A celebration of Inter Faith Week in Cheltenham

Published on 9th November 2018

An Asian woman and a buddhist woman sitting together at a table working on a paper craft project

Different faith communities will come together once again on Wednesday 14 November to mark national Inter Faith week.

  • When: Wednesday 14 November, 7pm to 9pm (exhibition open from 6.30pm)
  • Where: University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, The Park

The theme for Cheltenham’s main event this year is ‘The F Word’ and aims to bring together different faith and non-faith communities and to strengthen good relations.

The evening will start with the opportunity to explore ‘The F Word exhibition: a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity’.

During the event, there will be short presentations made by a panel of local faith representatives, opportunities for personal discussions, plus an act of collective response to close.

Vegetarian curry will be provided and everyone is invited to bring a sweet dish to share for pudding. The exhibition will be open from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

The local event is being delivered in partnership by the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Inter Faith and Cheltenham Borough Council.

Jack Liebeskind, chair of Cheltenham Inter Faith says: “This event is one the key fixtures in the Interfaith calendar. It’s an opportunity for people of all faiths and none to get together to meet, talk and listen. We are very proud to be part of the event and are grateful to Cheltenham Borough Council and the university for their work in organising the evening.”

Jo Parkin, chaplain for the University of Gloucestershire said: “Once again, the University of Gloucestershire are proud to be co-hosting this annual celebration of National Inter Faith Week.  We look forward to welcoming members of local faith groups, students, staff and the wider community as we come together to share experiences of searching for and finding meaning in our lives”

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, said: “Cheltenham Borough Council is delighted to support this fantastic opportunity for people of different beliefs to come together, to learn more about each other and to increase understanding.  Everyone is welcome to join and take part.”

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. For more details, please contact Louise Forey on 01242 264297 or Jo Parkin on 01242 714593.

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

Photo opportunities are available.

Further information:

National Inter Faith Week www.interfaithweek.org, now in its tenth year, takes place this year from 11-18 November.

The week aims to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
  • Increase 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
  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs so as to raise the level of religious literacy and awareness

Social media users are being encouraged to use the hashtags #IFWeek and #InterFaithWeek in tweets/posts about the Week