Scottish Interfaith Week 2015

Scottish Interfaith week is taking place from the 22nd – 30th November 2015. The theme is Care for the Environment. With the Climate Change Summit taking place in Paris in December, we thought it would be good to focus on what faiths have to say about caring for the environment and protecting it for future generations.

To find out what is going on in Glasgow check out the listings below. Please send any new event listings to Lynnda at

Not all events are open to the public, so please check the details.

Interfaith Glasgow Events


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Sunday 29th November. 14:00 – 16:30. Hillhead Primary School

This year our annual Interfaith Week Family Fun Day will take place on the 29th November (2-4:30pm) 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.

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 Arabic calligraphy or sculpting plasticine Buddha statues, to making a string of Baha’i prayer beads or Christingle oranges!   A unique occasion not to be missed – all the family welcome!



Interfaith Glasgow Scriptural Reasoning Event

Wednesday 25th November. 6pm – 8.30pm. Townhead Village Hall, 60 St Mungo Avenue, Glasgow G4 0PL

Scriptural Reasoning is a method of interfaith dialogue where people come together to discuss passages from different scriptures.  The goal is not necessarily agreement, but mutual understanding between participants.   Building on the success of our recent Scriptural Reasoning event which opened up this dialogue practice – usually restricted to Christians, Jews, and Muslims – to people of all faiths and none, we are again hosting an ‘open to all’ Scriptural Reasoning event to mark Scottish Interfaith Week.

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 open to all (religious or secular) but registration is essential.  IMG_0885


For more information, or to book your place, please contact Lynnda Wardle on





South East Glasgow Interfaith Community Meal

Monday 30 November. Pollokshields Parish Church

This community meal will be jointly hosted by the Christian community at Pollokshields Parish Church and the Muslim community at Madrasa Taleem ul Islam and will take the Interfaith Week theme of ‘Care for the Environment’ as its theme.  People from different religious backgrounds will have the opportunity to enjoy good food and good conversation with their neighbours from diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds, so as to break down barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding and build friendships across religious boundaries in the South East.

This event is by invitation only.



Glasgow Gurdwara Tours 

Monday  23rd November.  12-12.30 or 3-3.30pm.  Glasgow Gurdwara, 37 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE 

In April 2013, the Scottish Sikh community opened Scotland’s first purpose-built Sikh Gurdwara.  Situated in multicultural Pollokshields, the Gurdwara has the capacity to accommodate 1,500 worshippers and acts as a cultural, educational, and religious hub for Sikhs and the wider community.  Glasgow Gurdwara and Interfaith Glasgow invite you to take a guided tour of this stunning Sikh place of worship.  These free guided tours are open to people of all faiths and none.

Registration is essential.  Please register with Kemal:

Other Glasgow Interfaith Events

Meet Your Muslim Neighbour: Federation of Student Islamic Societies

Saturday 21st November. 12-5 pm.  Al Furquan Mosque, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

(Part of Islamaphobia Awareness Month 2015)Interfaith scotland event

A free Interactive exhibition – in order to love one another, we need to understand each other to help defeat misconceptions.


FREE entry & Open to all.

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Shailaa M: 07454602802.

Men’s Wellbeing Retreat at Finn’s Place

Sunday 22 November. 2:00 – 4:30 pm. Finn’s Place, Langside Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow, G42 9QU
Cost: £15 / £10 concessions

Sunday afternoons of Capacitar, yoga, mindfulness, sound and other wellbeing practices.
Led by Susan McLachlan and others

Note: This session is for men only

To book: Call us on: 0141 632 7520 or  Email us at:

Heavenly Creatures: Relax and Create

Sunday 22nd NovemberSt Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle St, Glasgow G4 0RH

Sculptured angels from paper – An informal and accessible art and crafts programme for adults. Explore your creative side at these fun workshops!

FREE but ticketed. Tickets obtainable here:

Exploring the God Question 

(Presented by West End ACTS)

Sunday 22nd November.  2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Hillhead Baptist Church, Cresswell Street, Glasgow, G12 8AG

This event presents the acclaimed series of three  films looking at Science, God and the Search for Truth in which theists and atheists explore the big questions about Science, God and the Universe. This event will include the screening of Episode 1: The Cosmos which provides an opportunity to explore the biggest issues of all; in this instance: Does Science leave space for God? Could our universe have invented itself?

The afternoon will take the form of two halves, each centred around the showing of a 30-min DVD, with tea or coffee in the interval. Discussions of the DVDs will be led by Dr Robin Green (University of Glasgow, Physics and Astronomy, retired).

Free and open to all


Launch of Migrant Help Pastoral Care Chaplaincy in Glasgow

23rd November.  4:00pm. Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow

Vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers will be able to receive emotional and spiritual support when Migrant Help launches the latest of its multi-faith chaplaincies in Glasgow during Scottish Interfaith Week on November 23. Migrant Help is a UK-wide charity that offers support, guidance and accommodation to migrants and asylum seekers. The success of the first two Migrant Help chaplaincy teams, which opened with 17 workers in south London in February, has led to the scheme being rolled out across the UK.

Teams are drawn from sessional workers in local communities who operate on a rota basis offering pastoral support to anyone, whether religious or not. Glasgow will have a team of seven which will include: Baptist, Baha’i, Humanist, Jewish and Muslim. Chaplains can offer faith-based support, either personally or via a colleague, but their primary purpose is simply to be supportive. There is no attempt at conversion to or from any faith.

Cliff Cohen, Migrant Help’s pastoral care co-ordinator, said: “The launch of the Glasgow chaplaincy at the start of Scottish Interfaith Week sends out a much-needed message that, whatever is happening elsewhere in the world, here in Scotland we celebrate the variety of faiths and work together to help the vulnerable and to promote the cause of goodness in the world.”

See the full Press Release here: Press Release Migrant Help – Glasgow launch.

If you would like to know more about the chaplaincy scheme or to apply to be a chaplain contact


Glasgow Women of Faith and Community

Monday 23rd November. 9.30 – 11.30am.  Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Join us for a women’s dialogue and a tour of the plants at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow. Frances Hume, Development Officer at Interfaith Scotland, will introduce us to the theme of Scottish Interfaith Week, ‘Care for the Environment’. Louise Bustard, Education Officer for the Botanic Gardens, will take us on a tour of the plants providing a history of their use in different cultures. This will be followed by tea and coffee in the Botanic Gardens Tearoom.

For more information contact  M: 07810114547



 Calligraphy Workshop 

24 November. 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Finn’s Place, Langside Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow, G42 9QU

All welcome, £7.00 (£5.00 concession).

Using texts from different faiths, explore the art of calligraphy. For more information or to book Call us on: 0141 632 7520 or  Email us at:


Multi-faith Discussion of BBC Charter

26th November. 1:00 – 3:00 pm. BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA

The BBC Charter is currently under review and the BBC Trust is seeking responses from the public and from the industry on the future shape and direction of the organisation. Coverage of religious, ethical and moral issues is an important part of the BBC’s offer to audiences and they would like to hear your views on what the BBC – a particularly BBC Scotland – should look to provide audiences over the course of the next decade. The event is invitation only to members, associate members and friends of Interfaith Scotland. A light buffet lunch will be served at 1pm.

If you wish to attend please email Sharon Cannon at  or call 0141 422 6062.



DIWALI Celebration – Hindu Temple

26 November. 11:30 – 2:30 pm.  Hindu Temple, 1 La Bella Place, G3 7LH
Meet at the door –  places limited to 10 so book early!

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
Join us for a Diwali celebration with
  • Stage performances
  • Speeches
  • Vegetarian Lunch
If you would like to join us, please book by emailing:



Caring for Creation Muslim/ Christian Dialogue with Muslim Youth League

Thursday 26th November, 7.30 pm at The Well, 42-44 Albert Road, Glasgow, G42 8DNinterfaith dialogue

A dialogue between people of Muslim and Christian Faith around the theme of Interfaith Week “Caring for the Creation”.

Talks will be delivered by:Shaykh Rehan Raza Al-Azhari  and Father Peter Duncan. Followed by a Q & A and discussion aroundthe theme. Light refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there!


Challenging Sectarianism across the Generations

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(Presented by WSREC and Open Aye)

What does sectarianism mean to young people in Maryhill?How does it affect their lives, their community and the wider world?

A new exhibition by 12 young people from in and around Maryhill


FREE but places are limited – please contact Monique to book you place:


Buddhist Interfaith Meditation

Friday 27th November. 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Kagyu Samye Dzong, 7 Ashley Street, Glasgow

Interfaith meditation and Soupome and join us for our regular interfaith meditation which takes place on the last Friday of the month from 4 – 5pm. Please note that the session is not a drop-in so please come for 4pm if you would like to participate.

This event will be followed by the Interfaith Community ‘Soup and Bread’ event listed below.  Why not stay on for a bite to eat?

Free and Open to all




Interfaith Community ‘Soup and Bread’*

27th November. 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm. Kagyu Samye Dzong, 7 Ashley Street, Glasgow,  G3 6DR

Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist community invite you to join them for a community get together over soup and bread.  Supported by Woodlands Community Garden, vegetable soup will be provided.

Since bread plays a significant role in many traditions, we ask you to bring along some bread to share, prepared in the tradition familiar to you (bought or homemade).  We will discuss the significance of bread in different religious traditions.  This event is open to people of all faiths and none.

Please RSVP to Barbara Douglas:

* NB:  This event follows the ‘Interfaith Meditation’ event (listed above) at the same location.  Why not go along to both?



IMG_1123Carbon Conversations Taster Session

28 November. 6-7:30 pm. Andalus Mosque,  211 New City Road, G4 9PA

Carbon Conversations Groups offer a supportive group experience that helps people halve their personal carbon footprint.  They deal with the difficulties of change by connecting to values, emotions and identity. The groups are based on a psychological understanding of how people change.

Groups of 6-8 members meet with trained facilitators in homes, community centres, workplaces or other venues. The 6 meetings create a non-judgmental atmosphere where people are encouraged to make serious lifestyle changes.

Join us as an experienced Carbon Conversations facilitator explains more about the programme and how it can change your  efforts to live a ‘greener’ life and what that might mean for you and your community. Event booking information here.

FREE & Open to all.

Contact  Kawther for more information or to book a place

Islam and the Environment exhibition

Friday 27 November 2015. Strathclyde University Chaplaincy Centre, level 2 Graham Building5 – 7:30 pm
Speaker: Dr Haroon Junaidi, PhD renewable energy

5pmExhibition open for viewing – 6pm – Presentation
Followed by refreshments and networking
7.30pm – Close

Brahma Kumaris Event: Faith and  Care  for the Environment: an Interfaith Panel Discussion

Saturday 28th November 2:30pm to 4:00 pm. InnerSpace Glasgow, 277 High Street G4 0QS photo 3

Free entry and ALL Welcome

Questions like ‘What is your understanding of caring for the environment’, and, ’ What do you understand to be God’s role in caring for the environment?’ will be discussed. Come along and be prepared to be engaged by dynamic debate.

A panel discussion for Interfaith Week Event with Shagufta Ahmed (Muslim), Lyanne Mitchell (Unitarian), Rose Goodenough (Brahma Kumaris)




Refugees Welcome: An Evening of Reflection, Stories and Hope

28th November. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.St Mary’s Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road,  G4 9JB

Please join us for an evening to reflect on the current refugee crisis and what people of faith in Glasgow might be able to do to help. An evening for people of any faith or none. For more information please contact Revrend Blakey at St Mary’s Cathedral.

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Hindu Temple of Scotland:  Interfaith Prayer and Lunch

29th November. 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Hindu Temple of Scotland, 76 Hamilton Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow, G73 3DQ

There will be a special prayer for Scottish Interfaith Week and a South Indian Lunch will be served after the prayer. To confirm attendance please contact Mr Jagannathan:


Common Ground Seminar

6:30 pm Saturday 28th November – 4pm Sunday 29th November. Conforti Institute, Coatbridge

Common groundRepresentatives of Scottish humanists and faith groups will gather for a dialogue event to explore common ground on the environment. Residential accommodation available. Please contact Maureen Sier for more details




Strathclyde University events & Interfaith Exhibition  

 23rd-27th November, McCance Foyer by Strathclyde Faith Societies

Always wanted to know more about religion and faith? Come, drop by, and find out more about faith societies at Strathclyde University.



Strathclyde University Sikh Society Interfaith Event

Thu 26th Nov. Chaplaincy Centre, Level 2, Graham Hills Building. 50 George Street, G1 1QE

Do you want to learn more about the Sikh faith and Sikhs’ contribution to Scotland? Then come along to Strathclyde University Sikh Society’s Interfaith Event to try some delicious Punjabi food, meet new people and learn about Sikhism!

Limited places, so please confirm your attendance by emailing us at:


Interfaith Service Celebrating St. Andrews Day in a Multi-faith Scotland

Sunday 29th November.11am – 12pm followed by refreshments. Cathcart Old Parish Church, 119, Carmunnock Road, G44 5UW

Everyone from all faiths and none are welcome to an interfaith service celebrating St Andrews Day. Refreshments will be served after the service at 12.15.

Interfaith Dinner hosted by Strathclyde University Chaplaincy

2 December 2015: 6pm – 8pm. Aroma Café (Lord Todd building – click her for directions:

Join us for our annual informal dinner, gathering people of different faiths and none to learn from each other and make connections in a relaxed, social environment. Make new connections and acquaintances while enjoying dinner and take the opportunity to discuss your beliefs with others and learn about theirs.

The dinner is FREE. Please register with SUMSA


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Heavenly Creatures: Angels in Faith History and Popular Culture

2 October 2015 -17 April 2016.  St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle St, Glasgow G4 0RH

Angels are represented all around us. Why do they fascinate us? This beautiful, FREE exhibition features objects from around the world, including paintings, sculpture, stained glass and multi-media displays.  You’ll find a statue of Chapungo man, who protects the Shona people of Zimbabwe; the mountain spirit Aya Hama from Ecuador; angels from Greek and Egyptian cultures; an icon of Gabriel who appears in  Jewish, Christian, and Muslim tradition; a tattooed angel; and even the Weeping Angel from Doctor Who!

There is also an introductory film where representatives from several faiths talk about angels and what they mean to them personally.  We also have a full programme of talks, tours and Angel related film screenings

For more information call: 0141 276 1629



‘Tree Stories: a Learning Resource’  –  Libraries Launch 

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Forestry Commission Scotland and Glasgow Life are pleased to announce that in celebration of Interfaith Week’s ‘Care for the Environment’ theme, from Scottish Interfaith Week onwards, ‘Tree Stories’ will be available in local libraries across Glasgow.

“The Tree Stories were created over a year and inspired by Highland Perthshire’s beautiful fauna and flora. Each story was created during the month with which its tree is linked in folklore”. 


Various traditions are explored in the book, which will be free to borrow on presentation of a Glasgow Library Card.  It is also available in PDF here:$FILE/fcms128.pdf