Sheffield Interfaith (SIF) are local people who are working together to promote mutual respect and interfaith dialogue in Sheffield. We achieve this by getting to know each other at regular ‘Food and … Read more ...
The Islamic Society of Britain are hosting this event on Saturday 16th November from 1-3pm.
The Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and the Moderators of its Faith Communities Forum condemn in the strongest possible terms attacks such as that in Halle, Germany.
We repeat the message of the Co-Chairs issued shortly after the attack: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed in, and all affected by, the brutal gun attack in Halle, Germany”. That also noted the reported location of the attack near a synagogue and Jewish cemetery on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. At least one other attack also took place, at a Turkish café.
The full context for the attacks in Halle is not yet known but the early evidence from livestreaming by the gunman subsequently arrested (described as a white German citizen) points to the extreme right wing, and to motivations characterised by poisonous views about Jews and about a number of other groups within society.
We also condemn in the strongest possible terms forms of hatred such as Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and hatred directed at other groups such as Christians, Hindus and Sikhs – whether intentionally or due to illiterate misidentification of one group as another by perpetrators.
In the UK, we have a history of generally good relations and that has helped us withstand the impact of terror attacks such as those in London and Manchester. However these good relations have been increasingly punctuated by spikes in hate crime and suffering erosion from often bunkered and brutal public and online discourse.
The Inter Faith Network for the UK links in membership many national faith community representative bodies, inter faith organisations, and educational and academic bodies with a commitment to building good inter faith relations. It is important that we – alongside all others of good will – work to address these problems; that we stand up to prejudice and extremism and work, on the basis of values held in common, for a society where there is no place for hatred, where there is respectful and safe discussion of different views, and which is diverse but united, harmonious, just, and thriving.
The Inter Faith Network Co-Chairs and Faith Communities Forum Moderators
We are planning a visit to this centre at Laxton in Nottinghamshire – see website – https://www.holocaust.org.uk/
Cost – £7.50 (free for members of Sheffield Interfaith)
We are no longer arranging a coach. If you would like to come then please advise us by email at sheffieldinterfaith(at)hotmail.co.uk. so that we will look out for you at the entrance at 1pm.
Andrew – on behalf of Sheffield Interfaith Committee
You are warmly invited to Dialogue Society’s upcoming event on Thursday, 24th October at 7.00 pm at our community building in Attercliffe, Sheffield. The event will be a seminar/talk on “Who is the Dialogue Society?” and will be presented by Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin*, who is a researcher on topics such as ethics, Islam, Political Islam, Sufism and Turkish Politics, religious movements, extremism.
You can book via the link to the event page on Eventbrite (see below) for more details and registration or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also forward this invitation to whoever you might think could be interested. We are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the event.
Mehmet Acar Dialogue Society Sheffield Branch Manager
*Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqfdWHwLkkgsBtZyk8UpaBw/featured
Bring your questions about prayer to a panel of experienced interfaith representatives. Do you wonder whether prayer is for you? What do we mean by prayer? Is it important? Why? What is it for? Do we use set words? Must we kneel ? What is the difference between prayer in different faiths? Can you pray if you are not sure if God exists?
You may be surprised by the similarities and the differences between the answers from different faith traditions.
We welcome everybody who would like to come
at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL (218 bus leaves the Interchange at 19.15)
Refreshments are always included.
Following another interesting and successful lunch at Upper Chapel this week, we return to Shirley House (31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL) for a bring and share evening meal on Monday 7th October at 6.00.
If you are worried about the growing -isms and -phobias around, come and get to know Sheffield people from different faith traditions. We meet to share food and develop friendships, and welcome everybody of any faith or none, old friends and newcomers.
(The new 218 bus leaves the interchange at 17.35 & 17.55)
We have booked a visit for 20 people to the National Holocaust Memorial Centre on Sunday 20th October, leaving Sheffield at 12 noon and returning for 5.30 pm. See their website for more information https://www.holocaust.org.uk
Admission will be free for paid-up members of Sheffield Interfaith, and £7-50 for non-members. Travel costs will be shared, a coach would be about £12 per head, or we may share private cars if we have enough volunteers to drive. (It is about 33 miles, taking about one hour). To book a place on the coach please email details of your name to email@example.com as soon as possible.
If you are wanting to come by car, or you can offer lifts please email us to that we can make the arrangements.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to book.
3 Interfaith Events in Sheffield in mid-September (See Flyers below)
7.30 pm Tuesday 17th Sept – Sounds of the Spirit – at St Andrews Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL. Part of Nether Edge Festival. Featuring
- Zen Buddhist practice
- Recitation of some of the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God from Sufi Muslim tradition
- Sacred hymns and chants from the Sikh faith
12.30 Tuesday 24th Sept – Food & Friendship Lunch- at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD Bring and share meal followed by discussion
1.00 -3.00 pm Sunday 22nd Sept – Inspirational Spiritual Women – at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane S2 4QZ This event is run by the Women’s Interfaith Forum for Women of any faith
This will be another lunchtime event, at Upper Chapel, the Unitarian chapel on Norfolk Street (S1 2JD) in Sheffield City Centre.
As usual it will be a bring and share meal, and hot drinks will be available.
There will be an opportunity for discussion on some interfaith topic (as yet unspecified) after the meal, but those who can only come for lunch break are very welcome too.
In view of the state of the world, with so many wars, civil wars and climate change causing hostility in previously amicable communities, and refugee crises which may in turn lead to further hostility from areas to which migrants flee, some kind of monthly prayer meeting or peace vigil in Sheffield has been suggested.
We would like to know whether you would attend such a gathering, what form it should take, and when and where would be suitable?
For example Wakefield Interfaith Network hold a 5-minute silent witness outside the cathedral at 11.00 am on the first Saturday of every month, followed by coffee and conversation in a nearby cafe. Would this be a good model for Sheffield, or would you rather book an indoor meeting place such as a room in the Friends Meeting House or Upper Chapel – but what about the cost?
Or would it be a good idea to rotate around different faith buildings in different parts of the city? Would you like people to lead prayers aloud or remain silent?
We would love to hear what you think and what you would be prepared to do (such as book a space, lead a session etc). Bear in mind that something that may seem culture- or faith- neutral to one person may feel very exclusive to another, which is one reason why silent vigils are often used. Please either submit a comment here or contact us on email@example.com