We are working a number of different initiatives across Glasgow including the following:
Our Weekend Club initiative is an interfaith response to the social isolation experienced by refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants in Glasgow, especially over the weekend. This exciting project also addresses the need for opportunities for newcomers to get to know Glasgow; to better understand Scottish culture, history, and values; and improve their English in fun and relaxed settings.
All our activities and events are delivered by a team of volunteers from different religion and belief backgrounds alongside Weekend Club Project office, Mohamed Omar.
So far our events have included activities as diverse as a day trip to New Lanark; shortbread-making; a virtual tour of Glasgow’s art galleries and museums, complete with an introduction to ‘Glasgae’ slang; workshops covering the history of migration to Scotland and the history of knitting; a fun introduction to some of the key figures of Scottish history; a trip to Glasgow’s annual Christmas market; and a Burn’s Night celebration in which participants learned how the bagpipes are played, sampled ‘neeps and tatties’, and learned to ceilidh.
All Weekend Club events are free and there’s free food to boot!
Participants have come from numerous countries, including: Algeria, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria, Palestine, Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Libya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
So if you’re a refugee, asylum seeker, or new migrant, why not come along and meet the world! To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you would like to make a donation to the Weekend Club or offer free event space, wish to join the volunteer organising group or have ideas, skills, or venues you think might be useful to this venture, please contact Mohamed Omar: email@example.com
Interfaith dialogue focused on extracts of scripture
In May 2014 we held an event introducing people to this method of interfaith dialogue which has proved very popular around the world. Scriptural Reasoning involves people coming together in small groups to read extracts of scripture together in an informal, friendly setting in order to build interfaith understanding and friendships. For more info see www.scripturalreasoning.org
The response was overwhelmingly positive and we now have a regular group of Christian, Jews and Muslims that meet every 6 weeks, rotating around different places of worship in Glasgow. Following the success of this initial group, we have run an event ‘Sharing your Scriptures’ which widened the participation to included people of different faiths and none (Buddhist, Sikhs and Humanists).
In November 2015 the Cambridge Interfaith team visited our regular scriptural reasoning group and delivered a training on the practice of conciliating scriptural reasoning groups. Those who attended felt that this session added to their skills and confidence in facilitating a scriptural; reasoning group in the future.
As part of Interfaith week 2015, Interfaith Glasgow is hosting another Scriptural Reasoning event which will be open to people of many faiths and none. This event will take the Interfaith Week theme: ‘Care for the Environment’. Following a free vegetarian buffet, we will discuss texts from two different religious traditions, which will help us explore different perspectives on our relationship to the environment. The event is free and open to all (religious or secular) but is ticketed.Please contact Lynnda if you are interested in participating or would like more information.
“When I first saw the readings for the session, they seemed very short and I wondered whether we could fill a whole session discussing them – there didn’t seem much to say at first glance! But I was wrong… once we started to really look at the texts and listen to each other’s interpretations; there was more than enough food for thought. I’ve gained a fascinating insight into Christianity and Islam from these reasoning sessions – having a concrete starting point gives a great basis for beginning to appreciate the true differences between the traditions that don’t always come out in general conversation at purely social interfaith meetings. There is a much greater chance to see what really matters to people about their faith.”
Working in partnership with Faith in Community Scotland’s Transformation Team we support the Interfaith Food Justice Network to create opportunities for networking, collaboration, and sharing of best practice between diverse religious and non-religious groups in Glasgow who work in the area of food justice.
The Interfaith Food Justice Network is a growing movement of over thirty local groups and organisations in and around Glasgow working at the forefront of tackling food poverty. Coming from diverse backgrounds, they seek to support each other’s work in their shared goal of food justice for all. Those involved include Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Humanists and many non-religious people — and all involved in this important work are welcome. The Network invites organisations and individuals to sign the Food Justice Declaration (bit.do/foodjustice) and commit to joining us in working toward food security for all people in Scotland. Check out the network’s facebook page here.
See the work done as part of of our Interfaith Volunteer Swap.
If you are working in this area and would like to get involved, please contact Magdalen Lambkin: firstname.lastname@example.org