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)