Inter Faith Week provided a great opportunity for women of different faiths and beliefs to come together in different contexts to develop relationships and discuss matters of common concern.
Inter Faith Week also saw a range of women-led events and activities for women take place. These were run by local inter faith groups, inter faith organisations and faith communities and included dialogues, workshops and social action projects.
Examples of events included:
- Teachers and volunteers from the Jewish-Muslim women’s inter faith initiative Nisa Nashim coming together to cook meals in North London for the C4WS Homeless Project as part of Mitzvah Day and Inter Faith Week.
- An Inter Faith Week meeting of the weekly Women’s Interfaith Creativity Group at the University of Bradford, organised by the Interfaith Chaplaincy. The event encouraged conversation and creativity, and offered an opportunity to meet new people.
- A ‘Women’s Interfaith Workshop’ organised by the Redbridge Faith Forum. The event included discussion on the theme of ‘Praying: How? Why? When? To Whom?’, and attendees listened to a range of speakers.
- A ‘Day of Craft for Women’ at the Centre for Spirituality and Cultural Advancement in Feltham, West London, organised by Hounslow Friends of Faith. The day was spent making craft items in felt, and also provided an opportunity for dialogue and discussion.
- An event at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on the theme of ‘The Spiritual and the Secular – Challenges we face in Contemporary Society as People of Faith’, organised by the Women’s Federation for World Peace among others. The event allowed for discussion of the place of women of faith in contemporary society, as well as providing an opportunity to meet new people.
- A ‘Ladies Only Interfaith Dialogue’ at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London. The event included a tour of the mosque and a discussion on the theme of ‘What is the purpose of life and how to achieve it?’
- A panel discussion, led by young female leaders from different faith backgrounds, on gender based racism and discrimination, and how women can fight against this on campus, at Middlesex University Student Union.
- A special meeting of the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum Women’s Group to celebrate Inter Faith Week, share refreshments, and discuss the months ahead.
- A joint event held by women from All Saints Parish Church Wolverhampton and the Wolverhampton branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association at the Baitul Atta Mosque and Community Centre. This inter faith and community cohesion event celebrated tolerance and diversity, and allowed participants to discuss the role of women in modern society. There were addresses from keynote speakers, and an opportunity for further conversation over a shared meal.
To view the range of women’s activities that took place during Scottish Interfaith Week, visit http://www.interfaithscotland.org/scottish-interfaith-week/ .
Published 17 January 2017