Scottish Interfaith Week 2014

Scottish Interfaith Week 2014 will run from Sunday 23rd November to Sunday 30th of November 2014.  To find out what is going on in Glasgow check out the listings below.

All events are free, but not all are open to the public so please check the details.

Interfaith Glasgow Events

‘The F Word:  Images of Forgiveness’.

All week, Mon 24th – Fri 28th November.

In partnership with Glasgow City Council and Shawlands Academy, Interfaith Glasgow is bringing the ‘F Word’ exhibition to Glasgow, to be shown at Shawlands Academy for a week.  This exhibition, produces by The Forgiveness Project, is a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.  First launched in London in 2004, it has since been displayed in over 300 venues worldwide. Drawing together voices from South Africa, America, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland and England, the exhibition examines forgiveness as a healing process, a journey out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope.

Guest speakers Marian Partington and Kemal Pervanic will share their stories of forgiveness with school pupils from across Glasgow at 3 events where pupils will have a chance to view the exhibition and engage in discussion with one another.  These events follow a series of preparatory dialogues on faith and forgiveness with a group of pupils at Shawlands Academy.

An article based on an Interview with Marian Partington was published in the Sunday Herald in anticipation of these events – you can read it here.


Faith in Forgiveness

Tuesday 25 November6-8pm. Shawlands Academy.

A unique event featuring the critically acclaimed exhibition by The Forgiveness Project:  ‘The F Word: Images of Forgiveness’ (see above) and guest speaker Marian Partington.  Marian Partington is an author whose sister, Lucy, was murdered by Fred and Rosemary West in 1973. Drawing on the wisdom of the Quaker and Buddhist traditions Marian has used her experience of immense pain to positive effects, sharing her story with prisoners convicted of violent crimes in the hope of bringing transformation and healing. Marian’s memoir If You Sit Very Still was selected by Rowan Williams in 2012 as his book of the year.  Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss how forgiveness is understood from our various faith and belief perspectives.

Venue:  Shawlands Academy, 31 Moss-Side Rd, Glasgow, G41 3TR.  Places for this event are limited and registration is essential. For more information, please contact Magdalen:


Interfaith Family Fun Day

Sunday 30 November.  2-4.30pm.  Pollokshields Burgh Hall.

Time to celebrate!  Following the success of last year’s Interfaith Week Family Fare, this year Interfaith Glasgow has been working with a fantastic group of young people from different faith communities to bring you our 2014 Interfaith Week celebration.  We have 15 young people from six different religion and belief backgrounds who have been meeting together over several months to get to know each other and plan every aspect of this event.  On the day there will be engaging displays from a range of different faith communities to whom Glasgow is home, and images of the religious and non-religious role models our young people have chosen.  Activities will include face-painting, henna, calligraphy, and an interfaith wishing tree workshop.  Come along and meet your neighbours!  All welcome! See the facebook events page here.

For more information, please contact Harpreet:


South East Glasgow Community Meal

Wednesday 26 November.  6.30-8.30pm. The Hidden Gardens.

This community meal will be the first of a series of interfaith meals organised by Interfaith Glasgow in the South East of Glasgow.  The purpose of these meals is to bring together people from different places of worship in an informal, social setting, to get to know each other better.  Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information, please contact Kemal:


Other Interfaith Week events in Glasgow


‘Meet Your Neighbours’ Weekend at Al-Furqan Islamic Centre

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November11am-4pm.

Exhibition:  ‘The Celtic Crescent:  Islam, Muslims, and the Scots – Historical Links’, Mosque tour, presentations, informal chit-chat, Q&A.  Try on a Hijaab!  Take away a Qur’an!

Free entry.  Free refreshments.

Venue:  Al-Furqan Islamic Centre, 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow G4 9AJ (just three minutes walk from St George’s Cross Subway Station)

Tel: 07850 436971 / 0141 3311119



Towards a Christian – Shia Muslim Dialogue:

The Conversation Begins.

Monday 24 November.  7-9pm. 

This significant gathering of Shia Muslims and Christians (Church of Scotland, Catholic Church, and Scottish Episcopal) will begin building the foundations for future dialogue between Christians and Shia Muslims.  It will take place at The Trades House of Glasgow.  Attendance is by invitation only.

Service at Pollokshields Parish Church (with interfaith theme)

Wednesday 26th November.  9.45-10am  (followed by refreshments in the hall)

All are welcome to attend and to meet the staff of Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow

Venue: Pollokshields Parish Church, 525 Shields Road, G41 2RF.


Conversations in Faith.  Pondering the Word:  An Introduction to the Scriptures of Other Faiths:  Islam.  Qur’an.

 Wednesday 26 November.  7-9pm.

One of a series focusing on the Scriptures of world faith traditions.  Each session provides an opportunity to learn about the Scriptures of the faith in question, to hear what meaning they have for believers, to ponder a text in a silent and prayerful atmosphere, and to reflect on connections.

Coordinator: Sr Isabel Smyth

Presenters: Members of the particular faith traditions

Venue: Ignatian Spirituality Centre, 35 Scott St, Glasgow, G3 6PE (0141 354 0077);

Please call the Ignatian Spirituality Centre to register or receive more information about the series.

Interfaith Café 

Thursday 27 November.  2-4pm. University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre.

The Chaplaincy Team at the University of Strathclyde will be hosting an Interfaith Café event during Interfaith Week. The Interfaith Café is an opportunity for people, whether from a faith tradition or not, to learn more from people of different faiths. At the end of the conversations we’ll get to enjoy some food from various faith traditions. This event is open to students and staff of the University of Strathclyde.

Venue: University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Level 2, Graham Hills Building, 50 George Street.
Contact the Chaplaincy Team for further details:


GUTRSS Interfaith Event

Thursday 27 November.  2.15pmUniversity of Glasgow Chaplaincy.

This event is held by Glasgow University Theology and Religious Studies Society for people of different faiths and none to find out about each other, and about different faiths.  Participants will include AnglicanSoc, JewishSoc, MuslimSoc, HinduSoc and Krishna Conciousness Soc.  It will be a relaxed event with some refreshments.

Venue: Interfaith room, Glasgow University Chaplaincy.

For more info, contact:


‘Intelligent Design: Myth or Reality?’

Friday 28 November. 7 for 7.30pm – 9.30pm.  

Al’ Furqan Masjid Community hall.

An informative talk by Dr Alisdair Noble, Director, Centre for Intelligent Design (C4ID)

All welcome: people of all faiths and none.

Venue: Al’ Furqan Masjid Community hall. 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow. G4 9AJ


Environmental Wellbeing: A modern Challenge to All Faiths and Wider Secular Society

Friday 28 November2- 4pm.

An exploration of the spirituality and theology underpinning the duties and responsibilities of all citizens to the global environment.  A presentation and workshop by Mic Starbuck, BSc, MSc, FRSA, a facilitator of the Glasgow based, RSA Fellows Wellbeing Network.  All welcome especially those with an interest in interfaith development, spirituality and contemporary environmental issues.

Venue: The Boilerhouse, in the Hidden Gardens (access through the Tramway Theatre)

25 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE, adjacent to the A77 and Pollockshields East train station.

For more details contact Mic Starbuck at:


Interfaith Meditation

Friday 28th November. 3-5pm.

Members of Buddhist and Christian traditions will share about their different forms of meditation and will lead participants in a short guided meditation from their respective traditions.

All are very welcome.

Venue: Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 329 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3HW


Lighting the Way

Saturday 29th November.  1 – 3pm.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Drop in.

Discover the power of light as a religious symbol while making a cool Diwali, Hanukah or Christmas candle holder to take home.

All welcome!

Venue: St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH.

Places of Peace: An Event for Scottish Interfaith Week in 2014

Saturday 29th November.  2.30- 4pm.

InnerSpace meditation centre

A panel of speakers, from a variety of faith perspectives, sharing from the heart about Places of Peace:  a physical place visited, an experience of peace within …or both!

Shagufta Ahmed : Muslim

Rose Goodenough : Brahma Kumaris

Jenny Hickey : Buddhist

Noelle Ryan : Christian

Free of charge.  All Welcome!  Venue:  InnerSpace, 277 High Street, Glasgow, G4 0QS.

Please register online or by phone 0141 552 7446.

Organised by The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK)


Muslim Christian Couples Scotland (MCCS) Meeting.

Sunday 30 November.  2-5pm. 

Are you in a Muslim Christian relationship?  Then come along to our little party if you’d like to meet other mixed couples and families. We will be gathering to share some chat, food and drink and with face-painting and a bit of fun for the kids.  Anyone in a Muslim Christian relationship is welcome.

Please contact for information on the venue (not publicised for reasons of privacy and safety).