A great part of having a digital festival this year for Scottish Interfaith Week is that we were able to easily record some of the events. If you missed Scottish Interfaith Week 2020 or want to relive it, we have compiled some of the highlights below for you to watch!
Message of support from Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shared a great message for Scottish Interfaith Week, she thanked faith communities and interfaith groups for their work throughout the pandemic, and reflected on the importance of Scottish Interfaith Week.
Ask Me Anything shows
Interfaith Scotland’s Ask Me Anything shows for young people are ideal for use in classrooms for primary and secondary school pupils. You can listen to young people from different faiths answer questions about their faiths (includes Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).
EIFA’s Behind the Scenes tours of places of worship
Edinburgh Interfaith Association visited a different place of worship for each day of Scottish Interfaith Week.
This playlist includes tours of Greyfriars Kirk, Kirkcaldy Central Mosque, Edinburgh Baha’i Centre, St Columba’s Episcopal Church, Guru Nanak Gurdwara, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Christ Church Morningside, Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House, and Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh Buddhist Meditation Centre.
Each video is about 10 minutes long.
To view the full playlist, click on the icon in the top right hand corner of the video below (the icon is of three horizontal white lines with a small play button).
Deepavali celebration with The Hindu Temple of Scotland
Singing, dancing and celebration – rewatch The Hindu Temple of Scotland’s event for Deepavali.
Connecting with CARES for a greener future
Find out how the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) helped the Inverness Masjid and the Iqra Learning Centre in Glasgow to reduce their running costs and carbon footprint by installing solar PV.
Children’s book readings from Refuweegee and Interfaith Glasgow
Refuweegee hosted a children’s book reading of ‘Glasgow’s Welcome’ by Jennifer Docherty on Facebook Live, performed by Sarah Rankin from the Village Storytelling Centre.
Interfaith Glasgow hosted a children’s book reading of ‘Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns’ by Hena Khan, performed by the author on Facebook Live.
Interfaith Glasgow hosted a children’s book reading of ‘Looking for Lord Ganesh’ by Mahtab Narsimhan, performed by the author on Facebook Live.
A Buddhist connection with the environment
Interfaith Scotland’s National Development Officer, Frances Hume interviewed Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, on the theme of ‘Connecting with the Environment’. Lama Yeshe shared his personal insights on the Climate Crisis, Buddhism and interfaith engagement.
The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society’s events
The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society held a series of events for Scottish Interfaith Week. You can rewatch the events on YouTube – hear about the world’s largest annual pilgrimage, learn about ways to improve mental health, and tune into a conversation about the pandemic with Scottish religious leaders:
- Watch Improving Mental Health and Well-Being event on YouTube
- Watch A Solitary Peace Walk event on YouTube
- Watch Interfaith Conversation on the Covid-19 Pandemic with Scottish Religious Leaders on YouTube
Students discuss faith and mental health
The Role of Faith Promotes Positive Mental Health webinar organised by Edinburgh Napier University Students’ Association explored how faith can play a positive role in mental health, providing hope and peace of mind, with 10 guest speakers from different faiths.
Interfaith Scotland events
Here are some other highlights from Interfaith Scotland’s programme of events for Scottish Interfaith Week.
Speakers from Israel, USA and New Zealand gave talks at the Connecting Globally event about interfaith engagement in an interconnected world. Hear from Dr. Sarah Bernstein (Israel) about peacekeeping and building cohesive societies, Dr.Hayat Ghazala (USA) on the importance of interfaith in times of conflict; and Jocelyn Armstrong (New Zealand) about the benefits of interfaith engagement.
Hope For The Future
Learn more about faith-based climate action from the perspectives of Soka Institute for the Amazon, Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Human Development (India), Lutheran World Federation (South Africa) and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK).
Connecting as Women of Faith
Listen to the stories of women of different faiths, belief and nationalities as they share their own experiences of putting faith into action by connecting with others.
Community in Crisis
A youth panel, hosted by Interfaith Scotland and TruThink, discussed the challenges of connecting with personal faith, and faith and non-faith communities during a pandemic.
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