A Question of Faith 2

We hope you are well and enjoying this spring season. Our next event is at the invitation of the Parish of St Augustine’s in Rodbourne.
When:   7pm on Monday 15th April 2019
Venue:  St Augustine’s Church, Summers Street, SN2 2HA
This is the second year of the series of Lent Talks at St Augustine’s and Kenny Baxter will be explaining the history of Swindon Interfaith and what we have been doing over the many years since Vernon and Margaret Griffiths started the group in the 1990’s.
Please come and hear about the efforts of our interfaith group to make good relations between the different faith communities in Swindon. 
If you have never visited St Augustine’s it is definitely worth seeing, sometimes known as the “Penny Church” as it was funded mainly by railway worker’s donations of one penny for each brick.

Faith & Charity

Thank-you to everyone who attended our discussion on Faith and Charity last week, we hope that you all enjoyed the event.

We were honoured to host Pradeep Bhardwaj from Swindon Hindu Temple who gave an interesting and informative talk on the concept of Faith and Charity from a Hindu perspective, we then had a series of questions and answers that Pradeep was kind enough to participate in.

We had originally been due to have a talk from Islamic Relief, unfortunately they were unavailable due to a recent disaster situation in Africa. We didn’t have a chance to share this on the evening, but here is a short video about the work of Islamic Relief:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qdPPViDTYU

We also wanted to share this short video on Charity from a non-religious perspective, which the committee found interesting: https://youtu.be/f3qCejfLqk8

Our next event is Monday 15th April, 7pm at St. Augustine’s Church on Summers Street, Even Swindon.

Terrorist Attack in New Zealand

Many of our members will be aware of the incredibly sad news of terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier today.

This afternoon, the National Interfaith Network issued a statement, which can be at https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/terrorist-attack-on-mosques-in-chistchurch-nz-statement

Our thoughts and prayers of course are with the victims and their families at this incredibly difficult time. The attacks have been condemned members of all religious groups and of course we as an Interfaith Group stand in solidarity and support of all of our friends and neighbours in the Muslim community at this time.

To mark our respect and remembrance for this terrible event, and other terrorist attacks around the world in recent times, we will be holding a period of silence and reflection at our A.G.M on 27th March.

Faith & Charity 27th March

You are invited to join us on Wednesday 27th March 2019 for our event “Faith & Charity”, which will be proceeded by our Annual General Meeting.

7pm at Pilgrim Centre, Regents Circus

The Annual General Meeting is where we reflect on our activities over the past year and discuss plans for the year ahead.    We will also announce any changes in our officers and committee members.

After the formal AGM  business is over we will hear about  the work and running of the charity “Islamic Relief”  which is an important member of the UK’s “Disasters Emergency Committee”.

We expect  this to lead to a question and answer session and an opportunity to debate how all the faiths have a long and distinguished history of promoting charitable work here and around the world.

 

We hope you will come and support this important meeting in our annual calendar.

Our meetings are open to everyone and we are always seeking new participants and also new faith representatives to serve on our committee.   

February 2019

We’ve had two events already in 2019, one on the theme of Celebrations and the other on Faith and Dementia. These were both interesting and diverse events and it is great getting to hear from so many different backgrounds.

We are coming to the end of our 2018/19 activities, with our AGM on 27th March and we are looking forward to a great event on the theme of Faith and Charity – more detail on that coming soon.

Our 2019/20 programme will get underway on 15th April, again more details to be revealed soon.

Keep following our website for updates, or join our mailing list via the Contact Us page.

Faith Celebrations – 16th January

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year and are pleased to announce details of our first event in 2019, which will be an evening to explore the celebrations which are an important feature in the yearly schedule of all of our faiths.
Time: 7.30pm on Wed 16th January 2019
Venue: Eastcott Community Centre, Savernake St., SN1 3LZ  (parking is usually available to rear of hall)
During the evening we will hear from three or four (depending on time) of our faith representatives as they explain what and how they celebrate and why it is important to them.
It will be a great opportunity to understand more about the religious lives of others.
As usual, our events are open to all people of faith or no faith.
After the presentations we will have the opportunity to reflect during teas and coffees.
We very much hope you will come and be a part of our evening together.