Director of Edinburgh Interfaith Association Iain Stewart shares news of their exciting events for Scottish Interfaith Week and why it is important to get involved this year.
The theme of Scottish Interfaith Week 2020 is ‘Connecting’ which is only fitting because Scottish Interfaith Week has been connecting people since it was first established in 2004.
Scottish Interfaith Week provides an opportunity for deepening interfaith relationships and understanding, but for those new to interfaith it allows them to dip their toes in the water. For many who attend their first interfaith events during this period, the enriched experience they encounter often inspires them on a life-long journey of learning from the beauty of interfaith exchanges.
I have been attending Interfaith events since 2007 and have had the privilege of co-ordinating Edinburgh Interfaith’s programmes since 2012. This year we have planned several programmes for Scottish Interfaith Week:
Interfaith Insights Special: Educating For Change
On November 10th our online Interfaith Insights show will be a Scottish Interfaith Week Special exploring the topic of ‘Educating for Change’.
‘Reimagining’ dialogue series
On November 11th our new dialogue series, ‘Reimagining’, will ask the question of ‘how do we build community going forward?’ And, ‘does online community replace face-to-face community?’
Stir It Up cooking programme
On November 12th our new, ‘Stir It Up’ programme begins. In Stir It Up we offer a window into someone’s kitchen: and they teach us to cook one dish.
Through food, we discover culture, memories, faith and family. Let’s cook together, create community, and celebrate diversity through food!
Big Interfaith Quiz
On November 15th we will be hosting our famous annual quiz with Edinburgh Coexistence Initiative. Pit your wits against the trickiest tests of your mind and knowledge with this quiz.
Behind the Scenes Tour of places of worship
Finally, throughout Interfaith Week we hope to be bringing, ‘EIFA’s Daily Behind the Scenes Tour’ of different places of worship across Edinburgh.
We hope through these events people are encouraged to start connecting across the different communities, faiths and cultures that make up the beautiful nation of Scotland.