Interfaith Week 2016

Interfaith Week 2016

Interfaith Week 2016 will be held from 13th-20th November and the important theme of ‘Religion and the Media’ will form the basis of many of our discussions. This year Scottish Interfaith week is being held on the same dates as Interfaith Week in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (hence we are simply calling it Interfaith Week this year). If you would like to host an event and would like to chat to our team, please email us on or call  0141 558 0778

The Interfaith Network of the UK has a handy toolkit for putting on an event or activity during Interfaith week


Launch of Scottish Interfaith Week

13th November, Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, PA1 1JF,  2:15- 5:15 pm

Open to all. Keynote Speaker Cathy MacDonald. RSVP to Else Kek or cal 0141 558 0778


Interfaith Glasgow Launch; Monday 14th November, 10:30 – 12 noon, Glasgow City Chambersinterfaith-glasgow-logo

To celebrate our ‘coming of age’ as an independent charity and SCIO, we are holding a launch event at the City Chambers, hosted by the Lord Provost.

By invitation only



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Are you interested in or concerned about how religions and beliefs are portrayed in the media? Wednesday 16th November

Scottish Jewish Archive Centre, 129 Hill St, Garnethill, Glasgow, G3 6UB, 6:00 pm -8:30 pm


Would you like to share and learn with people from diverse religious and non-religious perspectives? 

As part of Scottish Interfaith Week people of any faith or belief background are invited to explore together media depictions of Atheism, Islam and Judaism and, in doing so, grow in their understanding of each other and of the impact the media can have on community relations.

This event will follow the basic format of a popular method of interfaith dialogue known as Scriptural Reasoning where equal time is spent exploring scriptural texts from different traditions on a common theme. In the place of scripture, however, will be extracts from media articles which portray Islam, Judaism and Atheism in ways that are problematic. Each article will be introduced by a person from the faith or belief concerned. This will be followed by small group discussion on that text, its accuracy and the effect it may have on people’s perception of others.

Free but booking required.Book your place on Eventbrite or email Magdalen



Launch of the Interfaith Food Justice Declaration

Thursday 17 November, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm, Glasgow Central Gurdwara 138 Berkeley St, Glasgow G3 7HY


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The Interfaith Food Justice Network is an informal grouping of various faith based groups in Glasgow and surrounding areas that are involved in emergency provision and support services to those at the sharp end of Food poverty and insecurity. The Network has around 40 organisations involved and is coordinated by Interfaith Glasgow and the Transformation Team.

At the last network meeting in April 2016 a joint declaration on Food justice was proposed and after discussion it was accepted by those network members present at the meeting.  At this meeting, the Declaration will be officially launched. If you would like to attend, or would like more information, please contact Kemal at

If you, or your organisation, would like to sign the declaration you can do so here:


Sharing Stories with Glasgow Museums

Friday November 18th, 9:30-11:00 am, Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS

Following the success of our Sharing Stories project with Glasgow Life, where 7 interfaith volunteers shared their personal stories of faith and belief with members of the Glasgow Life staff, we are now organising a new series of interfaith storytelling sessions with the staff of Glasgow Museums. The first of these will take place during Interfaith Week with the staff at the Riverside Museum.

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 Interfaith Glasgow Family Fun Day

Sunday 20th November 2:00 – 4:30 pm, Hillhead Primary School, 110 Otago St, Glasgow G12 8NS

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This year our annual Interfaith Week Family Fun Day will take place on the 20th November in Glasgow’s West End (the large hall at Hillhead Primary School, 110 Otago St, Glasgow G12 8NS).

As well as free food, face-painting, and henna, there’ll be a ‘Try-it-on’ stand where you’ll be able to try on a Muslim headscarf or a Sikh turban, while hearing about the significance of head-covering in these traditions. There will dancing, chess, singing and wonderful free food to enjoy.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about different religious traditions from members of those traditions, while engaging in fun activities from trying your hand at various interfaith craft activities.

A unique occasion not to be missed – all the family welcome!

If you would like more information please contact Kemal at










EKTA Group  – Elderly Care Forum  Diwali  and   Bhandi Choora celebration

14th November, Doors open at 1:00 pm, Giffnock Reformed Church, Next to Lizars Opticians, 163 Fenwick Road Glasgow , G46 6JB (Bus No 4 – 38 – 38E 38D)


Religion and the Media: Sharing the Story of Good Community Relations

Tuesday 15th November, Venue on request 7.30pm

Baha’i community interfaith dialogue event, on the theme of ‘Religion and the Media’. All welcome. For further information and to register interest contact:



Could Fasting Change the World? A conversation between Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other interfaith participants

Thursday 17 November, Andalus Mosque 211 New City Rd, G4 9PA (close to the St Georges Cross subway, street parking at the mosque) 19:00 pm – 21:00 pm

All are welcome to join in the conversation, share experience and advice about this ancient practice shared by people of many faiths. Booking not required. This is a free event organised by St Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow and their interfaith partners.

For more information contact Cedric Blakey on






Religion and the Media City of Glasgow College – A conference for Further Education Chaplains on the theme of ‘Religion and the Media’ ACTS – Action of Churches Together in Scotland

Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, Glasgow, G5 9XB (free parking at Dun Scotus on Thistle Street) 10am-4.30pm

Cost: £11.21

Booking via Eventbrite  or call Agnes Mullen -0131 240 2275


Church of the Latter Day saints Family Value Awards 2016 (by invitation only)

Hilton Glasgow, I William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT 7-10pm

The Scottish Family Values Awards is presented annually to individuals and organisations who make an outstanding contribution to children and the traditional family unit. This year two organisations and their founders will be honoured: – Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Founder and CEO of Marys Meals. – Maureen McIntyre, Founder of Educate the Kids. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Daryl Watson – Director of Public Affairs – Scotland – 07786038317



Bridge of Peace Event

19 November, Partick Burgh Hall, 9 Burgh Hall St, Glasgow G11 5LW. 3.30 pm – 5.30pm

Empowering women through leadership in the outdoors. The programme includes Crossing a peace bridge for friendship ceremony. Thespeaker will be the founder of “Backbone”, an environmental training organisation, for further information please refer to

Free and cultural snacks provided



Open Day at the Hindu Temple of Scotland

Sunday 20th Nov Hindu Temple of Scotland, 76 Hamilton Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow, G73 3DQ 11-2pm

Come and join us in a Hindu festival celebrating Lord Shiva Linga. There will be puja (worship) from 11am – 1pm and you are welcome to drop in at any time. An Indian vegetarian lunch will be served from 1.30 – 2pm. Hindu Temple of Scotland Mr Jagan Nathan 0141 584 9962/ 07795474627

FOR MAUREEN ELLIS FEATURE Michelle McManus visits the Hindu Temple of Scotland in Rutherglen after they won a Big Lunch Community Award. Lenny Warren / Warren Media 07860 830050 01355 229700 All images © Warren Media 2013. Free first use only for editorial in connection with the commissioning client's press-released story. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.






Find your voice – Meet the Producers at the BBC

23rd November; BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, 12 noon – 1.30 pm

Do you feel that you struggle to get stories heard?  Do you think there are voices and events missing which would be of interest to the wider public? BBC Scotland’s producers, who make the programmes, are interested in meeting you first hand to hear what’s important in your communities.

The event provides the opportunity to find out how best to get your stories heard, find out more about how the BBC works, hear what kind of content programme-makers are looking for in an open platform environment to share your ideas and each other’s contact details.

There event will be primarily focused on BBC Radio Scotland but there will also be people there from other production teams in Television and Online. Advance registration for the event is essential as places will be limited for capacity reasons so please email to express your interest in participating.




We will be attending …

To celebrate Inter Faith Week, the All Party Parliamentary Inter-Faith Group, with the Inter Faith Network for the UK, will be holding an event at the Houses of Parliament where the theme will be ‘Local inter faith initiatives’.  Short presentations will be made by groups from Glasgow, London and Manchester on their work, including such subjects as religious literacy, dialogue, social action, tackling prejudice and tensions, and supporting refugees.  A discussion on key issues for local inter faith engagement will follow.

The event will be held on Tuesday 15 November from 6:00pm to 7.15pm and invitations are being extended to Parliamentarians and faith and inter faith bodies.

If you would like to attend, please contact, by 8 November, Hannah Cassidy at the Inter Faith Network Office (, who can provide further details.