RIFF Annual Public Lecture for 2019 – “Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor”

Christine Allen, recently appointed as Director of CAFOD, spoke on the topic “Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor”. We were delighted to welcome a large audience drawn from Rugby, Warwickshire and futher afield and including some 40 pupils from Rugby School. Rugby School provided the venue and a meal for delegates before the talk.

Christine gave a passionate and inspiring talk about the impact of climate change on the world and particularly the effects on poor communities in other countries who already experience the effects of climate change through drought, famine, and flood. We are challenged as individuals, through our faith communities and with other groups to take the initiative with individual actions as well as to demand that our politicians fully recognise the urgent need for immediate effective government action and committecd long term strategies.

We had a good opportunity for group discussion that raised many deep questions some of which Christine was able to address.


Following hot on the heels of the RIFF Public Lecture is the RIFF AGM which will be held on the 19th November, 2019 at the Quaker Meeting House, 28 Regent Pl, Rugby CV21 2PN.

The (short) formal part will report on our activities for 2019. The main part of the meeting will be devoted to a discussion about potential RIFF discussion topics and activities in 2020.

Please come along and share your ideas and enthusiasms to help us plan an engaging and adventurous 2020 program.

Teas and coffee will be served.

“Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor”

For 2019 Rugby Interfaith Forum public lecture we are very fortunate to have Christine Allen to speak on the topic “Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor” .

Christine  is the new Director at CAFOD. She was previously Director of Policy & Public Affairs for Christian Aid (2012 -19) and before that, Director of Progressio, the former Catholic Institute for International Relations.

The lecture will be preceded by a light meal: Home-made hearty vegetarian soup, roll & butter, chocolate dessert, tea/coffee

Entry to the lecture, including the meal, will cost £7.50 payable at the door. Proceeds after expenses will be donated to CAFOD.

Registration: Please register your intention to come by emailing the Rugby Interfaith Forum using the email address lecture@interfaithinrugby.org.uk


Arrival time:  18.30
Meal: 18.45-19.30
Lecture: 19.30-20.15
Open discussion: 20.15-21.00

The free car park entrance is in Barby Lane CV22 5DZ

The poster for the event can be downloaded here. Please circulate as widely as possible. Thank you

Coventry Multi-Faith Forum Peace Pilgrimage

The Coventry multi-faith forum Peace Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday 2nd of November. We will meet from 9.30/45 at the Council House front steps and will start proceedings from there at 10.00am. The Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Lucas OBE will make a short speech and then we will have prayers from our different religions and then we are off on our Annual pilgrimage to a Church, a Mosque, a Temple and finishing up at Coventry GGNP for a lite bite.

For more information please contact Bill Rattigan by email at billtheplayers@hotmail.co.uk

United on Walk of faith

Photograph published with the kind permission of the Rugby Observer

The annual Rugby Interfaith Forum took place in the town centre on Sunday (15 Sept).

Mayor Bill Lewis joined members of the public for a walk around several of the faith groups in Rugby.

Participants gathered at the Peace Tree next to the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, where a member of the Baha’I faith introduced this year’s theme of Faith in Action – specifically social and environmental actions undertaken in the local community.

The walk then continued to the Christian church of St Andrew’s in Church Street, the Hindu Temple Shree Kalyan Mandal in Kimberley Road, and the Sikh Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Craven Road.

At each faith centre. a description was given of that community’s approach to the theme set against the a background of readings and prayers drawn from the faith.

The walk ended with refreshments offered by the Sikh community at the Gurwara.

Many thanks to all the people who supported this event and made it such a great success.

Warwick District Faiths Forum – Faiths Trail

I am posting this on the RIFF website on behalf of WDFF.

Dear Friends

We are fast approaching the WDFF Faiths Trail, which is taking place this Saturday 13th April 2019. We have had an excellent response from people to attend, however we still have approximately 10 places still available on the coach.

If you know of any colleagues, friends or family that would still like to attend, please could you let me know asap.

I attach a copy of the poster for your attention.

I look forward to seeing those who will be attending on Saturday.

Regards & Best wishes

Jatinder S Birdi


Warwick District Faiths Forum

Mob: 07958 589464

Website: www.wdfaithsforum.org.uk

The Women who built the Sikh Empire

This fascinating lecture was held in Rugby in  October 2017 is now being repeated in Birmingham. The lecturer is Dr Priya Atwal (PhD in History at the University of Oxford), who speaks about her research on Sikh History. For the Rugby event all ticket sales went to ‘Unite in Virtue’ – a charitable organisation which helps those in need and holds a weekly food bank in Birmingham. In doing so we raised ~£600 to help sustain the Food Banks.

The Sikh community are organising a similar event with the same lecturer (Dr Priya Atwal) who will give a talk/presentation about Women in the Sikh Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will take place in Birmingham at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre. Tickets, (£5:00) can be purchased on-line. The goal of this fundraiser is to achieve £1000 to go direct to ‘Unite in Virtue’ in order to start two new Food Banks, one in Coventry and a new one in Leicester. The money will help volunteers buy food, an urn for hot drinks, tables, paper/polystyrene cups, plastic cutlery, plastic containers etc on a weekly/monthly basis.

Please publicise and advertise this event to help this event flourish and succeed to its maximum potential. More details can be found on the Rugby Interfaith Forum website here

Judgement! – Part 3 of the RIFF discussions on Death and Preparing for Death

Just a quick reminder that the next RIFF discussion group meeting will take place this coming Wednesday, 20 March 2019, at 7:30pm at the United Reform Church, 40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD.

This discussion meeting is the third in a series of three meetings talking about how different faiths approach death and the preparation for Death. This discussion will consider ‘Judgement’ and will be led by the Baha’is.
All very welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes
RIFF Secretary

A Sign of Hope!

I am sure that friends of RIFF will be very interested to read and share widely, this profound and deeply significant document that has been released jointly by Pope Francis and The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi, 4 Feb 2019.

It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters.

Read and/or download this document here –

Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together

Riff discussion ‘Death and Preparing for Death’ part 2

The next RIFF meeting will continue the topic ‘Death and Preparing for Death’. It will take place on Tuesday the 19th February at 7:30 pm at the United Reform Church, 40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD.

This discussion is the second in a series of three meetings talking about how different faiths approach Death and the preparation for Death and what follows in the journey hereafter. This meeting will be led by the Sikh and Hindu community and follows on from the first discussion led by the Orthodox community.

Please come and join us for this deeply interesting and challenging topic. We have much to share in this conversation.

Full information about this event is to be found here.