The audio recording of Clive Fowle’s talk for the RIFF Annual public Lecture in 2017 is now available on the RIFF website
The RIFF 2018 program of discussion events is now available on the RIFF website.
There will be additional events including the Public Lecture and the Peace Walk, details of which will be posted when the date are confirmed.
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.
For more information see event details here
An event for Faith Leaders and Health Professionals in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick at the Coventry Myton Hospice
on Thursday 16 th November.
For more details see this publicity poster
This year’s partnership event between Warwickshire CAVA, Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council will take place on Saturday 4th November. The purpose of the event is to promote the activities, services and organisations available to the community across Rugby Borough.
The format for the event will be a market place of displays from the voluntary, community and public sectors with lots of information about local groups, activities and services on offer within the Borough. There will also be a series of short workshops throughout the day as follows:
· Anxiety Management Workshop
· A Warmer Rugby: help to stay warm and well this winter
· Craft activity
· Staying safe online
Free refreshments (hot drinks) will be available throughout the day. There are no stands left available to book, but please do come along to the event to network and see what is on offer. A range of organisations will be there on the day including:· P3· Hill Street Youth and Community Centre· Girlguiding Rugby· Fareham Trust· Victim Support· Futures Unlocked· Rugby Credit Union· Penderels Trust· Rugby CAB· Lansdowne Allotment Association· Rugby U3A· Warwickshire Central Fostering Services Team· Rugby Methodist Church Centre· mi-life· Fareshare· Alzheimer’s Society· The Percival Guildhouse· Making Space· Myton Hospice· Equip· Rotary Club of Rugby· Urban and Civic Management Ltd· St Basil’s· Rugby Interfaith Forum· Family Information Service· WRCC Back&4th· Rugby Bipolar UK Support Group· Severn Wye Energy Agency/Marches Energy Agency· Hope 4· Addaction· Family Information Service· Warwickshire Fire And Rescue· Coventry & Warwickshire Mind· Warwickshire Police· Rugby Art Gallery and Museum· Works4Me· Rugby Gardeners· Greenwich Leisure Ltd· WCC Libraries· Rugby First Responders· Age UK Warwickshire
A poem by Frances Deegan
Don’t tell me about your god,
Tell me about you.
Don’t tell me about your religion,
Tell me about how it guides your dealings in the world.
Don’t tell me about your faith,
Tell me how it supports you in adversity and suffering.
Don’t tell me about your worship,
Tell me about your awe at the beauty of the universe.
Don’t tell me about life after death,
Tell me about the reverence you feel for the life force Within you and all of nature.
Don’t tell me yours is a chosen people,
Tell me of your desire to love and understand people of all faith’s and cultures.
Don’t tell me your religion is greater than all others,
Tell me of your love for it and how much peace and contentment it brings you.
Don’t tell me how separate your god wants you to be,
Tell me about your oneness with all life.
Don’t tell me how big your god is,
then kill and maim in his name
Tell me he is your god and does not need you or any man to defend him
Don’t tell me of your god.
Tell me about you, and then I will see your god through you.
By Frances Deegan
Texts and background notes that were discussed at the 24th September RIFF discussion meeting on challenges in interfaith dialog are now available here .
The latest British Social Attitudes survey (BSA) reports that the percentage of people who describe themselves as ‘not religious’ is at its highest since the survey began. In 2016, 53% of respondents said that they did not belong to any particular religion. Back in 1983 that figure was 31%.
A significant headline from the survey is “While across the board religious groups are more conservative in their views than the non-religious, they have become increasingly liberal in their views”
This highlights the growing need to need to draw into the interfaith discussion people with no declared religion but none the less have equally important insights on the moral, ethical, philosophical issues at the centre of interfaith dialogue.