York Interfaith News
July 2019 - Please Note
On July 2nd there will be no meeting in York as we are going on a visit to the Sikh Gurdwara in Leeds, LS11 6DP. We are due to be at the Gurudwara by 6.15 for the visit to start at 6.30. We will be leaving not long after 8pm to allow plenty of time for people to travel back to York in time for any buses they have to catch. Lifts and a minibus have been arranged for all those who informed Avtar that they wanted to attend as those at the Gurudwara needed to know numbers for food that they are going to prepare for the visitors. Please do let him know if you are now not able to go on the visit so that those organising transport do not waste time waiting for anyone.
For those going to the Gurudwara please remember to dress modestly and remember that no shoes are allowed inside the prayer hall itself. You will also have to wear a head covering (scarf, bandana or handkerchief). Head coverings for those who forget them are usually provided. They normally sit on the floor in the prayer hall but there are seats at the back for those who need them. Footwear is allowed in all other areas of the Gurudwara.
Next YIG Meeting
The next meeting in the Hudson Room at the City of York Council, West Offices will be on August 6th at 7.30pm. This is our Annual Planning Meeting where we discuss ideas for York Interfaith Week in November and also put forward ideas for the YIG 2020 programme. If you have ideas that you want to be considered during either of these two programmes please do join us from 7.30 onwards. We are also going to be sharing some simple vegetarian finger food during the evening, so please do bring something along to share with others. Please note that there are no kitchen facilities at the venue and also no cutlery hence the need for it to be 'finger food' only. If for any reason you can't attend then please send your thoughts and ideas to someone who is going along so that they can be included.
July 2019 - Newsletter
June 2019 - Newsletter
May 2019 - Newsletter
April 2019 - Events in Sri Lanka
We are deeply saddened by the events in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, even more so, as it was the Holiest Day in the Christian Calendar. Once again innocent lives have been lost, families broken and divisions created by the horrific acts of minority, idealistic, groups.
We offer the prayers and thoughts from all members of the Committee.
April 2019 - Newsletter
March 2019 - Newsletter
March 2019 - Constitution
February 2019 - Newsletter
December 2018 - Newsletter
November 2018 - York Interfaith Week
October 2018 - Newsletter
September 2018 - Newsletter
August 2018 - Newsletter
July 2018 - Newsletter
June 2018 - Newsletter
May 2018 - Newsletter
April 2018 - Newsletter
March 2018 - Visit from Archbishop Sentamu
We are delighted to welcome Dr John Sentamu to speak at our March Interfaith evening.
Please note there is a room change: now in the Hudson Room, West Offices.
March 2018 - Newsletter
February 2018 - Newsletter
January 2018 - Newsletter
December 2017 - Newsletter
November 2017 - Newsletter
November 2017 - York Interfaith Week
The programme of events for York Interfaith Week 2017 (12th-19th November) is now
(Word doc, 265KB)
October 2017 - Newsletter
September 2017 - Newsletter
August 2017 - Newsletter
July 2017 - Newsletter
June 2017 - Newsletter
May 2017 - Newsletter
April 2017 - York becomes the UK's first Human Rights City
On 24 April 2017, the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor, will declare York to be the UK's first Human Rights City.
As the UK's first Human Rights City, York has the ambition to use human rights in decision making, promote awareness and debate about human rights and ensure all residents' rights are respected.
The Merchant Taylors' Hall, Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX
- 5:30pm general arrival
- 5:45pm event start
- 6:30pm reception
for information. The event is free but space is limited. Please book your ticket via Eventbrite
. Tickets are going quickly! If tickets sell out in your category, please join the waitlist as more will likely become available closer to the date.
The Hall is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available for disabled guests but needs to be reserved in advance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please get in touch to confirm any other accessibility requirements.
Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to pledge their support for York as the UK's first Human Rights City here
April 2017 - Newsletter
March 2017 - Newsletter
February 2017 - YIG visit to Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in Scarborough
On 9th February a group of 21 people from York Interfaith Group travelled
over to Scarborough for an evening visit to the new Buddhist centre there.
We were met by Ani Tselha who is a Tibetan Buddhist nun living in the town
and who is now the manager of the centre. We were greeted by Ani on our
arrival at the centre with a most welcome cuppa in their lounge area. We
were then shown into the prayer room / shrine room where Ani led us in a
short mindfulness meditation. She then told us some of the history of the
building, the story behind the Tibetan monks and how it is linked with Samye
Ling Monastery and Centre in Scotland how the Buddhist group came to be
using this place in Scarborough and finally what their hopes are for the
community centre and how they want it to be of use for various groups in
We ended the evening with a look around the rest of the
building which is still currently undergoing complete renovation and
rebuilding. It is a most amazing and huge project that they are undertaking
and we wish them all well with their plans. We were all made to feel most
welcome at the centre and were impressed by all the things that are planned
for the centre and look forward to a return visit in the future to see how
things are progressing there.
If anyone would like to see the centre for
themselves but were unable to go on the visit just have a look at their
February 2017 - Newsletter
January 2017 - Newsletter
December 2016 - Newsletter
November 2016 - Interfaith Week - BBC Radio York Interview
November 2016 - Newsletter
November 2016 - York Interfaith Week Programme
The programme of events for York Interfaith Week 2016 (13th-20th November) is now
Corrections to the published programme:
The York Mosque Open Day on the 14th of November runs until 4.30pm NOT 6pm.
The Liberal Jewish service on the 19th of November is on the (other) All Saints school site, which is Nunnery Lane NOT Mill Mount.
November 2016 - Tree Planting - York Interfaith Week
For York Interfaith Week we will carry out our Youth Interfaith Tree-planting Event
on Saturday the 19th of November from 10am-12pm
The postcode is YO30 5RR. The site is next to the park and ride site, so there is
lots of car parking and toilets and we have a classroom with kitchen, which we will
use as a meeting space and to have our 'Pizza 'n juice' after the tree-planting.
Please come along and bring warm clothes, gloves, spades if you have them and lots
of good cheerfulness!
'the Interfaith Week is generously supported by a grant from the Interfaith
Our 2017 Calendar is here
October 2016 - International Meal
An International Shared Meal
will be held on
Saturday 29th October 2016 from 6pm-9pm
at Acomb Parish Church Hall
Front Street, Acomb, York YO24 3BX.
See the poster
for more details.
October 2016 - Newsletter
September 2016 - Newsletter
August 2016 - Newsletter
July 2016 - Newsletter
June 2016 - Newsletter
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