On the last day of Interfaith Week 2013 in Scotland, Interfaith Glasgow held an “Interfaith Family Fair” in St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Members from 10 faith and belief traditions hosted stalls on their faith, inviting those who attended to look at objects, taste a little food from their tradition and most of all to speak to one and other and ask questions.
Click on the video above to see what it was like!
Children and adults enjoyed henna, face-painting, Arabic art, making their own mini Zen gardens, and a Treasure Trail that took them around some of the religious artefacts in the Museum. The event was brought to a joyful close by the wonderful fashion show and dancing of the Maryhill Integration Network dancers, who’s mix of cultural costumes, dance styles and music illustrated so well why Glasgow’s diversity is worth celebrating.
This event brought together over 150 people from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and religions and that would not have been possible without the hard work of a group of six volunteers who came together over a period of 3 months to plan, advertise and deliver the event. They were an interfaith group themselves, coming from Hindu, Pagan, Muslim, Latter Day Saints and Christian traditions. Here are some of their reflections on the experience:
“God loves us all equally and like any good parent wishes to see us all come together in harmony and live and play together with fun and enjoyment. The Family Fair symbolised that very concept as all who entered in enjoyed the experience as one.”
Alan McGlashan (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
“The event has left a mark in the minds of the various communities and has brought interfaith engagement closer to their hearts.”
Madhumita Roy (Hindu)
“It was great to bring different faiths and people from different cultures under one roof. I saw that all the people were very happy and passionate.”
“The success of the interfaith event was uplifting and heart-warming as the community came together to celebrate and learn about each other’s faiths. .. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event, well done team!”
Hala Ousta (Muslim)
Our thanks goes to all of our volunteers and stallholders who supported this event and also the staff at St Mungos for their support on the day and to Dr S Multani and Alan McGlashan for their support with photography. Finally we would like to thank our funders at the Scottish Government and the Forestry Commission Scotland for providing sponsorship.
For more pictures from the day see our facebook album.