We are marking Interfaith Week at Underbank Unitarian Chapel, Stannington, on November 18th at 11.00 am. Unitarians routinely draw inspiration from the literature of many world faiths and philosophies, and on Interfaith Sunday we have Penny Kaye from the Sheffield Reform Jewish denomination, to give us a talk and to help with some prayers and readings.
Actually, Sheffield seems to have got the wrong dates in our heads. The Official Interfaith Week is November 11-18th, but Sheffield is mostly celebrating the following week. Never mind, we hope you will be able to attend some or all of the following events. Most of these events are listed separately, with more details, below on this website.
If your own faith group or place of worship is hosting an event to which you wish to invite members of other faiths or none, please let us know and we’ll put it on this website.
Sunday 18th November, 10.30 am- Turkish “Acquaintance Breakfast” hosted by The Summit Dialogue Society at 5 Birch Road, Sheffield, S9 3XL. RSVP – email@example.com
Tuesday 20th November – 6.00 pm- The Launch of the Faith Leaders in Sheffield Charter for Education, St Andrews Psalter Lane Church
Immediately followed by: Faith Within the Family – Discussion Hosted by Islamic Society of Great Britain – Also at St Andrews Psalter Lane Church, 6.30-8.00pm. Refreshments included, please book via firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 21st November – 7.30 pm – My Favourite Story from Our Scriptures ‘Show and tell’ evening at Shirley House Interfaith Centre S11 8YL.
Saturday 24th November – 2.00 pm- Interfaith Walk(ley). Starts at the Spiritualist Church on South Road, S6 3TA
Monday 26th November 6.00-8.00 pm – Sheffield Interfaith Food and Friendship bring and share dinner at Shirley House Interfaith Centre S11 8YL.
Interfaith and Community Vigil for the Victims of Pittsburgh and all those who have suffered from anti-semitism, racism and anti-muslim hatred.
Where: Peace Garden (Sheffield)
Start time: 6pm
Speakers: faith, civic and city leaders
Minutes silence: 6:15pm
Reflections and readings: 6:18pm
For further info about the event please contact Shahida Siddique on 07969002886 or email
Yesterday’s terrible Antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh USA has been responded to here in the UK with prayers and with words of condemnation and strong messages of solidarity with the Jewish community from across the UK’s faith communities.
Like attacks on churches, gurdwaras, mosques, temples and other places of worship of different faiths here and around the world, it is a reminder of the need to condemn extremist violence in the strongest terms and to stand together and to continue to work together with ever greater urgency against ignorance, prejudice and hatred.
There is no place in civilised society for Antisemitism.
Nor is there a place for Islamophobia and hatreds targeting communities of other faiths and beliefs.
All communities must be able to exist in safety and to practise their faith freely and without fear.
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The faith leaders of Sheffield affirm educational experiences that grow
children’s knowledge and understanding of the diverse faiths of our city. We
encourage the use of visits or speakers to broaden children’s experiences
Facilitating visits and meetings through which children encounter a diversity
of religions is an important part of good religious education. Representatives
of the main faith communities, speaking from within a religious tradition,
provide a vital resource, as does the experience of visiting a place of worship.
We encourage all schools to develop links with our varied faith communities
and ensure their children encounter a diversity of religions.
We encourage parents from within our religious traditions, and those of
other traditions or none, to give their permission and support to schools as
they engage with visits to diverse places of worship.
We encourage our schools to be thorough in ensuring any agency or visitor
will not be presenting a message that is at odds with the schools foundation,
values or ethos.
We expect any adult engaging with children to be prepared for the group
they are to address, ensuring their words and activities will are appropriate
for the age of the children involved.
Visits and visitors should be opportunities to present a religious faith,
but should never be used to convert, proselytise or radicalize children.
Engagement with children and young people in an educational setting should
avoid expressing any aspect of faith that may cause anxiety or fear within
the children participating.
As they pay visits that may explore faiths that are not their own, children
should never be compelled to take part in any religious activity.
We advise that any speaker or agency presenting a religious faith should
avoid any comment that critiques or gives negative views of any other faith.
Any messages communicated to students should be tolerant and refrain
from marginalizing any communities, groups or individuals.
We affirm the difference between learning about religion, and learning from
religion. While we acknowledge that school visits are often focussed on
factual content and the relating of religious belief and practice, children can
be encouraged to think about their response to what they hear.
We ask the leaders of our religious communities to have regard to the role
and skills a member of their community undertakes when engaging with
schools, and propose that schools should only draw upon speakers and visits
that are approved by the religious communities concerned.
All visits or engagements should comply with the school’s safeguarding
policy and procedure and we would expect our speakers and facilitators to
check that they are fully abiding by such requirements.
As regards practical considerations, we commend the advice of NATRE
(the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) in relation
to organising visits, particularly their “Checklist of some of the things to
consider when arranging visits or visitors”:
The Launch of the Faith Leaders in Sheffield Charter for Education
Over recent months the Faith Leaders’ Group in Sheffield has agreed a charter of principles to guide the way children from different religions learn about and encounter other faiths. This is a significant step forward in our goal of building community cohesion, with each faith leader committing to ensuring children from their religion learn, with tolerance and respect, about the beliefs and practices of our neighbours.
We intend to launch this charter at the Interfaith Event hosted by the Islamic Society of Britain at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church (31 Psalter Ln, Sheffield S11 8YL), on Tuesday, 20th November 2018 at 6.00pm.
Following the launch, you would be welcome to stay for the full evening of discussion and sharing together.
For catering purposes please could you let us know if you are planning to join us for the launch by emailing Abdool Gooljar at email@example.com, or phoning 07930 313 773
We look forward to sharing in this launch and the work that will follow.
Families of Faith
Tuesday 20 November 2018
St Andrews, 31 Psalter Lane Sheffield S11 8YL 6-8pm
To mark the Interfaith week, The Islamic Society of Britain will be holding a special evening, where people of different faiths come together to discuss the questions which may still be left unanswered.
Please confirm your attendance for catering purposes
07930 313 773
The Islamic Society of Britain interfaith forum would like to invite
to our annual interfaith event, which will provide an opportunity for members of different faiths to further understand one another’s faith.
The topic of discussion on the evening will be:
FAITH WITHIN THE FAMILY
See flyer via this link
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Food and Friendship
Tuesday 23rd Oct 2018
Every month Sheffield Interfaith invite you to join us for a ‘bring & share’ meal, usually at Shirley House Interfaith Centre, 31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL. Why not come and see? Meet new people and make new friends. People of all faiths (and food traditions), or none, are most welcome.
It was suggested at the AGM that it would be a good idea to hold these dinners at other places of worship, so individual faith groups could have contact with Sheffield Interfaith. If your faith group would like to ‘host’ a SIF bring and share meal, please get in touch, via the website.
Planned dates for the next few months are:
Monday 26th November
Wednesday 19th December
Thursday 24th January 2019
Tuesday 19th February 2019
You could use one of these dates or offer a date after February- we try not to clash with religious festivals.
We welcome everybody who would like to come
at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL
Tuesday 23rd Oct 2018
(Number 4 bus leaves Sheffield Interchange at 17.35)
Durga is the patron goddess of Bengal (the state of West Bengal in India plus East Bengal which is now Bangladesh) and the festival to honour Her is the most important one for Bengali Hindus.
There are events at 11:00 every day from Sunday 14th to Friday 19th October, ending with a light meal. See the second page of the invitation on the link above for details.
Sorry for the last-minute posting- we hope you are free THIS TUESDAY evening as we may not have let you know about an event that is being run by the Nether Edge Quakers tomorrow evening as part of Quaker Week…
A few Quakers will share their spiritual journeys, we’ll experience Quaker worship and there will be time for sharing, questions plus hot drinks and biscuits.
Shirley House Interfaith Centre 7.30pm Tuesday 2 October. All are welcome.