Release Date: 15 November 2017
National Interfaith Week was marked with an open meeting at York House this week as the community came together to discuss how links can be built amongst different faith groups in Richmond.
The open meeting, organised by Richmond Interfaith Forum, was attended by representatives from Christian, Quaker, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Bahá'í, Jewish, Humanist and Buddhist traditions.
Attendees shared what their individual beliefs say about working together and supporting others before the group came together to share cake and refreshments. Although the Richmond Interfaith Forum meets regularly at York House, this is the first time the National Day has been marked in this way.
Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Lisa Blakemore attended the ceremony and said:
“This is a fantastic initiative for fostering links across our wonderful communities and showing how we can work together to achieve common goals.
“It’s always a pleasure to have the Interfaith Forum at York House and I am delighted that they were able to mark this great occasion here this week.”
Chair of the IFF, Rev Peter Hart said:
“It was a great privilege to have together, in one room, so many people of faith and belief with one common purpose.
“We met each other freely, listened intently to each other, and offered to share in each other’s faith and belief experience. This event has deepened our commitment to each other, and will bolster interfaith relationships across our borough for years to come.”
The event was also attended by members of the Standing Committee on Religious Education, a representative of Richmond and Kingston Safeguarding Board, Chaplaincy staff from St Mary's university and the equalities officer from Richmond College.
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Updated: 1 December 2017