A celebration of Inter Faith week in Cheltenham

Published on 12th November 2015

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On Wednesday 18 November, 7pm, at the University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Room TC007 (in the main reception building), The Park

Cheltenham Inter Faith, Cheltenham Borough Council and the University of Gloucestershire are working together to host an event to celebrate and raise awareness of Cheltenham’s different faith communities as part of the national Inter Faith Week, which is taking place from 15 to 22 November.

‘Soul Talk’ is taking place on Wednesday 18 November at 7pm at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus and all are welcome.

The aim is for faith and non-faith communities to come together to celebrate and learn more about each other, in order to strengthen good inter faith relations and increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.

The evening will start with a multicultural buffet, and different faith groups are invited to bring a dish to share.
The main focus of the evening will be on conversations for the soul, sharing experiences of where something has touched the soul. It will be facilitated by a representative of St Ethelburga’s, which opened as a centre for reconciliation and peace in 2002 after being almost completely destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1993. It exists to help people build relationships across divisions of conflict, culture and religion.

Peter Slocombe, chair of Cheltenham Inter Faith, said: "Inter Faith Week gives everyone a chance to extend a hand of friendship and understanding. This year we look forward to going a little deeper and exploring experiences of the sacred in different faiths, to deepen our understanding.”

Helen Down, participation and engagement team leader from Cheltenham Borough Council, added: “This is an opportunity for people of different beliefs to come together and share their experiences.  It should be a very interesting evening and strengthen inter faith understanding and relations.”

Jo Parkin, Chaplain for the University of Gloucestershire, commented: “We hope that this year’s event will be both inspiring and challenging as we explore the sacred in different faith traditions.”

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. For more details, please contact Helen Down on 01242 774960 or Jo Parkin on 01242 724593.

For press enquiries contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email communications@www.cheltenham.gov.uk.