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PRESS Release 25/05/2014

Press Release

24th May 2014

The Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum (NIIF) is concerned about the recent negative comments about Islam and Muslims that have been broadcast in the media following a sermon by Pastor James McConnell at the Whitewell Tabernacle in Belfast.  

 

The comments in the media hurt thousands of Muslims living peacefully in Northern Ireland and also promote hatred against two billion Muslims all over the globe.

 

While we accept that freedom of speech is a basic human right, this needs to be balanced with the basic human right of respect for others’ faith and identity.

The Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum has a vision for Northern Ireland of Faith communities, together, evidencing understanding, mutual respect and trust.     

                                                                                                                                                       The mission of the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum is to bring members from world faiths together in a self-governed forum where members work together to facilitate dialogue, promote community cohesion and provide an authentic voice on faith matters, embracing values of faith, diversity, equality, inclusion, partnership, responsibility, excellence and well being.

 

In keeping with our mission we are happy to facilitate dialogue and to seek to establish understanding in our increasingly diverse society.

 

NIIF Executive Committee officers:

            Chair:       Dr Ahmed Helmy

            Secretary: Dr Norman Richardson

            Vice chair: Mr Edwin Graham

            Treasurer: Ms Phil Graham

World Religion and Denominational Statistics for N.I. 2013

Norman Richardson has compiled statistics regarding World Religions and Denominations in Northern Ireland.

 

World Religions - Statistics 2013

 

Denominational Statistics 2013

 

 

Draft Strategic Plan

At the AGM held on 7th November 2013 there was a presentation by Fred Vincent, in which he described the process that the Executive Committee had embarked on to develop a strategic plan.  The newly elected Executive Committee will be giving the plan more consideration at its first meeting. In advance of that all members are invited to consider how the plan could be improved. In particular members are asked to suggest one or two sentences that would describe the "Vision" of the Forum and to consider whether the 3 strategic objectives identified in the plan are appropriate.
 
The draft strategic plan is attached
 
Comments on the draft should be sent to Fred before Friday 15th November.
 
Responses should be sent to:

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Use the link below to see the Draft Strategic Plan

 

Draft Strategic Plan

 

Committee Elections

At the Annual General Meeting held today, 7th November, the following members were elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the coming year:

 

Neville Finch

Ed Petersen

Hazel Holmlund

Norman Richardson

Raj Puri

Edwin Graham

Inderjit Bhogal

Lobang Wenchuk

Lynn Carrington

Ahmed Helmy

Sandra Baillie

Phil Graham

Interfaith Pilgrimage of Prayer for Peace

INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE OF PRAYER FOR PEACE

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY, SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2013, 3.30-4.30pm

 

Peace Day will be marked by many activities including an Interfaith Pilgrimage Of Prayer For Peace. This will be a walk or around one mile, starting from Carlisle Circus at 3.30pm and finish at Belfast City Hall at 4.30pm.

The walkers will be required to observe silence during the walk. No banners or placards will be carried. There will be no speeches.

 

The walk is an opportunity to pause, reflect, pray and consider how best to work together to move on from cultures of violence and build cultures of hospitality and safety for all. Walkers will be invited to pray for peace and a world free of weapons and warfare.