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This page contains a list of some of the inter faith events and activities taking place across the UK.

All events listed below are being held virtually, unless otherwise noted.

Sunday 17 October

Day of Compassion - Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group

Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group, which serves as Chaplain to the Mayor of Brighton, is organising a Day of Compassion on Sunday 17 October to honour the losses in Brighton and beyond resulting from the pandemic.  At the heart of the Day will be a Service of Compassion which will be held in the The Brighton Dome at 4pm. The Mayor, MPs and the people of Brighton & Hove will gather and share memories, music, narratives, films and uplifting thoughts. Tickets are free and can be booked at https://brightondome.org/event/28603/a_service_of_compassion/.  In other parts of the City other initiatives will take place: from 11am to 2pm, the Brighton Dome Foyer will provide a place for reflection with stalls from a variety of support, social and charity groups. Visitors to the town centre will also find peace and meditation opportunities in The Friends' Meeting House, an inspired workshop in the Fabrica Art Gallery in the morning, a Death Cafe and singing at The Unitarian Church... and there will also be an exhibition in support of the The Day of Compassion in the Jubilee Library from 11 to 24 October.

Monday 18 October

Interfaith Hand-in to No 10 - Green Faith

Green Faith is organising activities across the UK as part of Faiths 4 Climate Justice - A Global Multi-Religious Action on 17 and 18 October.  A list of these can be seen at https://greenfaith.org/faiths4climatejustice/. On Monday 18 October faith leaders will process to Number 10 Downing Street and deliver a collection of petitions from faith communities across the UK to the UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.  There will be moments to pause for prayer and reflection along the route.  The walk begins at 9.15am.  To register, visit https://greenfaith.controlshift.app/events/interfaith-hand-in-to-no-10.

Tuesday 19 October

Bring and Share Lunch - Interfaith Wolverhampton

Interfaith Wolverhampton is holding its next 'Bring and Share Lunch' online on Tuesday 19 October.  Mr Martin Gomberg will be speaking about the Jewish faith and its relationship with other faiths.  It is being held from 1pm to 2pm via Zoom.  For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 20 October

What makes us happy? - St Ethelburga’s Centre

St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconcililation and Peace is holding its next 'Outside the Echo Chamber' event on Wednesday 20 October.   Professor Brendan Kelly will be speaking about what it means to be happy and what we can do to increase our levels of happiness.  It is being held from 10.30am to 11.30am.  For more information contact Matt Croston on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 21 October

Scriptural Reasoning: Non-Violent Responses to Hatred - Interfaith Glasgow

Interfaith Glasgow is holding an event on Thursday 21 October to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week.  The event, 'Scriptural Reasoning: Non-Violent Responses to Hatred', will be an online dialogue event for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The speakers will be Carolyn Merry, Director of Place for Hope, Dr Sohaib Saeed, Muslim Scholar and Imam and Honorary Muslim Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh and Rabbi Dr Natan Levy, Head of Operations for Faiths Forum for London and Lecturer, Leo Baeck College.  It is being held from 6pm to 8.30pm. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scriptural-reasoning-non-violent-responses-to-hatred-tickets-179926704617.

Saturday 23 October

Sacred Song and Dance - Herefordshire InterFaith Group

Herefordshire InterFaith Group is holding a day of Sacred Song and Dance on Saturday 23 October from 3pm to 8pm at Kilpeck Village Hall.  This will be a day of sacred songs and circle dances inspired by the spiritual traditions of the world.  All are welcome and no experience is needed as the steps and songs are easy to pick up and will be simply explained.  For more information, and to book, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or telephone 01981 500764.

Sunday 24 October

Dialogue on Conceptions of the Divine - Cornwall Faith Forum and Kehillat Kernow

Cornwall Faith Forum and Kehillat Kernow are holding an event on Sunday 24 October on ‘Dialogue on Conceptions of the Divine’.  There will be four speakers from different faith communities during the event. It is being held from 2.30pm to 4.30pm as a hybrid event – both at Chacewater Village Hall and on Zoom.  There will be a second event soon with speakers from other faith communities. The events will form part of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage.  For more information, contact Rita Stephen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sunday 24 October

The history of interfaith dialogue through culture, art, literature and politics - B’nai B’rith UK

B'nai B'rith UK Jewish Heritage Days, in partnership with Jewish Renaissance, is holding a Panel Discussion on Sunday 24 October on 'The history of interfaith dialogue through culture, art, literature and politics'.  The discussion will be chaired by Dame Helen Hyde, and the panellists will be Aviva Dautch, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Tina Beattie and Syima Aslam.  The event begins at 8pm. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 07588 087324.

Sunday 24 October

Hope - Reading Interfaith Group

Reading Interfaith Group will be holding an event on Sunday 24 October celebrating the theme of ‘Hope’. Guest speakers will include: The Mayor of Reading Cllr David Stevens and Mayoress Alison Stevens; The Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading; and Nick Harborne CEO Reading Refugee Support Group.  There will also be performances by the Reading Universal Voices Childrens' Choir. It will be held at 3pm at Reading Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RS1 2SB.  Participants are invited to contribute to a Bring and Share Tea.  For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 25 October

Younghusband Lecture - World Congress of Faiths

The World Congress of Faiths will be holding its annual Younghusband Lecture at 6pm on Monday 25 October. It will be given by Dr Kishan Manocha, Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. Dr Manocha will take as his subject religion and international diplomacy.  For further information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 26 October

Meeting with Police Commander - Faiths Together in Lambeth

Faiths Together in Lambeth is holding its next meeting with Lambeth Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, on Tuesday 26 October.  This will be held from 2.30pm to 4pm.  For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 26 October

Quaker concepts of God - Shirley House Interfaith Centre Sheffield

Shirley House Interfaith Centre Sheffield is hosting a talk on Tuesday 26 October on 'Quaker concepts of God'. Fiona Lewin will talk about early Quaker concepts of God and about the foundation of the movement before talking about God in modern liberal Quaker meetings. The event begins at 7.30pm and is being held at St Andrews, Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL.  It is also hoped to offer a Zoom option to attend. For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or or 0114 267 8289.

Wednesday 27 October

If God didn’t invent Human Rights why should religious people support it? - Conversations Across Beliefs

Conversations Across Beliefs is holding the first in a series of conversations at 6pm on Wednesday 27 October.  The theme will be ‘If God didn’t invent Human Rights why should religious people support it?’.  This event is supported by Interfaith Scotland, the World Congress of Faiths, the All Faiths Network, the Inter Faith Council for Wales, Humanists UK and the International Association for Religious Freedom (British Chapter).  The speakers will be: Professor Vebjørn L. Horsfjord, Dr Husna Ahmad OBE, Dr Ramesh Pattni, Mr Andrew Copson and Dr Stephen Herman.  To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tGQihCurQOuip1JMPHux3A.

Wednesday 13 – Wednesday 27 October

Security for faith communities - CST, MOPAC and Faiths Forum for London

The Community Security Trust, the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Faiths Forum for London are holding a series of webinars about security for faith communities in October.  These include ‘Organising security’ on Wednesday 13 October (https://tinyurl.com/4c3xut6p), ‘Past terror attacks - lessons learned’ on Wednesday 20 October (https://tinyurl.com/5a7rk7pn) and ‘Basic security for places of worship’ on Wednesday 27 October (https://tinyurl.com/p9p2czvb).

Sunday 31 October

Safeguarding training for places of worship - Strengthening Faith Institutions

Strengthening Faith Institutions is running Basic Safeguarding Training for Places of Worship on Sunday 31 October.  The webinar runs from 10am to 1pm. For more information, and to register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fmgbiSwGSYekQF8sXMJ7Rg.

Tuesday 9 November

The Messiah and Messianism - Oxford Interfaith Forum and Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies

Oxford Interfaith Forum, is holding an event, co-hosted by the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, on Tuesday 9 November.  The topic wil be 'The Messiah and Messianism' and the speakers will be Dr Benjamin Sax, Jewish Scholar, Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD and Revd Dr John Goldingay, Oxford. The welcome address will be given by Ghanem Nuseibeh, Honorary Chair, Oxford Interfaith Forum and the Chair will be Dr Georgina Jardim, Senior Fellow, the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies.  It begins at 7.30pm.  For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sunday 14 November

The languages of Manchester’s Muslims and Jews - The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester is holding its next event on Sunday 14 November   The topic wil be 'The languages of Manchester’s Muslims and Jews'.  Yaron Matras served as Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester until 2020 and is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester and Honorary Professor at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics.  After briefly covering the wide diversity of languages spoken in Greater Manchester generally, he will focus on the languages of GM’s Muslims and Jews.  Professor Matras's talk will be followed by five-minute contributions from Jewish and Muslim speakers about their personal linguistic journey through life. The event begins at 7pm.   For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Wednesday 3 – Wednesday 24 November

Security for faith communities - CST, MOPAC, Faiths Forum for London and the Charity Commission

The Community Security Trust, the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Faiths Forum for London are holding a series of webinars about security for faith communities in November.  These include ‘Online security’ on Wednesday 3 November (https://tinyurl.com/uvcypv85), ‘Hate crime and your community’ on Wednesday 10 November (https://tinyurl.com/46v2vsz4), 'Trustee Duties and Security for Places of Worship' with the Charity Commission for England and Wales on Thursday 18 November (https://tinyurl.com/24n5jn46) and ‘Event security for your community’ on Wednesday 24 November (https://tinyurl.com/3ys2wb46).


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