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.


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

    WDFF Conference - Faiths & Sustainability: Taking Responsibility for OUR Planet

    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:, or telephone: 07958 589464.


    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