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