Letter from the Chairman

Please scroll down for the latest newsletter from the Chair Reverend Peter Slocombe, IMG_0795pictured right joining in the Oxford Interfaith Walk last year.

Dear Members and Friends,

This year has seen a new committee elected with Jewish and Muslim members as well as Bahai and Christian.  We have been very  grateful to the Global Footsteps Café for providing a meeting place for the committee and plans are moving forward for the next few months with an interesting programme.

Following a meeting at which CIF was addressed by a Vice Chairman of the National Interfaith Network, who is also in the leadership of Warwick Interfaith, we are looking at ways in which we can develop links with the local Borough Council.  We are now expecting a representative of Cheltenham Council to join our committee.  We see from the good practice at Warwick how important it is that an interfaith group works with local community initiatives and look forward to some joint activities with the Council’s Cheltenham ‘Together’ Group.

Future talks will include one from Revd David Godwin, a college classmate of mine on his book  ‘Proud Scars – Reflection of a Jewish Christian’  David’s family perished in a German concentration camp.  David is a former Chaplain of Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals and has been invited to speak to CIF this Autumn.

We will also have a  talk on Interfaith relations and security relations from one of our local police officers and there will be an invitation to share in a local celebration of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.

Planning has begun for the celebration of National Interfaith Week in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Borough Council.  It will be from 7.00pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday 15th November, the venue will be Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.  Topic: ‘The Search for the Meaning of Life – where and how to find meaning in life’

Fr Peter Slocombe Chair Cheltenham InterFaith




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