Kirk members encouraged to take part in Scottish Interfaith Week

Church members across the country are being encouraged to take part in Scottish Interfaith week from Sunday 10 until Sunday 17 November.

The group from Scotland outside Trinity United Church in Accra before a service
In September a group of 12 Muslims and Christians from Scotland took part in an interfaith visit to Ghana. Some of those who went on the trip will be speaking at events during Scottish Interfaith Week.

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "There is a great enrichment to be found in meeting with, listening to and learning from people of other faiths.

"Together we can help ensure that bridges not barriers exist between us. Interfaith week helps us make such meaningful contacts.

"To mark the week, I'll be walking with the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese St Andrews and Edinburgh, from St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh to Annandale Mosque."

This year, the annual event will see communities come together for workshops, talks and discussions themed around 'Eat Share Love'.

Mirella Yandoli, the Church of Scotland's interfaith officer said: "Interfaith week offers a rare chance for communities to step outside of the familiar and explore life from another community's perspective.

"With this year's theme of Eat, Share Love we have a focus that can appeal to members of all communities, given that food is often at the centre of community life.

"People can open up to trying new things as well as learning about themselves as well as others. I hope that church members across the country are hosting as well as being hosted, so that they can make a mark on a week which will be full of stories of sharing and eating together."

Event highlights

Four people who took part in an interfaith trip to Ghana organised by the Church Of Scotland in September will form a panel discussion on racism at the Building Bridges Symposium at Al-Maktoum College in Dundee on Thursday 14 November.

MSP and Church Of Scotland member Ross Greer will host 'Going Green Together', an interactive, educational event focused on food and sustainability in Glasgow on Friday 15 November 6-8.40pm.

Young people from different religious backgrounds will talk about their faith and what interfaith means to them at 'Listening to the Voices of Young People' on Monday 11 November.

Scottish Interfaith Week was started by Interfaith Scotland in 2004, and now sees around 100 different events take place over seven days.

Find out about events in your area

Find out more about the interfaith trip to Ghana which took place in September