A programme of meetings and visits during 2013-14 to renew and extend the awareness and relationships between some of the faith communities present in Northern Ireland.
Starting just after Inter-Faith Week in November 2013 the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum has been marking its 20th anniversary by setting out on a series of visits to local faith communities and, where possible, to their places of meeting and worship. As in the very early period of the Forum’s existence, members of the Forum will explore the various traditions represented in membership through this combination of talks and visits. It is also as an opportunity to renew our commitment to inter-faith communication and dialogue and to renew relationships between the various faith communities present in Northern Ireland.
Each visit will take its own format, but most will include an introduction to the faith community, input from one or more speakers, opportunity for questions to a panel of members of the community and general questions and discussion.
The next meetings in this series are outlined below, with fuller details to be confirmed when available. This information will be sent out from the Forum in its regular email communications and also notified on the website.
In some cases the visit to the faith community can be combined with a visit to a place or worship or community centre, in other instances a talk and a visit may take place on separate occasions, according to the situation of each particular faith community.
Meetings that have already taken place are:
BELFAST ISLAMIC CENTRE - November 2013
INDIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE AND HINDU TEMPLE - February 2014
25th March: THE BAHA'I COMMUNITY - Venue: All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast 9
7th May: THE JEWISH COMMUNITY - Venue: Belfast Synagogue, Somerton Road, Belfast 15
June (date to be confirmed): THE BUDDHIST COMMUNITY
Autumn 2014 meetings - dates to be notified
THE SIKH COMMUNITY
THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY INTER-FAITH RELATIONS IN NORTHERN IRELAND