Thanks to Nicola for reminding us that Interfaith Week is coming up soon (Sun 13 - Sun 20 Nov). The aims of the Week are:
• Strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels
• Increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
• Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs
It is really helpful to share ideas & experiences regarding Interfaith.
Perhaps some of you are already involved or would like to be.
Any thoughts on this?
I’d love to be more involved in Interfaith work but our local Interfaith Council seems to be dominated by stuffy Muslims. When I suggested that we put on some fundraising dances (as the Council is short of money) I was told by the recently replaced Chairman that we couldn’t have any such events “Because of Muslim women”. I felt like putting on my own event and inviting the local Ismailis, who generally love to dance. The only churches involved in this Council are the Unitarians, the Quakers and the Roman Catholics from our cathedral.
Needless to say, opposition to dances is now waning, probably with the Council’s bank balance.
We’re having an interfaith day at Almeley Quaker Meeting House in Herefordshire on 6th May. It’s being organised by Buddhists, Sufis, Bahis and Quakers and involves Catholics and Anglicans along with others. Chris at Ledbury - might you be interested?
Thanks for the invitation, Brian. I’ve always been fascinated by the existence of a Quaker Meeting House in Almeley and hope to visit one day. For anyone less familiar with the community and its historic building, click on the link below.
The Almeley Interfaith Day sounds a great idea. I’m not sure if I can make it on the day but wish you well. It’s heartening to discover that there are others interested in PCN in Herefordshire.
As you may already know, I tried using the forum to encourage local/online participation last year but sadly this attracted little interest. I think it’s partly why the Trustees decided to place a greater emphasis on social media such as Twitter & Facebook instead.
Although I’ve now let my membership lapse, I still read Andy’s posts on the website and have witnessed a real surge in activity on the PCN Facebook page. Perhaps this era’s progressive pioneers are building communities in virtual ‘Meeting Houses’! If so, perhaps I’ll rejoin PCN and we may well meet online again.
All the best from Ledbury.