Published on 14th November 2011

Hands together

Following last year's highly successful Inter-Faith event, we have organised a family friendly evening titled "Hands together for Inter-Faith week".

Hands together for Inter-Faith week will take place on Thursday 24 November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire.

The aim is to raise awareness of Cheltenham’s diverse faith communities, and encourage tolerance respect and good relations.

This year's event has 5 partners: Cheltenham Borough Council,  Cheltenham Inter-Faith, the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum , and Gloucestershire County Council. The speakers will be: Dame Janet Trotter, Deputy Mayor - Councillor Colin Hay, and Cheltenham Borough Council Chief Executive Andrew North.

We wanted to build on last years interactive element, so this year,  attendees will be invited to decorate hand - shaped cards that  that reflect their faith or beliefs - for example a word, a thought, a symbol. The hands will then be assembled to form an artwork that will be displayed in Cheltenham's Beechwood Arcade.

Following the art activity,  local community groups will provide a range of food that reflects their faith or ethnic background.

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams: “We believe that good inter faith relations are a vital part of a harmonious, just and respectful society"

The event is free and open to all.

As part of the promotion of Inter-Faith Week, we will also be running a free card decorating workshop on Saturday 26 November in the Beechwood Arcade.