A celebration of Inter Faith Week in Cheltenham

Published on 6th November 2019

Logo for Inter Faith Week 2019

Different faith communities will come together once again on Wednesday 13 November to mark national Inter Faith Week.

The theme for Cheltenham’s main event this year is ‘recreating paradise - responding to the climate crisis’ and aims to bring together different faith and non faith communities and to strengthen good relations.

The evening will start with a vegan curry, and everyone is invited to bring a sweet vegan dish or fruit to share for pudding. During the event, there will be short presentations made by local faith representatives, opportunities for personal discussions, information stands (open from 6.30pm) from local environmental, faith and community groups and a creative response to close.

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, said:  “We are pleased to be part of the organisation of the Inter faith week event. We look forward to bringing together people of all faiths and none to share in this event”

Jo Parkin, Campus Chaplain at 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 our hopes, fears, knowledge and experience of responding to the Climate Crisis”

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member healthy lifestyles at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “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.

Further information:

National Inter Faith Week www.interfaithweek.org, takes place this year from 10-17 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