Young people and Youth Groups
Inter Faith Week is a fantastic platform for those wanting to highlight diversity, inclusion, equality and respectful engagement and is for those of non-religious as well as religious beliefs.
Below are some ideas for Inter Faith Week. These draw on successful activities held by Youth Groups in recent times. Most can be adapted, if needed, to be fully or partly virtual.
- Use social media posts to highlight your organisation’s own commitment to diversity and inclusion. If you are a faith-based organisation, highlight how your faith inspires service to the wider communityArrange an inter faith project with volunteering to help people in your local community
- Run an Inter Faith Week Buddies scheme
- Go on a guided walk and visit two or more different local places of worship
- Hold an online art, music or poetry competition with an Inter Faith Week theme
- Create an exhibition about different faiths and beliefs
- Explore what part faith or belief has played in the lives of some of the key people in the history of your organisation – and its activity today.
- Team up with your local authority and members of different faith communities to organise a ‘community clean up’ of a local park
- Hold a quiz with thematic rounds on topics such as ‘festivals’, ‘food’ or ‘places of worship’
- Host a ‘Speed-Faithing’ event
- Show a movie with a religion/belief dimension and hold a conversation afterwards
Photo: West Midlands Youth Interfaith Hub in 2021
Connect: A youth inter faith action guide was published by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, which leads on Inter Faith Week, in 2018. The guide is packed with ideas for inter faith acitivities, information about how to plan, run and evaluate these, examples of the wide variety of creative and engaging ways that groups are already building good inter faith relations, and links to other sources of useful information. Many of the planning tips and information about dialogue activities will still be relevant for online activities this year.
Published 8 August 2022