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Interfaith Week Poem

This poem was shared yesterday at our Interfaith Week Launch event. It has been written for us by local poet Katherine Owen.

In The Name of Religion (What do we do?)

What do we do when the gun goes off

and we feel people’s loss of ones 

they’d built their life around?

‘Not in my name,’ we say.

Yet it has been done 

in the name of religion.

What do we do?

Do we resign from the group,

leave its name to ones who do not stand 

for anything it stands for?

Or do we choose to stay and claim 

the beauty of our tradition?

What do we do when the explosion roars?

People point towards us, saying,

“He, she, is one of them.”

Do we build walls, shut ourselves in with those who share our label?

Or do we reach out– share our home, our table,

do what we can to show we are against the violence?

What do we do?

We take time to bless the enemy–

we see Love pour down on one who contemplates an atrocity,

we see them choose again. 

We reach out to those who feel victimised, marginalised.

We include, we educate.

What do we do?

We bring what we know to bear–

our blessings, our forgiveness, our rituals, our prayer,

our holding to the knowing that

there is a Love beyond all things

and without it we are nothing.

What do we do?

We hold a vision of a world at peace.

We pray for leaders to be guided wisely.

We pray for those who take care of our security. 

We pray for those who have lost 

a limb, a loved one, a life.

What do we do?

In the name of all religions and of none

we choose to be here together today.

As the native Americans wisely say

“Which tree is so foolish that 

its branches fight among themselves?”

(c) Katherine T Owen

The poet gives permission to share this poem with her name included.

https://www.a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com/media-files/interfaith-day-poem-katherine-t-owen.mp3?

Interfaith Week – Arrangements for Sunday

Please come and join us for our launch of “National Interfaith Week” this Remembrance Sunday at St Augustine’s Church, Summers St, SN2 2HA

There will be short speeches from our faith representatives who will reflect on the effect of wars and religious persecution on their communities and in general.

Our mayor, Councillor Kevin Parry will be joining us and we hope he will offer some closing remarks.

This is one of many events taking place all over the UK during “National Interfaith  Week” and we are encouraged that through dialogue there is so much goodwill and co-operation between faith groups across the country, please come and support us as we really feel we can help create a positive climate that can be an example to others.

On a practical note unfortunately the heating system at St Augustine’s is not working and could not be repaired in time for our meeting, so please wrap up warm for the formal program.    There will be warming teas and coffees available after the talks.  

If possible please be seated by 3.50pm for a 4pm start.

Parking is very limited around St Augustine’s, please consider parking in the Outlet Village car park, it will only cost £1; (The right-hand section has usually more spaces) then it is a 10 minute walk to the church.

We look forward to seeing you.

Interfaith Events 2019

We would very much like to invite you to join us for any of our events during “National Interfaith Week”.    

As it does every year the start of “Interfaith Week” coincides with  “Remembrance Sunday”  so we will dedicate the first event to remember those who fell during world conflicts as well as the many people around the world who are even now suffering in war zones or being persecuted because of their religious beliefs.

It will be a short service with readings, poetry and prayer where our faith communities will reflect on past and present history from their perspective.

Schedule of events

– Sunday 10th November. Launch event –  Remembrance Service   

4pm at St Augustine’s Church, Summers St, SN2 2HA

 – Monday 11th November. Movie “Dawn of the Light” from the Baha’i community.    

7.30pm at Broadgreen Community Centre, Salisbury St, SN1 2AN

 – Tuesday 12th November. Celebration of 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, and also witness “Sukhasan”, the closing of the day ceremony.

7pm at Shri Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Kembrey St, SN2 8AZ
– Wednesday 13th November. Join in a fun quiz and tour of building.
7.30pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Highworth Rd, SN3 4QS
– Thursday 14th November. Group remembrance and devotions.
7.30pm at The Al Habib Islamic Centre, 88 Chapel St, SN2 8DA

You are welcome to join any or all events during the week.

swindon-interfaith-leaflet-for-interfaith-week-2019.pdf

Caring for Our Environment – 11th September 2019

We are excited to invite you to the next event in our diary, which will be focussed on caring for our local environment.

This will be a litter picking evening, our second such service activity.  Of course it will only make a small difference but nevertheless We think people appreciate  a combined effort  to keep our town looking good.

Since last year’s action many no longer feel embarrassed to pick up litter when out walking and drop it in the nearest bin.

We will be working around the cricket and recreation grounds by the football stadium.  

Date: Wednesday 11th September 2019

Please meet us in the stadium car-park at 6.00pm, from where we will start our clean up, the aim is to finish around 7.30pm and then have some refreshments in the Broad Street Islamic centre.

 Some pickers will be supplied, please come prepared for whatever the weather throws at us.

Family Event Update

A massive thank-you to those of you who attended our Family Event last night, we hope everyone managed to taste some of the home made pizza!

Pizza cooking in the Cob Oven!

The event was very popular and well attended, a big thank-you to everyone who made a donation to TWIGS – we raised over £90!

We had a fantastic evening, which was rounded off nicely by some spiritual readings, poems, prayers and a song!

Joining together in prayer, song, poems and spiritual readings.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next event, on 11th September, more details coming soon.

7th August – Family Event at TWIGS

We hope you are able to join us for our next event at our favourite venue of TWIGS  on  Wednesday 7 August 2019.

As well as our usual inspirational readings in the roundhouse there are several other things to do if you wish including:-

 – Redecorate Interfaith Peace Garden

 – Meditate in one of the themed zones

 – Tour of the gardens

It is an ideal occasion to bring your family and friends.

Refreshments will be served during the evening.

The garden will be open from 6pm until 9pm.

Venue: TWIGS, beside Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, SN2 2QJ