National faith communities: conversation for Inter Faith Week
National Inter Faith Week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland begins on Sunday 20 November 2011. This will be its third year and around 400 events are expected to take place to mark it. The Week aims to help strengthen inter faith relations; highlight the contributions which faith communities make to society; and develop dialogue between those of religious and those of non-religious beliefs.
Archbishop Rowan Williams and Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks will open a conversation on the theme of ‘living well together in Britain today’. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, will offer reflections from a Government perspective.
Contributing to the conversation will be other leading figures from national faith communities. The discussion will explore aspects of how faith communities contribute to society; continue to develop strong patterns of inter faith understanding and practical cooperation; and engage with wider society for the common good.
The event, organised by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, opens a wider national conversation on this theme across 2012. A selection of questions similar to those to be discussed on 21 November can be found on the Inter Faith Week website.
During Inter Faith Week a large number of events will be taking place across the country to help build good relationships of understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths and beliefs. Details of Inter Faith Week events in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be found on the Inter Faith Week website.
Read, listen to, or watch the Archbishop's speech at the launch of Inter Faith Week.