Our beloved founding member, long standing supporter , true humanist  and a champion of compassion Richard Hawthorne passed away on April 23. He served on the committee for many years and was active in organising events, displays and many other jobs to assist in smooth running of NIFC. He will be deeply missed. His passion and vision will always motivate and guide us to work for a better tomorrow. 

For many, interfaith work has one over-riding purpose, to bring peace to the planet. Peaceful communities can help build peace in the world. Interfaith work in the UK has a strong tradition of developing understanding of each other’s traditions and growing peace and tolerance. Such virtues are at the heart of all true religions and they are gifts that can be shared with society. Religious divides are fuelled by fear and misunderstanding and rarely reflect the reality of those who live with an open-hearted faith. In some communities, there is relatively little exposure to people of most other faiths, but there is a great need for awareness of the beliefs of other faiths in this divided world.—The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion towards other beings impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and emphatically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others, even our enemies,is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion. We therefore call upon all men and women  to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures  to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings even those regarded as enemies. We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a peaceful global community. 

Nottingham Inter Faith Council is a local charitable organisation. It has been working in Greater Nottingham for over 30 years and also in the County since around 2006, to overcome prejudice and promote social harmony. We currently assist in the management of several Food Banks in Nottingham.

Our aim is to help the poor and the persecuted, the hungry and the homeless, the lonely and the vulnerable. We do this by creating partnerships between different faith groups and secular agencies that deliver food. 

The Council has encouraged local people to get to know each other, in and beyond their communities, through meetings, training seminars, visits to places of worship, social events and healthy discussion. We are affiliated to the Inter Faith Network for the UK. Our President is the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. The management committee includes at least one nominated representative from each of these local faith groups.

Bahá’ís, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Sikhs, Pagans

  

  • We provide training and seminars on Faith and Belief, to explore different aspects of world religions.
  • We engage with statutory bodies to address issues of local concern for Faith Communities.
  • We address issues about religious or racial prejudice, also when we believe that national and international incidents such as terrorism, or some other atrocities, may impact in some way, on our local communities. We respond appropriately, through public statements and by networking through local media and through these communities, to encourage measured responses.
  • We facilitate events to bring communities together and also to engage area management from Statutory Bodies, with their local area’s Faith Communities.
  • We hold annual programmes of events for members and guests. This includes bringing together members and the wider communities, by providing a safe space for healthy discussion about current Faith topics and social concern, which may be impacting on our local communities.     

To share knowledge and promote understanding of the beliefs and practices of different faiths and the importance of spiritual aspects of life. To contribute to a more understanding and tolerant community by building bridges between people of different faiths and showing the wider public the contributions faith communities make to society. To work together in harmony and friendship, with respect for the distinctiveness of different beliefs and traditions. To work in partnership with other organisations, on issues of concern to faith communities.

We provide training on Faith and Belief, to raise awareness about how it may impact in the workplace and the wider community.

Who has already benefitted from this training? Frontline organisations, such as Police, Ambulance and Environmental Agencies. Other Service providers, such as statutory bodies; ie., City and Borough Councils, and Youth Service. Employees of Businesses, Colleges, Industrial Chaplains, Faith communities and the voluntary sector, including providers of voluntary services.

We are accredited as a training supplier to Nottingham City Council. We can also organise and facilitate seminars for Communities and other groups, to explore aspects of Religion and Belief. This training is delivered to delegates, initially through a half day session of around three hours. The programme is led by one of our facilitators, who is supported by local members from some of the five larger world religions. It takes the form of a Power point presentation, which includes the following:

  • The journey of World Religions – a brief chronological overview of their historical origins and emergence.
  • Presentations covering key points from five larger world religions.
  • Followed by interactive engagement with:
  • An opportunity for questions on each of these five religions.
  • Workshops relevant to the delegates from your organisation and to their workplace or community environment.

We can also provide more advanced sessions, as a second stage and beyond.

We also provide speakers for schools, either as groups of speakers presenting their faiths or as a panel for a question and answer session.
Please note that because of cuts in funding from local councils, we are looking for donations to help us to provide an ongoing service.

 

All sessions can be tailored to the particular needs of your organisation.
For more information, please contact us at office@interfaithnottingham.org.uk

Nottingham Inter Faith Council and One Nottingham 

Nottingham’s Faiths Forum was formed in 2009 to provide all faiths with a voice, through the elected Faith’s Advocate member, to the City Council’s One Nottingham Board. Also to support the work of the Advocate in their role as Board member. Nottingham Inter Faith Council is a founding member of this Forum, which is open to representation from any Faith community within the City of Nottingham.

Our current executive members since September 2016

  • Mr Godfrey Nix – Chair
  • Mrs Surinder Kaur Samra – Vice Chair 
  • Ms Patricia Stoat – Secretary
  • Mr Pawan Joshi – Treasurer      
  • Mrs Mel Gotheridge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Membership is open to any individuals and organisations in Nottinghamshire who agree with our aims. That includes faith groups and places of worship, their members, and people with no faith of their own who are interested in knowing more. No-one will try to convert you ! The emphasis is on learning about each others’ ideas and ways of life, and finding ways to work together while respecting the distinctiveness of different traditions. To join the Interfaith Council please download our membership form  and then post to us c/o RS Resource Centre, The Vine Centre, Bobbers Mill Road, Nottingham NG7 5GZ.

 

 

Only a life lived in service to others is worth living.

Albert Einstein

There is only one cast, the cast of Humanity.  There is only one religion, the religion of Love.

Satya Sai Baba

 

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