After Stella’s death the Glasgow Sharing of Faiths group continued to meet for a number of years until it fell into a decline, perhaps attributable to the fact that many members of the major faith communities had diverted their energies to the establishment of the Scottish Inter Faith Council (now Interfaith Scotland), which came to fruition in 1999. While interfaith engagement in Glasgow continued, both through the work of Interfaith Scotland and of St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art (in partnership with the Churches Agency for Interfaith Relations in Scotland), it became increasingly clear that there was need for more strategic direction and local governance. A 2005 study entitled ‘Faith Communities and Local Government in Glasgow’ (Clegg and Rosie, 2005), for example, found “a significant lack of both structures which facilitate relationship, and actual contact, between faith communities, at local level” and noted that while “[f]aith communities have skills, capacity, and willingness to contribute to public life… [t]his is not always recognised or utilised”.
With such considerations in mind, a return to a more formal structure was proposed by the Rev. Donald Reid, who had worked with Edinburgh Interfaith Association and as Director of the Edinburgh Festival for Justice and Peace. He worked with Interfaith Scotland to secure Scottish Government funds for the creation of a new structure and increased opportunities for interfaith engagement in Glasgow. In October 2012, Dr Rose Drew was subsequently appointed as Project Manager, to establish this new structure, and she went on to become Interfaith Glasgow’s CEO when it became an independent charity in 2016.
Interfaith Glasgow seeks to continue the mission of Stella Reekie and all those who have worked to build understanding between people of all faiths and none, breaking down barriers and fostering friendship, dialogue, and cooperation.