A Celebration of Inter Faith Week in Cheltenham

Thursday 17th November, 7pm at the University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Room TC007 (in the main reception building), The Park

The theme for Cheltenham’s main event to mark national Inter Faith Week this year is ‘People of Sanctuary’ and is an exploration of faith and the refugee crisis. The event is open to all and the aim is to bring together different faith and non faith communities and to strengthen good inter faith relations.

The evening will start with a multi cultural buffet, and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. During the evening we will consider experiences of arriving in Cheltenham as refugees; hear about work going on locally to support refugees and asylum seekers, and consider extracts from texts from different faiths that relate to the issue.  Donations of money are welcomed to support the work of charities supporting refugees.

Cheltenham Inter Faith, the University of Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Borough Council are working together to host the event and to raise awareness of Cheltenham’s different faith communities.

Peter Slocombe, chair of Cheltenham Inter Faith said: “Inter Faith Week gives everyone a chance to extend a hand of friendship and understanding. This is more relevant than ever this year as we explore faith in relation to very relevant issue of the refugee crisis”.

Jo Parkin, Chaplain for the University of Gloucestershire said: “We hope that this year’s event will be inspiring as we explore the theme of compassion and welcoming the stranger in different faith traditions.”

Helen Down, Participation and Engagement team leader from Cheltenham Borough Council said: “This is an opportunity for people of different beliefs to come together and to learn more about each other and to increase understanding. Everyone is welcome to join us”.

The aim is for faith and non faith communities to come together to celebrate and learn more about each other, in order to strengthen good inter faith relations and increase understanding between people of religious and non religious beliefs.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. For more details, please contact Helen Down on 01242 774960 or Jo Parkin on 01242 714593.


Interfaith Week 2016

Cheltenham synagogueThis year the Inter Faith Week is from Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th November

An open service will take place at the Synagogue on Friday 18th November.  This includes English translations and explanations.  Refreshments will follow the service and all are most welcome.


Youth Interfaith Event

Lambeth Palace

This interfaith Iftar (evening meal to break the Muslim Fast) took place at Lambeth Palace just after the referendum.  Lina, the daughter of Sarah Marr one of our committee members, is featured right behind the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended as a representative of the Baha’i community

Next to the Archbishop is Sadiq Khan, and on the right is the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis.



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