Meetings and Events

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.

Meetings

Rugby Inter Faith Forum is now a network of some 30 -4- members from the main faith communities in Rugby – Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh. We meet about once a month with about a dozen people attending. Initially our reflections centred on the phrases of the millennium resolution which were drawn up with common ground between the faiths in mind. We have since ranged over such topics as festivals, prayer, scriptures, stories, prophets & holy men and women, euthanasia and what happens after death.
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

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017
    2:30 pmPeace Tree

    The event will visit the Greek Orthodox Church, Mosque, Hindu Temple and Sikh Gudwara. For more details see here.

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmUnited Reform Church, Rugby

    Discussion will be around the article 'Interfaith talks need to go beyond tea and samosas written by Lord Indarjit Singh and published in the Times on the 22nd July

    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

    Leader notes for discussion

    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)

    See here for Johm Saxe's version

    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:

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    6:30 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.

     

  • Tue
    10
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 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!

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 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.

  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    10am - 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.

    Pictures of the RIFF stand from the event 

  • Sun
    12
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    Inter Faith Week, the week when the spotlight is on inter faith understanding and cooperationso vital to a cohesive and integrated society.
  • Mon
    13
    Nov
    2017
    7:00 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

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    11am - 2pmCoventry Myton Hospice, CV2 2HJ

    An event for Faith Leaders and Health Professionals in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick
    The program includes a tour of the hospice facilities and lunch

    For more details and contact information see this publicity poster

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    10:00am - 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:

    1. 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.
    2. To provide the community with an outline of services and support available to them.
    3. To provide an opportunity for members of the Community to raise issues and concerns with key service providers.
    4. 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.

    The detailed timetable is here.

    For more details contact

    Jatinder S Birdi

    Chairperson

    Warwick District Faiths Forum

    Mob: 07958 589464

    Website: www.wdfaithsforum.org.uk

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 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

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 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.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 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.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018
    9:30am - 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 denise.mobley@mytonhospice.org or call to 01926 838897

     

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018
    7:30 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.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    9:30am - 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.

    Programme

    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: sharada60@outlook.com and Professor Paula McGee: paula.mcgee2978@gmail.com

    Download poster for Happiness and Wellbeing Conference

  • Wed
    20
    Jun
    2018
    18:30 - 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 fullest
    context. Everyone is welcome.
    Please note the earlier start time
  • Wed
    20
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 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.

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018
    14:00hrsMillenium Tree - Rugby Library
    The route and timetable will be:
    a. 14.00 Library
    b. 14.30 St Maries’
    c. 15.30 Hindu Temple
    d. 16.30 Sikh Gurdwara
  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    14:30 - 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 music

    RIFF would particularly like to thank Imogen for her interest and for lending us her support for this event.
  • Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    Various 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/

  • Mon
    12
    Nov
    2018
    1pm - 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

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    9:30 - 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:

    1. To raise awareness in the community of the current environmental and economic issues

    2. To provide the community with an outline of services and support available to them.

    3. 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: wdfaithsforum@yahoo.com, or telephone: 07958 589464.

    Program

    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.

    11.15 Break

    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

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    3:45 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

    For details see

     

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 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.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Tue
    08
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 pm70 Ashlawn Road, CV22 5ES

    This Steering Committee will be considering the program of events and meetings for 2019. If you have ideas or comments you would like to be considered during the SC please email them to contact@interfaithinrugby.org.uk

  • Mon
    21
    Jan
    2019
    7:30 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.