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National Inter Faith Week 2010

National Inter Faith Week is taking place between Sunday 21st and Saturday 27th November 2010. The aims of the week are:
  • to strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels;
  • to increase 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;
  • to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious belief
This is the second annual Inter Faith Week and aims to build on the successes of Inter Faith Week 2009.
The Week is being led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, working with its member bodies. It will be community-led, with local people and groups of different backgrounds holding their own events and highlighting work going on to promote understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs.
More details about Inter Faith Week 2010 can be seen at the Inter Faith Week 2010 website
Download the press release for Inter Faith Week 2010

Timetable for local activities taking place during Inter Faith Week 2010 in Leicester and Leicestershire

Below is a list of provisionally confirmed activities taking place across Leicester and Leicestershire during Inter Faith Week 2010:
Everyday during the week
Leicester Council of Faiths - ‘Faiths Exhibition’
in the Lower West Mall, Highcross Centre, Leicester
Saturday 20th November
Sunday 21st November
Ahmaddiya Muslim Community ‘Peace Symposium’
5.00pm at Braunstone Civic Centre, Leicester
For details, contact:
Dr Habib Akram, Leicester Ahmaddiya Muslim Community
Email: ama.leicester@hotmail.com
Mitzvah Day'
St Philip’s Centre, Leicester’s Jewish community and volunteers from other faiths will be collecting bathroom items from shoppers to be given to safe houses for women escaping domestic violence. Download the Press Release to see how you can get involved in donating items for the initiative.
For details, contact:
Riaz Ravat at the St Philips Centre on 0116 2733459
Monday 22nd November
‘Faiths In Action’- Leicester and Leicestershire City of Sanctuary present an Inter Faith event discussing the roles of faith communities in supporting Asylums Seekers and Refugees
6.00pm – 9.00pm at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester
Keynote speakers include:
  • Dave Smith from The Boaz Trust in Manchester
(The Boaz Trust are a Christian Charity based in Manchester, working with destitute asylum seekers)
  • Representatives from the British Red Cross
Download the flyer for more information about this event (Word Document)
For details, contact:
Gill Buttery
Tel: 07716 073403
Email: leicester@cityofsanctuary.com
Inter Faith Salsa Aerobics, 5.00pm – 6.00pm
St Philips Church Hall, Evington, Leicester
For details, contact St Philips Centre on (0116) 2733459
Interfaith Day Exhibition at Leicester College (in partnership with St Philips Centre)
For details, contact:
Ruth Pickersgill, Leicester College
Email: rpickersgill@leicestercollege.ac.uk
Tuesday 23rd November
Loughborough Council of Faiths ‘Feast of Faiths’ (invite only)
For details, contact Loughborough Council of Faiths
Wednesday 24th November
Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society – ‘Guru Nanak Annual Lecture’
6.00pm – 8.00pm
County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester
Keynote speakers include:
  • David Wyrko (former Chief Constable and High Sheriff of Leicestershire)
  • Shirley Yanez (www.venuscow.com)
Download the flyer for this event (PDF Format)
For details, contact:
Noel Singh
Tel: (0116) 3057020
Email: noel.singh@leics.gov.uk
Women’s Interfaith Badminton 4.30pm – 5.30pm
St Philip’s Church Hall
For details, contact St Philips Centre on (0116) 2733459
Face to Faiths - Youth Exchange workshop between two youth groups
St Philip’s Centre
For details, contact St Philips Centre on (0116) 2733459
Jim Kenney (USA) Lecture ‘Evolving our Cultural Values: Why the future looks more exciting than the present’
7.30 pm at St Philip’s Church
For details, contact St Philips Centre on (0116) 2733459
Thursday 25th November
Interfaith Event and Exhibition at South Leicestershire College
For details, contact:
Sunnie Shergill, Student Liaison Officer
Tel:0116 2643555 ext 3697
Email: sunnie.shergill@slcollege.ac.uk
Friday 26th November
Christian Muslim Dinner
7.00 pm at St Philip’s Church Hall (invite only)
For details, contact St Philips Centre on (0116) 2733459
Saturday 27th November
Details TBC
Sunday 28th November
1st Anniversary of Clarendon Park Inter Faith Women’s Group (invite only)

Ideas for National Inter Faith Week 2010

Below are some ideas for potential activities for Inter Faith Week 2010:
  • A church and a gurdwara arrange exchange visits for their congregations
  • A Hindu temple hosts an inter faith dialogue event, inviting members of other local communities
  • Two local faith schools of different faiths hold an inter faith sports event
  • A restaurant features for a week special dishes linked to each of the faiths in its area
  • A vihara or church arranges a special open day event
  • A school works with its local SACRE and local inter faith group to host an ‘inter faith day’ with opportunities to talk with local members of different faiths about why good inter faith relations are important
  • A local inter faith organisation and local faith groups hire a coach to do a ‘faith trail’ visiting five places of worship in their city
  • A national faith community representative body develops a short leaflet about the basis for involvement by its members in inter faith activity
  • A student union works with all the student religious groups in its university to put on a forum on ‘What our faiths say about the environment’
  • A regional faith forum holds an event involving faith groups across its region
  • A mosque hosts a Muslim-Christian dialogue event
  • A Jewish charity holds a joint fundraising event with a charity with a different faith base
  • A local inter faith group holds a joint event with a local Humanist group on “What do I believe and why?”
  • A multi faith chaplaincy in a college of further education works with students and staff to put on a special inter faith week exhibition
  • A ‘dine at mine’ event with people of different faiths coming together for a meal
  • The local paper and radio station host daily slots during the Week for presenters of different faiths to talk about their faith and also what this teaches them about getting on well with people of other faiths
  • A branch of the Council of Christians and Jews hosts a special ‘Inter Faith Week’ event
  • A ‘faith leaders’ group holds a special Inter Faith Week meeting

Ideas of Inter Faith Week activities/events for Schools and Colleges

Below is a link which includes further details of ideas, resources, activities and events for schools to consider as part of Inter Faith Week 2010:
http://www.interfaithweek.org/schools.htm
In addition to the above, please see the link below, which details further school-based ideas and activities for Inter Faith Week 2010, via the RE Celebration website:
http://www.recelebration.org.uk/images/stories/downloads/cre_inter_faith_schools.pdf

Breathe2gether at Leicester Cathedral

The Diocesan Board of Education have developed the Breathe2gether resource – a selection of unique interactive and engaging resource which help young people explore themes around diversity, equality and respect.
The Breathe2gether resource is available to interested schools during Inter Faith Week 2010.
Download further information about Breathe2gether (PDF Format)
For more details about Breathe2gether, contact:
Janet Ingram
Diocesan RE Advisor & Cathedral Education Officer
Tel: (0116) 2487455
Email: janet.ingram@leccofe.org

Global Education Leicester-Shire

Global Education Leicester-Shire (GELS) is a network of organisations and individuals who work with teachers and education institutions to promote greater understanding of global perspectives, as a core element of the educational entitlement of young people.
The GELS Resource Centre (based at the Pork Pie Library in Wigston, Leicester) has a range of artefacts and resources related to different world cultures and religions, which may be utilised by schools during Inter Faith Week.
For more details about Global Education Leicester-Shire, or details about the GELS resources and artefacts, contact:
Claire Plumb or Clare Carr
Joint Co-ordinators Global Education Leicester-Shire
Southfields Library
Tel: 0116 223 2272
Email: GELS@leicestermasayalink.org.uk
Or go to:

Multicultural RE & Curriculum Resource Centre

The Multicultural, RE and Curriculum Resource Centre based at Rothley Crossroads is part of Library Services for Education (LSE) and holds a wealth of books, teaching resources and artefact boxes to support the teaching of RE, PSHE, Citizenship and anti-racism in County schools.
The artefacts and resources at the Centre may be utilised by schools during Inter Faith Week 2010, although there may be a charge for schools who have not subscribed to the service.
For more information about the Centre, go to:
http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/leisure_tourism/libraries/library_services/lse/resource_centre.htm
Or contact:
Clive Brett, Librarian
Email: clive.brett@leics.gov.uk

Local Organisations who can help with your ideas for Inter Faith Week 2010

Below is a list of local organisations, working across Leicester and Leicestershire, to promote positive Inter-Faith relationships, who may be able to help you develop activities for Inter Faith Week 2010:
Leicestershire County Council
www.leics.gov.uk/faith
Tel: 0116 3057020
Leicester Council of Faiths
www.leicestercounciloffaiths.org.uk
Tel: 0116 2546868 or 07709 488886
Loughborough Council of Faiths
www.lborofaiths.org.uk
Tel: 0845 095 5045
St Philip’s Centre Leicester
www.stphilipscentre.co.uk
Tel: 0116 2733459
Islamic Foundation Leicester
www.islamic-foundation.org.uk
Tel: 01530 244944
Leicester and Leicestershire City of Sanctuary
www.cityofsanctuary.com/leicester
Christians Aware & Women’s Group for Inter Faith Understanding - Leicester
www.christiansaware.co.uk
Tel: 0116 2540770
Leicester Quakers
www.leicesterquaker.corner.org.uk
Tel: 0116 2705003
Leicester Secular Society
http://www.leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/
Tel: 07598 971420
Oadby Community Stakeholders
http://www.oadbyweb.org.uk/stakeholders/

Useful links:

Below is a list of additional links to pages on the Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Together websites, which provide further useful information related to religion, belief, race/ethnicity and multiculturalism:
Community Cohesion in Schools
Information, guidance, toolkits and frameworks to support delivery of the Community Cohesion agenda in schools.
Includes links to local and national organisations and websites which provide detailed sources of information related to Community Cohesion and related subjects.
Factsheets about different religions, beliefs and cultures (Leicestershire Together Community Cohesion Toolkit)
A series of detailed factsheets which provide comprehensive information about different religions, beliefs and cultures.
SACRE
The SACRE is the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, and helps to define the R.E. syllabus for Leicestershire Schools.
SACRE - Useful contacts and organisations
SACRE – News and other documents
Religion and Belief
Details of Leicestershire County Council’s approach to Religion and Belief, including details of the Inter Faith Forum for Leicestershire.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your ideas for Inter Faith Week, or would like any further information about Inter Faith Week 2010 in Leicester and Leicestershire, please contact:
Noel Singh, Policy Officer
Leicestershire County Council
Tel: (0116) 3057020
Email: noel.singh@leics.gov.uk

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