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

Event Information:

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017

    Monthly Discussion

    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: