Interfaith Week, 2023

Oct 30, 2023

Inter Faith Week 2023 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales

When is Interfaith Week?

  • Inter Faith Week 2023 will take place from Sunday 12 – Sunday 19 November.

Each year, Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday, and runs until the following Sunday. It is hoped that the additional Sunday provides the opportunity for other weekend events to take place as well as those linked to Remembrance Sunday. Remembrance Sunday was chosen as a start day to encourage people to remember together the contributions of all faiths and none, and to consider how best to create a just, peaceful, and harmonious world.

What is Inter Faith Week?

  • Highlights the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations
  • Draws new people into inter faith learning and cooperation
  • Enables greater interaction between people of different backgrounds
  • Helps develop integrated and neighbourly communities
  • Celebrates diversity and commonality
  • Opens new possibilities for partnership

Why do we have Interfaith Week?

  • Building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs is part of the year-round work of many people and organisations across the UK.
  • Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more and more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in it.

What are the three aims of the week?

  • Strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels
  • Increasing 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
  • Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs

Who participates?
Inter Faith Week is for everyone. Some of the many kinds of organisations who have participated in previous Weeks include:

  • faith communities and their places of worship
  • community and voluntary groups
  • inter faith bodies
  • youth groups
  • schools and SACREs
  • institutions of further and higher education
  • local authorities and other public agencies
  • sports organisations
  • museums
  • businesses and workplaces
  • TV and radio stations
  • and many others

Where is it celebrated?

This information comes from the Interfaith Network, learn more here! 

International Day of Friendship

As the International Day of Friendship approaches, OneSpirit celebrates the power of connections that bridge the divides of race, religion, and nationality. In a world often shadowed by division, this day stands as a beacon of solidarity, understanding, and shared humanity. OneSpirit champions the essence of friendship as a sacred bond, pivotal to its mission of fostering interfaith dialogue and respect for diverse beliefs. This occasion is not only about honouring existing bonds but also about reaching out to create new ones, expanding our understanding and empathy through every new friendship formed. At OneSpirit, we nurture qualities vital for genuine connection—empathy, open-mindedness, and inclusivity—within our courses and community. This Day of Friendship, acknowledge the friends who light your way and open your hearts to forming new bonds, in a collective endeavour to build a world where friendship transcends all barriers, guided by a vision of understanding, respect, and unconditional love.

Governance Framework: Marriage Solemniser/Officiant Registers

OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation outlines its governance framework in relation to registers of authorised marriage solemnisers and officiants operating within Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, emphasising adherence to legal requirements. OneSpirit ensures ministers meet criteria such as age and good standing, and ceremonies comply with local laws, alongside maintaining robust internal processes for nominee monitoring and handling complaints. Additionally, the framework supports OneSpirit Ireland (OSI) for nominations in the Republic of Ireland. Highlighting community spirit, the framework also encourages member unity, engagement in communal projects, seasonal spiritual practices, celebration of diversity, and interfaith dialogue to foster understanding and interconnectedness.

A Call for Unity and Support

Lavinia, the Community Development Lead at OneSpirit, extends a warm introduction and expresses her admiration for the community’s sense of unity and support. She reflects on the unique, interconnected nature of the interfaith community, emphasising its collective strength. Currently, she highlights a special request from Martin Nathanael, who is seeking assistance and collaboration from fellow ministers and supporters for a project aimed at benefiting the community. Lavinia encourages members to engage with Martin's initiative, underscoring the importance of their interconnectedness and mutual support.

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Interfaith Dialogue

OneSpirit fosters interfaith dialogue,
where individuals from varied faith paths
engage in rich discussions to exchange
wisdom. The aim is to deepen understanding, cultivate peace, and promote
spiritual growth.

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