Chris Hewer is back in Sheffield early in July and will be leading his introductory day on Islam in 4 different venues in and around Sheffield: –
St Peter’s Methodist Church, Green Lane, Dronfield on Saturday July 1st
St Joseph’s RC Church, Swinston Rd, Dinnington, S25 2RX on Tuesday July 4th
Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Manchester Rd, S10 on Friday July 7th
Hoyland Methodist Church, Market Street, Hoyland, S74 9QR on Sat July 8th
All these days run from 10.00 am – 3.30 pm. There is no charge, although donations will be welcome on the day. Please bring a packed lunch. For further details and to book a place please contact Rev Liz Wills on 0114 261 0732, or e-mail email@example.com
To learn more about Chris, his experience and work in the field of Understanding Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, go to www.chrishewer.org
Our website exists to promote interfaith events in Sheffield and to be a local resource for local people to find out more about the different faiths in Sheffield. If you have suitable material to go on our website then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to support Sheffield Interfaith then why not consider becoming a member. As a member you not only provide some financial support for us, but you can help develop what we do, and help us in our work. There are two ways to become a member.
By post Send a cheque for the relevant amount (£5 for individual or £15 for an organisation) to Sheffield Interfaith, Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL. Remember to include your Name OR the Name of your Organisation, AND either your address OR email address
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The Great Get Together – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June
On the weekend of 16-18 June, the anniversary weekend of the murder of Jo Cox, former MP for Batley and Spen, the Jo Cox Foundation is organising what it hopes will be the biggest street party since the Jubilee: The Great Get Together.
Organisers say “Jo’s killing was meant to divide us and we think the best response is to show how united we are. We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance.” Their hope is that this weekend of community events will demonstrate how united people are.
The events are being supported by the Big Lunch, the Big Iftar, the Eden Project, the Inter Faith Network for the UK, the Church Urban Fund, and organisations of a range of different faiths and beliefs as well from across the broad spectrum of society.
The Great Get Together gives faith communities an opportunity to celebrate their work and to meet with others in their community. If you are a faith or inter faith organisation interested in getting involved and supporting the Great Get Together, here are just a few ideas that you might like to consider:
- Encourage your members to get involved or, if you are a local organisation, plan an event together
- Open your church, gurdwara, mandir, mosque, synagogue, temple, vihara or other place of worship, inviting in people of different faiths and beliefs
- Hold a special Great Get Together breakfast, lunch, or supper for guests of different backgrounds
- If you’re fasting for Ramadan you could hold an interfaith Iftar
- Take part in other Great Get Together events near you – meals, sports events, bake-offs, and more
- Work with other faiths or a local inter faith group to write a Great Get Together message of unity for use in local media
- Field a lead walker for the Great Big Walk (see below)
Your event can be held at any time over the three days. For further information and to take part, visit pledge.greatgettogether.org. You’ll then be sent an information pack. You can also email Mike Buckley at the Jo Cox Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are holding an event, please do also keep the Inter Faith Network in touch.
The Great Big Walk
The Big Lunch and the Eden Project are organising The Great Big Walk to tie in with The Great Get Together. Five teams of two walkers will walk from Batley in West Yorkshire to Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, London and Northern Ireland.
Walkers will start in May 2017, arriving for a Big Lunch / Great Get Together event on 18 June. Each day walkers will be visiting community groups along their route to shine a light on the people and projects fostering community spirit.
They are looking for ten lead walkers and a support team for each of the five routes. If you would like to take part or know someone who would like to get involved, further information can be found at https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/blog/take-part-in-the-great-big-walk.
Best wishes, Harriet Crabtree, Executive Director Interfaith Network
From the Hindu Mandir
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of New year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. According to Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world after the deluge and time began to tick from this day forth. This day is celebrated as New year in many parts of country. This festival is called Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Samvatsar Padvo amongst konkanis in Goa and Kerala, Ugadi in Andra and Telangana, Yugadi in Karnataka, Nevrah amongst Kashmiri Pandits and Cheti Chand among Sindhi people. It is also celebrated in the North-East state of Manipur where it is known by the name Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba.
Westminster attacks – Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and Moderators of the IFN Faith Communities Forum
Yesterday’s attack at Westminster on police and members of the public exemplified the cowardly and destructive nature of the actions of terrorists. We hold in our prayers all whose lives have been lost or forever changed through the murderous acts of its perpetrator.
Terrorism is profoundly at odds with the values of our faith traditions and of the values at the heart of British society. We deplore and condemn it.
Attacks of this kind are designed to disrupt our society and to undermine the relationships within it. Let us resist this at all costs and stand together in unity.
Let us also watch out for the wellbeing of any groups who may be targeted because of terrorist actions which claim, or are perceived by some, as having a link to them. There is no place for prejudice and hatred of that kind and where it is found, let us redouble efforts to combat it.
The Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and Moderators of the IFN Faith Communities Forum
Sheffield Interfaith celebrates Interfaith Week by discovering some of the faith communities along the River Don
Saturday 19th November
Starts at 2.15 at the entrance to Victoria Quays (Furnival Road – opposite the entrance to the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn.)
The 2.5 mile walk along the Canal and the Lower River Don provides a different view of Sheffield. We will visit places of worship along the route to deepen our understanding of different faith traditions along the valley. You are welcome to join us at any point. Our approximate arrival times are as follows
Bait‐ul‐ Afiyyat Mosque – 60-62 Sussex Street, Sheffield, S4 7YY 2.30pm
Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikh Temple, Warren Street, Sheffield S4 7WT (Head covering required) 3.00pm
St Charles Catholic Church, St. Charles Street S9 3WU 4.00pm
Tableegh-Ul-Islam Mosque, 30 Bodmin Street, S9 (refreshments served) 4.40pm
There are regular buses along Attercliffe Road returning to Sheffield City Centre. There is also a Supertram stop (Attercliffe) a few minutes walk from the end of our walk.
You are cordially invited to attend the above talk at the UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) Sheffield Centre
Speaker: Dr Chris Hewer
A Christian Scholar of Islam and Author of a number of Books on Islam and Christianity
Date & Time: Friday 4th November 2016, 6:30PM
Venue: Faith & Fraternity Forum
UK Islamic Mission Sheffield
525 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FU
Dr Chris Hewer’s Presentation: 6:30 to 9:30PM
(Interspersed with Questions from the Audience)
Dinner Served: 9:30PM
RSVP: Jamil Akhtar
This will take place on Wednesday 5 October at St Patrick’s Church, Sheffield Lane Top (S5 0QF) from 7.30 to 8.30pm.
Everyone is welcome, whether people of faith or not, to drop in and spend a moment or two in silence, to light a candle, as a sign of our common humanity, our solidarity with those who are suffering in Syria, and our yearning for peace.
Donations will be accepted for the British Red Cross Syria Appeal.
For further information contact Andrew Crowley at email@example.com