This week is Inter Faith week 2020, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, organised by the UK Interfaith Network.
The aims of Inter Faith Week is to:
- strengthen good interfaith relations at all levels
- increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK
- increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs
Each year, the week is timed to begin on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November, to encourage remembering together of the service of soldiers and civilians of many backgrounds.
Treating people with dignity and respect
Talal Hasan, Cabinet Office Head of Diversity and Inclusion says:
”Inter Faith Week is an opportunity for everyone to learn from each other on the central message of treating people with dignity and respect. I know in light of COVID many special events such as Remembrance Sunday, Diwali, Bandi Chhor Divas or Juma prayers can not be celebrated in congregation at the local Church, Temple, Gurdwara or Mosque.
Despite this, we, in the Cabinet Office, are running a number of virtual events to commemorate inter faith dialogue. I would encourage other organisations to do the same and have those rich conversations regardless of one’s religious or non religious beliefs. Please let’s all remember to be kind and be safe.”
There are many ways to get involved with Inter Faith Week digitally this year, including attending a virtual session or listening to a podcast. A full programme of activities can be found on the Inter Faith Week website with other social media resources.
Communication teams can support the week on social media by using the hashtag #InterFaithWeek and following the different Inter Faith Week social accounts:
- Image credit:
- Interfaithweek.org (1)