The Women who built the Sikh Empire

This fascinating lecture was held in Rugby in  October 2017 is now being repeated in Birmingham. The lecturer is Dr Priya Atwal (PhD in History at the University of Oxford), who speaks about her research on Sikh History. For the Rugby event all ticket sales went to ‘Unite in Virtue’ – a charitable organisation which helps those in need and holds a weekly food bank in Birmingham. In doing so we raised ~£600 to help sustain the Food Banks.

The Sikh community are organising a similar event with the same lecturer (Dr Priya Atwal) who will give a talk/presentation about Women in the Sikh Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will take place in Birmingham at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre. Tickets, (£5:00) can be purchased on-line. The goal of this fundraiser is to achieve £1000 to go direct to ‘Unite in Virtue’ in order to start two new Food Banks, one in Coventry and a new one in Leicester. The money will help volunteers buy food, an urn for hot drinks, tables, paper/polystyrene cups, plastic cutlery, plastic containers etc on a weekly/monthly basis.

Please publicise and advertise this event to help this event flourish and succeed to its maximum potential. More details can be found on the Rugby Interfaith Forum website here

Judgement! – Part 3 of the RIFF discussions on Death and Preparing for Death

Just a quick reminder that the next RIFF discussion group meeting will take place this coming Wednesday, 20 March 2019, at 7:30pm at the United Reform Church, 40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD.

This discussion meeting is the third in a series of three meetings talking about how different faiths approach death and the preparation for Death. This discussion will consider ‘Judgement’ and will be led by the Baha’is.
All very welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes
RIFF Secretary

A Sign of Hope!

I am sure that friends of RIFF will be very interested to read and share widely, this profound and deeply significant document that has been released jointly by Pope Francis and The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi, 4 Feb 2019.

It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters.

Read and/or download this document here –

Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together

Riff discussion ‘Death and Preparing for Death’ part 2

The next RIFF meeting will continue the topic ‘Death and Preparing for Death’. It will take place on Tuesday the 19th February at 7:30 pm at the United Reform Church, 40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD.

This discussion is the second in a series of three meetings talking about how different faiths approach Death and the preparation for Death and what follows in the journey hereafter. This meeting will be led by the Sikh and Hindu community and follows on from the first discussion led by the Orthodox community.

Please come and join us for this deeply interesting and challenging topic. We have much to share in this conversation.

Full information about this event is to be found here.

Join us for the first RIFF discussion of 2019 – Death and the preparation for Death – Part 1

The first RIFF meeting of 2019 is a discussion meeting on the topic ‘Death and Preparing for Death’ part 1 This will take place on 21st January 2019 at 7:30 pm at the United Reform Church,40 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV22 5AD.

This discussion is the first in a series of three meetings talking about how different faiths approach Death and the preparation for Death and what follows in the journey hereafter.

Please come and join us for this complex and challenging topic, perhaps by bringing  a short passage or teaching from your sacred texts which you have found to be instructive, inspirational, consoling or reassuring. We will learn much from this shared conversation.

Looking forward to seeing you.
With best wishes for the New Year
RIFF Secretary

Deyhim Foroughi of the Bahá’ís sends us this Christmas thought

Though Bahais do not celebrate Christmas in the same way as Christians,However Bahais do reflect during these days about the enduring influence of the birth of Christ.

Bahaullah says in one of His writings :”..We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. Through Him the unchaste and wayward were healed. Through His power, born of Almighty God, the eyes of the blind were opened and the soul of the sinner sanctified…. He it is Who purified the world. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him.”

Join the RIFF discussion on Nov 22nd to plan it’s activities for 2019

The RIFF meeting in November is formally the AGM. However the main part of the evening will be a discussion about how RIFF could develop it’s activities in 2019 and beyond. Everyone is welcome! Please come join us and help us build our vision for an integrated, mutually supportive community in Rugby.

The role of RIFF is to build interfaith understanding, demonstrate solidarity and confidence in and between the different faiths represented from Rugby. We have sat together and enjoyed together a few functions each year, such as the peace walk, public talks and concerts alongside the regular monthly meetings.
We don’t have to read books or need to understand deep philosophy. We try to build open mindedness and confidence based on our personal understandings of our faith through sharing with other faiths, our insights, interpretations and understandings.

The Rugby Interfaith Forum does not aim to be representative of faiths but is a gathering of people of good will willing to share their understandings of their faith and listen and talk to others, sharing insights and ideas to working together to develop an open, supportive, and friendly community drawn from the many faiths represented in Rugby.

“Our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian. I broaden my Hinduism by loving other religions than my own.”

Mahatma Gandhi

For detailed information on time and place for the meeting see AGM and Discusssion Event