Published on 4th November 2021

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Different faith communities will come together once again on Wednesday 17 November to mark national Inter Faith week.

To attend, please register online here:

2021's theme, “The shape of things to come?” looks at where communities and individuals find themselves as we learn to live with Covid-19. The event aims to bring together different faith and non-faith communities and to strengthen good relations.

There will be a chance to hear from those with different experiences of the last year, from Cheltenham and further afield. As well as a creative breakout session where participants will come together in small groups to discuss their own experiences. The event will end with an opportunity to reflect on the evening.

A free vegan curry will be provided. Everyone is welcome, tickets are free and pre-registration on Eventbrite is essential to guarantee a space. The local event is being delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Inter Faith and Cheltenham Borough Council.

Mark Hutchinson, chair of Cheltenham Inter Faith, said: “We all remain in a position of emerging shapes. Perhaps more than ever, we need to share our experiences, in order to maximise participation in the shapes to come.”

Atique Miah, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “After a very difficult year the University of Gloucestershire is proud to be co-hosting the annual celebration of National Interfaith Week. This year we'll be looking at 'The Shape of Things to Come' and how the pandemic has shaped our lives. We look forward to welcoming members of local faith groups, students, staff and the wider community to join our event, as we come together to share our reflections.”

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member communities and safety said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic opportunity for people of different beliefs to come together once more, to learn more about each other and to increase understanding. Everyone is welcome to join and take part.”

Covid-19 information: The event will be held at the University of Gloucestershire where no social distancing restrictions are currently in place. However, the room is mechanically ventilated and attendees are encouraged to respect each other’s space and comfort zones. Masks are not compulsory for the evening however they are welcomed and encouraged when participants are not seated, especially if they make you feel more at ease.

Attendees are encouraged to take a lateral flow test on the day of the event and to only attend if the test is negative.

For more details, contact Louise Forey on 01242 264297 or Atique Miah on 07801 676977.

Further information:

National Inter Faith Week, takes place this year from 14 to 21 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