Rugby Interfaith Forum holds monthly discussion meetings and each year a peace walk and public meeting.
The Peace Walk
About a hundred people took part in a walk through Rugby on that first event in 2001 and visited some of the places of worship of the faith communities. We have repeated this Peace Walk most years and plan to continue this tradition in the future. Starting at the Peace Tree we visit typically a Christian church, the Hindu Temple, the Sikh Gurdwara and the Mosque.
We also discussed some of the significant moral issues that confront us such as world poverty, alcohol, climate change and abortion. 2017 discussion topics included refugees, the environment, war and mysticism.
Religious festivals in the UK
For a list of religious festivals commonly celebrated in the UK see here.
Past and Future RIFF Events
Thu21Sep20177:30 pmUnited Reform Church, Rugby
The topics will be introduced by Laurie Burrow.
For more background to this meeting you might find it interesting to listen to this podcast by Scott Atran
Notes for the meeting
The meeting shared the philosophical parable of Blind Men and the Elephant - an ancient parable used as a warning for people that promote absolute truth or exclusive religious claims. The simple reason is that our sensory perceptions and life experiences can lead to limited access and overreaching misinterpretations. How can a person with a limited touch of truth turn that into the one and only version of all reality? (Quoted from All About Philosophy)
The RIFF meeting shared texts from their own faith and from other faiths that offered particular insight to their foundation beliefs. Frances Deegan's poem "Don't tell me about your god" was read together with other texts shown below:
Fri06Oct20176:30 pm - 8:30 pmThe Benn Hall, Newbold Rd, Rugby, CV21 2LN
The Rugby Sikh community invite you to the public lecture on the subject “On the Women who built the Sikh Empire” to be held on 6th October at 6.30pm at the Benn Hall.
The name and reputation of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, the ruler of 19th century Sikh Empire, is famous worldwide but what about the women who helped to build and protect this kingdom?
The speaker, Oxford historian Dr Priya Atwal, will talk about the critical roles played by the Maharajah's female relations in Punjabi politics and state formation during the early 19th century.
Tickets are priced at £5 on the door including refreshments. Please do come if you can.
Tue10Oct20177:30 pmSheffield Cathedral, Church St, S1 1HA, Sheffield
A panel discussion exploring the clash between the religious and the secular and how to move beyond it. Part of a series called “God and the Good”. More information ...
There is no need to book, just turn up!
Wed18Oct20177:30 pmUnited Reform Church, Rugby
Discussion around Forgiveness and Reconciliation - to develop further the topic on violence and warfare considered earlier in the year and as preparation for the Annual Lecture on the same topic.
Sat04Nov201710am - 2pm The Benn Hall Newbold Road Rugby CV21 2LN.
Rugby Interfaith Forum will have a stand at the 'Our Rugby, Our Future' event at the Benn Hall. The event is organised by WCAVA to promote awareness of voluntary groups and activities in the area and is a good opportunity both to publicise our activities and encourage new members to join us.
For more details see here
Please come along and support us.
Sun12Nov2017Sun19Nov2017Inter Faith Week, the week when the spotlight is on inter faith understanding and cooperation – so vital to a cohesive and integrated society.
Mon13Nov20177:00 pm - 10:00 pmBenn Partnership Centre, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HR
The Revd Clive R Fowle works as a Conflict Resolution Practitioner and Coordinator of 'Touch of Hope', whose mission is the long term healing of the hurts of war in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia. He is a Methodist minister in the Rugby and Daventry Methodist circuit.
Clive will present his experiences of Forgiveness and Reconciliation and the challenge of living in a reconciling way.
The event will be held at the Benn Partnership Centre, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HR from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. There will be refreshments at the end of the talk.
See here for audio recording of the lecture and other resources
Sat18Nov201710:00am - 1:00pmGurdwara Sahib Leamington & Warwick, Tachbrook Park Drive, Warwick, CV34 6RH
The WDFF Conference is taking place on Saturday 18th November 2017 (as part of Inter Faith Week 2017) at the Gurdwara Sahib Leamington & Warwick, Tachbrook Park Drive, Warwick, CV34 6RH. The topic of the Conference will be “Faith and Inclusivity” and will commence at 10am, with Registration from 9.30am and will conclude at 1pm, followed by vegetarian lunch.
Aims of the Conference:
- To raise awareness in the community of the needs of all people (including people who fall under the Protected Characteristics, under The Equality Act 2010) and to involve and engage with these in respect to key issues in the Community.
- To provide the community with an outline of services and support available to them.
- To provide an opportunity for members of the Community to raise issues and concerns with key service providers.
- To build confidence in the community. No one should be discriminated against.
The Key speakers will be from the Crown Prosecution Service, Warwickshire Police, Accessible Stratford, Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action. The conference will include workshops for people to attend as well as displays/exhibits from many organisations.
For more details contact
Jatinder S Birdi
Warwick District Faiths Forum
Mob: 07958 589464
Mon15Jan20187:30 pmUnited Reform Church, Rugby
This discussion meeting is the first in a series of three meetings talking about the role of prayer in different faiths.
This first meeting will be led by Deyhim Foroughi of the Bahá'í Faith
Tue20Feb20187:30 pmFriends (Quaker) Meeting House, 28 Regent Place, Rugby CV21 2PN.
This discussion meeting is the second in a series of three meetings talking about the role of prayer in different faiths.
Wed21Mar20187:30 pmShree Kalyan Mandir, 6 Kimberley Rd, Rugby CV21 2SU
This discussion meeting is the third in a series of three meetings talking about the role of prayer in different faiths.
Wed02May20189:30am - 2:00pmWarwick Myton Hospice
This is a free health event for Faith Leaders, Health Care Professionals, in Warwick, Coventry and Rugby to learn more about supporting non-curative conditions in our multi-cultural society.
The program includes a tour of the hospice facilities and lunch.
To take part please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call to 01926 838897
Thu17May20187:30 pmGuru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, 4 Craven Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3HY,The purpose of this RIFF series on Music in Worship is to consider how religious music on the one hand expresses, enhances, explains and unifies our commonly-held religion (whichever it might be), and on the other how it helps us personally to worship God and to seek our own spiritual goals.
This discussion meeting is the first of a three part series. The first two meetings will be talking about the role of music in worship for different faiths. The third part will be a public concert of religious music from the different faiths.
This first meeting will be led by Angela Youngman.
Sat16Jun20189:30am - 5:00pmCarrs Lane Conference Centre Albert Street, Birmingham B4 7SX
A one-day conference to explore the theme of happiness and wellbeing from religious, philosophical, psychological, health and other perspectives.
From Buddhist meditation to modern secular therapy: an analysis of mindfulness in ancient and modern contexts.
Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies, University of Kent, UK (Keynote Speaker)
Why I’m happy to feel sad
Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manchester, UK (Keynote Speaker)
The science of happiness
Vishal Soni, Lead Practitioner in Science, Light Hall Academy, UK
Understanding happiness and wellbeing: a Hindu perspective
Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
Happiness and health
Emerita Professor Paula Mcgee, Birmingham City University, UK
Jesus disturbing charter of happiness
Dr David McLoughlin, Newman University, UK
Happiness and wellbeing: an act of contemplation
Musa Askari, Newcastle, UK
Conference fee £20.50
For further information and to book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happiness-and-wellbeing-tickets-42454677082
This event is organised by Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah: email@example.com and Professor Paula McGee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed20Jun201818:30 - 20:30Shree Kalyan Mandir, 6 Kimberley Rd, Rugby CV21 2SU
This discussion meeting is the second in a series of three meetings talking about the role of music in worship for different faiths.This meeting will be an occasion for us to be present at the Daily Aarti act of worship and thereby experience Hindu music in its fullestcontext. Everyone is welcome.Please note the earlier start time
Wed20Jun20187:30 pmGuru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, 4 Craven Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3HY
This discussion meeting is the third in a series of three meetings talking about the role of music in worship for different faiths. It will take place at the Sikh Gurudwara at which Sikh music will be presented.
Sun23Sep201814:00hrsMillenium Tree - Rugby LibraryThe route and timetable will be:a. 14.00 Libraryb. 14.30 St Maries’c. 15.30 Hindu Templed. 16.30 Sikh Gurdwara
Sat06Oct201814:30 - 17:00St.Andrew's Church, Church Street, CV21 3PT, Rugby,
This event will be held in St Andrew’s Church in Rugby and will be hosted by the Rugby Interfaith Forum and Rev Imogen Nay. The program is a collection of music contributions from various faith traditions. Music will be instrumental or vocal and may be accompanied by dance or ritual.
Donations will go towards expenses and in aid of Jessie's fund, a registered charity which helps children with additional and complex needs or serious illness to communicate using musicRIFF would particularly like to thank Imogen for her interest and for lending us her support for this event.
Sun11Nov2018Sun18Nov2018Various locations around the UK
The 2018 Inter Faith Week (11-18 November) is a week to focus on inter-faith understanding and cooperation
Inter Faith Week’s aims are to:
- Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
- Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
- Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs
For more information visit the Interfaith Week Organisation at https://www.interfaithweek.org/
Mon12Nov20181pm - 4pmRugby Myton Hospice, Barby Rd, Rugby CV22 5PY
An event for Faith Leaders and Health Professionals in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick
The program includes a tour of the hospice facilities and refreshments
For more details and contact information see this publicity poster
Sat17Nov20189:30 - 13:00St Peter’s Conference Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA
As part of National Interfaith Week, Warwick District Faiths Forum have organised a conference 'Faiths & Sustainability: Taking Responsibility for OUR Planet'. There is great panel of speakers and this will be an excellent opportunity to listen to them and also to ask questions. There will also be stalls and information from key local service providers.
Key aims of the Conference:
To raise awareness in the community of the current environmental and economic issues
To provide the community with an outline of services and support available to them.
To provide an opportunity for members of the Community to raise issues and concerns with key service providers.
Please pass details of this Conference to friends, colleagues, family and networks. The Conference is open to the public and free to attend. To register to attend or for further information, please email: email@example.com, or telephone: 07958 589464.
09.30 Registration and Refreshments
10.00 Introduction Jatinder S Birdi, Chairperson WDFF
10.05 Welcome Fr John, St Peter’s RC Church
10.10 Faith Reflection Bill Heilbronn
10.15 Opening Reflection and Address - DCC Richard Moore, Warwickshire Police
10.20 Key Note: Beyond Religion to Tackle Environmental Issues - Don de Silva, Former Senior Official, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
Don de Silva is an environmentalist, writer and now a university Buddhist chaplain. He has direct experience of the way in which concern about the environment turned into a global movement. He was involved in organising key world environmental summits. A former senior official of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), he has initiated and managed environment and advocacy projects in many parts of the world. As a chaplain, he now works to promote mental health and well-being – through meditation and mindfulness. He also works to create awareness about what Faith can offer to Ecology, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development.
10.50 Landscape and Reconciliation - Dr Alex Albans, Reconciliation Ministry Coventry Cathedral
Alex Albans has a background in historical and cultural geography, mapping and cartography. After a number of years working for the Land Registry in Coventry he retrained as landscape architect. He has worked at Birmingham City University as a tutor and most recently as Research Fellow on a project to propose a new type of National Park which celebrates the connections between people and place. In tandem with his landscape work, Alex also works in the field of reconciliation as part of Coventry Cathedral's Reconciliation Ministry.
11.30 Local Environmental Issues - Ruth Payne, Waste Strategy and Minimisation WCC
12.00 Discussion Groups:
1) Don de Silva
2) Dr Alex Albans
3) Ruth Payne
12.40 Feedback from Workshops
12.50 Plenary and Closing comments - Dr Harriet Crabtree, Executive Director IFN UK
13.00 Vegetarian Lunch & Networking
Sun18Nov20183:45 pmStable Cottage, Birdingbury CV23 8EW
Jean and David Foroughi invite you to celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh followed by discussion 'Made from the same clay?'
Stable Cottage, Birdingbury CV23 8EW
3.45pm for a prompt 4pm start
Please RSVP to David Foroughi
Tel: 07900 188271 OR 01926 633068 OR 07826 539775
Thu22Nov20187:30 pmUnited Reform Church,40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD
The meeting in November will formally cover the AGM. The main part of the evening will be a discussion about how RIFF could develop it's activities in 2019 and beyond. Everyone is welcome! Please come join us and help us build our vision for an integrated, mutually supportive community in Rugby.
The role of RIFF is to build interfaith understanding, demonstrate solidarity and confidence in and between the different faiths represented from Rugby. We have sat together and enjoyed together a few functions each year, such as the peace walk, public talks and concerts alongside the regular monthly meetings.
We don’t have to read books or need to understand deep philosophy. We try to build open mindedness and confidence based on our personal understandings of our faith through sharing with other faiths our insights, interpretations and understandings.
The Rugby Interfaith Forum does not aim to be representative of faiths but is a gathering of people of good will willing to share their understandings of their faith and listen and talk to others, sharing insights and ideas to working together to develop an open, supportive, and friendly community drawn from the many faiths represented in Rugby.
“Our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian. I broaden my Hinduism by loving other religions than my own.”
Mon21Jan20197:30 pmUnited Reform Church,40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD
This discussion meeting is the first in a series of three meetings talking about how different faiths approach Death and the preparation for Death. This first meeting will be lead by the Orthodox Christian community.
Please come and join us for this complex and challenging topic, perhaps by bringing a short passage or teaching from your sacred texts which you have found to be instructive, inspirational, consoling or reassuring. We will learn much from this shared conversation.