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 ...
There’s more to December than Christmas, especially for our neighbours of many different faiths. So get away from the crowds, bring and share a meal together and make new friends.
We welcome everybody who would like to come
at Shirley House Interfaith Centre, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL
Wed 19th Dec 2018
(Number 4 bus leaves Sheffield Interchange at 17.35)
Share some of the winter festivals celebrated by different faiths, with party food and drinks and traditional games from different cultures. Bring a team, or join one on the night.
Open to all faiths and everybody
(Festive) refreshments included
at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane,
Sheffield S11 8YL
Wed 12th Dec 2018
at 7.30 pm
or 0114 267 8289 for further details
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.
Please see te attachment below for more details. Don’t keep it yourself – tell others.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
The Summit Dialogue Society are hosting a an “Acquaintance Breakfast” on Sunday 18th November at 10.30 at 5 Birch Road, Sheffield, S9 3XL. RSVP – firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be pleasure to see you.
Sheffield Interfaith Week
Saturday 24th November 2pm
Sheffield Interfaith is holding its annual interfaith walk (part of Interfaith Week) along South Road in Walkley this year.
We start at 2pm at the Spiritualist Church on South Road S6 3TA. (95 bus route from town) Please note that the entrance is at the back off Fir Street.
This will be followed by a visit to St Mary’s Church, and then to the Buddhist Centre at about 3.45. Possibility of a final stop at Sheffield University’s Multifaith Chaplaincy (Octagon Centre).
Hope to see you there.
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.
Faith Leaders of Sheffield_published (1)
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”: