects of remembrance, such as the historic contribution of minority ethnic soldiers.
Some of the multi faith remembrance events that took place during Inter Faith Week included:
- An event at St Barnabas’ Church, Walthamstow, entitled ‘Somme to Syria: Remembering Those Killed in War 1916-2016’. The event was a shared act of remembrance through music, song and spoken word by people of all faiths and none.
- A multi faith Remembrance Day service at the Gurdwara Gur Panth Parkash in Leicester. The event remembered those who lost their lives in the two World Wars, and included contributions from members of many cultures and beliefs. Langar, a free communal vegetarian meal available to all, as part of Sikh service to the community, was served following the service.
- A Scout and Guide Remembrance Commemoration at the Scout War Memorial in Birmingham. The event commemorated people of all races and faiths who have lost their lives or suffered injuries in the two world wars and the many conflicts since. The event included readings, the playing of the Last Post and the Laying of Wreaths.
- A Remembrance Day commemoration at the Cenotaph outside Halifax Minster, followed by a service of remembrance in the Minster itself. The service featured an inter faith dimension and participation.
- An inter faith Remembrance Day Service at Burnley Peace Gardens organised by the Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre, the Lancashire Forum of Faiths and the Lancashire Council of Mosques among others.
- ‘Remembrance Prayers for Peace’ at St John the Divine Church, Kennington. Prayers and readings from different faith traditions were heard and the event was followed by a participative session on living with loss. The service was organised by the South London Inter Faith Group and Faiths Together in Lambeth.
- A Remembrance of British Sikh, Muslim, Hindu and West Indian soldiers killed during the two world wars at the Brasshouse Centre in Smethwick which highlighted their contributions and celebrated their achievements with an act of unity and solidarity.
- A special event at the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow entitled ‘The Indian Soldiers – World War I Commemoration’ organised jointly by the Golden Tours Foundation and the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe. The event remembered and explored the contribution and sacrifice made by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people from the British Empire and Commonwealth Countries who served Great Britain during the First World War.
To see how Remembrance Sunday was marked during Scottish Interfaith Week, visit http://www.interfaithscotland.org/scottish-interfaith-week/.
Published 18 January 2017