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:

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Happiness and Wellbeing Conference

    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