National Holocaust Memorial Day Event Scotland

Edinburgh Interfaith Association

The Edinburgh Interfaith Association, on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, invites you to register for the official National Holocaust Memorial Day Event for Scotland to be held online on 26 January 2022 at 6pm. We will pay our respects to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and attempt to learns the lessons from humanity’s dark past.

The program will include contributions from Holocaust survivor Henry Wuga , Rwandan genocide survivor against the Tutsi Eric Eugene Murangwa, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison, and students from across Scotland and Rwanda.

The programme produced by the Edinburgh Interfaith Association will go out on the Edinburgh Interfaith Association YouTube channel.  Look out for the live link at Holocaust Memorial Day | EIFA Website 2021 (edinburghinterfaith.com)

Or register to receive the link to the programme emailed directly at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-holocaust-memorial-day-programme-scotland-streamed-online-registration-228269659697

World Interfaith Harmony Week 1st-7th Feb 2022

Dear friends

Interfaith Scotland is delighted to inform you that we are planning two events to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week which takes place from 1st – 7th February.

Protection of Mother Earth through Mindfulness and Prayer
Tuesday 1st February, 12.30 – 2.45pm, online webinar

Interfaith Scotland is working with Mindfulness for Earth and Faith for Earth to host this online webinar. Speakers from seven faiths will share what mindfulness and prayer means to them in the context of protecting the environment. Please see the attached poster for more details.

To book please email contact@mindfulness4earth.org . You will be sent the joining instructions for the webinar two weeks prior to the event.

Pilgrimage to Places of Worship
Thursday 3rd February, 11am – 4pm

Interfaith Scotland is working with Women of Faith and Community (Glasgow) and the Edinburgh Women’s Interfaith Group to host a visit to places of worship in the West End of Glasgow. The theme is ‘Stories of Hope from Women of Faith’. The event will be open to all and details for booking will be sent to you in the New Year. Please note if Covid restrictions do not allow the event to take place we will postpone to the Spring.

www.interfaithscotland.org

INTERFAITH SCOTLAND SUMMIT

previously posted on the home page

It was a great privilege to be part of the annual Interfaith Scotland summit here in Scotland, and on Zoom on this occasion when faith leaders from a wide range of religious communities had the opportunity to meet with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and a couple of her key colleagues, Mairi McAllan MSP, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Shona Robison MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government. All three spoke well and clearly value their links with faith communities. They had listened carefully to those who spoke on our behalf, including Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish and Bahai’i representatives. Time was short, just one hour, and presentations and conversation largely focussed on the effects of the pandemic and the importance of COP 26. It was good to see politics and faith in touch.

Blessings,

Paul

A call for safe, humane and dignified treatment of refugees and those seeking asylum

“Our globe is increasingly criss-crossed by journeys of people in often desperate pursuit of safety and sanctuary: adults and children in flight from war, tyranny, persecution and other evils or seeking a life free from extreme poverty, hunger and deprivation.

In a context where the UK and a number of other countries are looking at tightening borders and immigration laws, we call attention to the importance of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol and to observance of this. There will be differing views on particular policies and their implementation and the factors that have to be taken into account. In all cases, however, the response should aim to reflect the best of our humanity.

It is, at this time, for example, a matter of deep concern to us that a policy of ‘push back’ of boats in the channel has been adopted. Regardless of care taken in exercise of the policy, there would be significant dangers both to those ‘pushed back’ and to the Border Force personnel called upon to implement it. We call upon the Government to seek alternative approaches to deal with the crossings.

The Inter Faith Network for the UK has, since its inception, worked to promote good inter faith relations, including through raising awareness of the common ground of the different faith communities, such as fundamental values that are shared. Among these values are those such as justice and compassion and the fundamental principle of treating others as we would ourselves be treated: the ‘golden rule’.

Drawing on the common values at the heart of our different and distinct faith traditions we call for safe, humane and dignified treatment of refugees and those seeking asylum.”

THE FAITH COMMUNITIES FORUM
OF THE INTER FAITH NETWORK FOR THE UK
11 October 2021

NOTES
1. Media queries to the Inter Faith Network: email ifnet@interfaith.org.uk.
2. This statement can be found at http://interfaith.org.uk/resources/statements-and-messages and a copy of IFN’s statement making policy at https://www.interfaith.org.uk/uploads/Policy_on_making_of_statements.pdf.
3. The Inter Faith Network for the UK www.interfaith.org.uk was founded in 1987 to advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in Britain and to promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country. It works with its member bodies and others to carry out these aims.
4. Member bodies of the Inter Faith Network include: national faith community representative bodies; national, regional and local inter faith bodies; and academic institutions and educational bodies concerned with inter faith issues. A list of member bodies can be found at www.interfaith.org.uk/members.
5. IFN member National Faith Community Representative Bodies meet together as the Faith Communities Forum of IFN. More information can be found at https://www.interfaith.org.uk/about/faith-communities-forum.
6. The Act of Commitment, developed by the UK’s faith communities with IFN at the time of the Millennium, is one expression of key values held in common: https://www.interfaith.org.uk/resources/act-of-commitment.
7. Information about the 1951 UN Convention and its 1967 Protocol can be found at https://www.unhcr.org/uk/1951-refugee-convention.html.
8. The definition of a ‘refugee’ according to The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is: “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
9. In 2020 there were 29,815 applications for asylum in the UK (not including dependants). In the UK, a person becomes a refugee when government agrees that an individual who has applied for asylum meets the definition in the Refugee Convention.

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Scottish Interfaith Week – Together for Our Planet 31st Oct – 7th Nov 2021

Scottish Interfaith Week is taking place from 31st October – 7th November. This year the theme is ‘Together for Our Planet’ and the week will coincide with COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021) in Glasgow. We are encouraging individuals, faith communities, local interfaith groups and organisations across Scotland to host climate-related events for the week.
We produce a Scottish Interfaith Week e-newsletter which has already been providing regular updates about the week. If you have not done so already, I would be very grateful if you could sign up to receive the e-newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/c8QCIX
Here is some more information about Scottish Interfaith Week which I hope you find helpful:
Activity Ideas
You can find ideas for running climate-themed events for adults and for young people at the link here: https://scottishinterfaithweek.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Resources-and-ideas-for-event-planning-Scottish-Interfaith-Week-2021.pdf
You can also check out our Climate Action Resources page on the Interfaith Scotland website for more ideas here: https://interfaithscotland.org/climate-action-resources
Youth and Schools Competition
The theme for this year’s competition for young people is how to make religious festivals more eco-friendly. Submissions should be made by 14thOctober and all the details of the competition can be found on the SIFW website at:
Posters, Logos and Photos
I have attached a new SIFW logo to this email designed in green to highlight this year’s theme, and also an image incorporating details of the week with photos which could be used for posters you might want to create for your events. Readymade posters are also available at the link below:
If you are advertising SIFW on Facebook, Instagram or twitter you may be aware that you need differently sized images for each of these mediums. We have cut down the hard work by creating images to fit each of these which you can find at the link below. Do check them out!

Programme

If you would like your event to be included in the programme of events please upload it onto the SIFW website at the link here: http://scottishinterfaithweek.org/submit-an-event.

Events can be added online right up until Scottish Interfaith Week and these will appear in the list of events online. If you have any questions about this or any problems please email my colleagues at info@scottishinterfaithweek.org

Social Media
Just to remind you we have a separate Scottish Interfaith Week social media accounts which you can access at the following links: FacebookTwitterInstagram
If I can be of any assistance over the coming weeks do please be in touch.
Best wishes
Frances
National Development Officer
Interfaith Scotland
Flemington House
110 Flemington Street
Glasgow G21 4BF

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Interfaith training opportunity

Interfaith Scotland are offering a series of workshops on how to work with religious diversity.

Click here for more information

1. Introduction to Working with Religious Diversity– Thu 15 Jul, 1030-1230
Interactive workshop on improving our confidence in discussing and responding to the religion and belief of those we work with.

2. Advantage is invisible – understanding unintentional discrimination– Thu 29 Jul, 1030-1230
Reflective course exploring why discrimination is common even when our intentions are to work fairly with everyone.

3. Intention versus impact – exploring challenges around group labels and unintended offence- Wed 25 Aug, 1330-1530
Interactive session exploring the terminology used to describe groups of people and how we can respond when unintended offence is caused.

4. Debiasing our systems, debiasing ourselves – an introduction to tackling unconscious bias– Tue 14 Sep, 1030-1300
Interactive course exploring the evidence of unconscious bias and methods for reducing its impact on our decisions, behaviour and processes.

5. Interpreting culture – improving cross-cultural communication– Thu 14 Oct, 1030-1300
An explorative session on the differences between cultures and how that diversity shapes the way we understand each other’s behaviour.

6. 3 mottos for equality, diversity & inclusion– Wed 17 Nov, 1300-1630
Popular course, spanning a wide range of equality issues. We explore three simple guides to improve how we work with human diversity. (covers the same content as sessions 2 & 3)

7. Working with People from Diverse Religious Backgrounds– Tue 14 Dec, 1300-1630
An engaging course exploring how to engage with people from many religion and belief identities, focusing on six main faiths. (covers the same material as session 1 and more)