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Launch of Capital Cities Interfaith Network
The Capital Cities Interfaith Network was officially launched by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross at the City Chambers on the 4th of February 2019. There were contributions from Mairead McGuinness, First Vice President of the European Parliament responsible for Parliament's dialogue with churches, religious and philosophical communities.
The Capital Cities Interfaith Network brings together interfaith organisations with vast experience and expertise.
The key objectives of the network are;
To provide a platform for mutual exchange of learning and best practice.
To promote and facilitate collaboration between the organisations on mutually agreed activities
To provide a voice to capital city organisations on issues of key concern.
To engage with the state, authorities and public institutions offering consultation, guidance and training.
Already signed up to the network are Dublin City Interfaith Forum, Edinburgh Interfaith Association, Faiths Forum for London and South Cardiff Interfaith. We hope to welcome new associations from across Europe.
Capital Cities Abridged Statement
“Collectively as representatives from Capital City Interfaith networks we recognise that we share much in common and have much to gain through greater collaboration. Capital Cities are uniquely placed and face unique challenges. They are home to Parliaments, financial centres and some of the highest levels of religious and cultural diversity. Interfaith associations play vital and often unrecognised roles in promoting interfaith understanding and relations which help maintain strong, peaceful cohesive communities. Through greater collaboration we hope to establish a mutual exchange of learning and best practice and enable Capital City interfaith organisations to speak together with a clear unified voice on issues that matter to them. It is our hope that the network can build on already existing excellent work done by the capital interfaith associations towards peaceful, open, inclusive and cohesive societies.”
Delegates gather for the launch of the Capital Cities Interfaith Network in the City Chambers, Edinburgh
April 21st 2019
Statement on Sri Lanka Tragedy
“Our hearts are breaking for those who lost loved ones during the terrorist attacks on Churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. People were targeted as they worshipped during Easter Sunday as they came together to remember key events in the life of Jesus and in the belief that Jesus could bring healing to a broken world. When we reflect on the attacks on Sri Lanka it is evident that it has never been more urgent for people of all beliefs to work together to build peace and dialogue in order to heal a broken world.”.
Wege Singh, representing the Sikh community, speaking at the International Day of Peace Service
February 8th 2017
Religions of The World Charter
Religions of the World Charter for Palliative Care EIFA representatives were honoured to attend Parliament to sign the, ‘Religions of the World Charter for Palliative Care.’ Over 20 million children in the world are affected by life limiting illness. EIFA are delighted to support an initiative that seeks to help these children, and their families, to lead the best possible quality of life.
February 6th 2017
Archbishop Bernardito Auza
Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations
addressed Edinburgh Interfaith Leaders during Interfaith Harmony Week
Members of the Edinburgh Interfaith Association had the honour of being invited to a talk by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations. It was a very inspiring talk. The Archbishop spoke of the growing recognition of importance of interfaith dialogue in helping to build peace in the world today.
January 25th 2017
Holocaust Memorial Day
EIFA was proud to host Holocaust Memorial Event at Drummond High School. Students contributed art, poetry and music to the event; this combined with the testimonies of key note speakers Saskia Tepe (the daughter of holocaust survivor Brigitte Langar) and Umutesi Stewart (survivor of the Rwandan genocide) meant for a very powerful and emotional evening.
“The event was fantastic. I strongly believe that events of this kind are essential to combat intolerance and its terrible consequences in today’s world.”
December 7th 2016
Multi-Faith Court chaplaincy launch
EIFA was pleased to launch a new chaplaincy initiative with local faith leaders called ‘The Listening Service’ at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. These new court chaplains will provide an independent, confidential support service to all court users and staff – of all faiths and none
Inter Faith Week
EIFA was proud to support the capital city and its faith communities as they participated in Scottish Interfaith Week in November, which included over 50 events with more than twenty of these being held in Edinburgh.
There were several highlights to the week, including the Keynote lecture by Aaqil Ahmed, former Head of the BBC’s Religion and Ethics, who spoke to a packed room on the topic of Fearmongering, faith and the responsibility of the media. He addressed many current and controversial issues, coming out quite critical of the printed press and making the case for tighter and stricter regulation to protect minority groups and stop negative stereotyping of people of faith.
November 8th 2016
Interfaith Summit with the First Minister, ‘Connecting Communities, Interfaith Engagement and Community Cohesion.’ EIFA was represented at an Interfaith Summit with the First Minister by
co-convenor Nasim Azad and General Secretary, Iain Stewart. Nasim spoke passionately on the subject of, ‘How faith groups can help provide reassurance to communities and support cohesion following the EU Referendum.’
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with EIFA board members