Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest and most religiously diverse city – home to large and various Christian denominations and the biggest Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, and Hindu populations in Scotland, as well as smaller populations of Jews, Baha’is, and Pagans, for example.
Living in a religiously diverse society means that ongoing efforts must be made to foster mutual understanding and respect between people who believe and practice differently from each other. We must get to know people who are different from ourselves, rather than relying on our prejudices to inform us about our neighbours, and we must learn to share our civic space with each other, working constructively together to tackle joint problems, so as to create a better society for all.
At Interfaith Glasgow, our aim is to empower Glasgow’s diverse faith and belief communities to build relationships with each other, to raise awareness of their particular perspectives and needs, to grow in understanding of each other, and to cooperate with each other to address shared concerns. We seek to tackle prejudice and increase interfaith understanding, through projects which foster mutual learning, tolerance, and respect; and which equip people with the skills necessary to engage fruitfully with religious diversity.
As stated in our constitution, we aim to promote religious harmony, equality, and diversity; and to advance education through:
- increasing mutual understanding, harmony, and equality between people from different religious traditions and none by providing opportunities for mutual-learning, friendship-building, dialogue, and cooperation
- supporting and collaborating with other organisations, groups, and individuals whose activities foster positive interfaith engagement
- increasing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of religious diversity and interfaith activity
Our vision is of a society where people’s sense of community – our sense of who ‘we’ are – is broad enough to encompass religious and cultural diversity; where people from different religion and belief backgrounds feel comfortable with each other, know at least a little about each other’s traditions, and have opportunities to meet each other, engage in dialogue about the things that matter to them, and work together for the common good.
We believe that interfaith is for everyone and that includes non-religious people as well as religious people. We want to see a Glasgow – and a world – where everyone feels they belong.