York Interfaith News (Archive)
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
May 2016 - Newsletter
April 2016 - Newsletter
March 2016 - Newsletter
Recent Interfaith articles from the York Press
Our 2016 Calendar is here
November 2015 - Newsletter
Interfaith Week programme
October 2015 - Newsletter
September 2015 - Newsletter
Interfaith roots and journeys: Local and Personal perspectives
July 2015 - Newsletter
June 2015 - Newsletter
May 2015 - Newsletter
April 2015 - Newsletter
Wed 11th March 2015 - Ani Tselha talk
Don't forget that Ani Tselha is giving a talk
Wed 11th March (10am to 12pm, Friends Meeting House) - "From Scarborough to
March 2015 - Newsletter
February 2015 - Newsletter
February 2015 - Ani Tselha talk
January 2015 - Newsletter
January 2015 - Interfaith Network statement
Please find the following IfN (Inter Faith Network) statement in response to the
attacks in France:
Circular 1/15 8 January 2015
Dear Inter Faith Network contact,
The New Year brings fresh possibilities and opportunities.
It has also, this year, brought news of disturbing demonstrations in Germany and
yesterday's murders in France.
In the UK, we are fortunate to have a generally strong record of community
relations and inter faith engagement but this can never be taken for granted and
echoes - from near as well as far - of destructive responses to dealing with
difference are always of concern.
IFN's vision is of a society where there is understanding of the diversity and
richness of the faith communities in the UK and the contribution that they make;
and where we live and work together with mutual respect and shared commitment to
the common good. With our member bodies, we work to that end, like many others
here, elsewhere in Europe and around the world.
Some of you will have seen the
Queen's Speech on Christmas Day
. This year it had reconciliation and
understanding as its core theme. We were struck by the reference in this to the
importance of respect for people of all faiths and none. We share it with you.
With every good wish for your own work in the coming year: both to foster
understanding and cooperation and to dispel misunderstanding, combat prejudice
and develop ways to work together to tackle areas of difference peaceably and
effectively in ways which respect the integrity of our different faith
Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE (Co-Chair)
Vivian Wineman (Co-Chair)
Dr Girdari L Bhan (Vice-Chair)
Mohinder Singh Chana (Vice-Chair)
Maulana M Shahid Raza OBE (Vice-Chair)
The Ven Bogoda Seelawimala (Vice-Chair)
With our member bodies, we work to that end, like many others here, elsewhere in
Europe and around the world. In the months ahead, for many this will include
tackling issues with a link to the Paris attacks and subsequent events. Please also
keep us in touch with any events or programmes of work which you may be taking
YORK INTERFAITH IS AFFILIATED TO THE INTERFAITH NETWORK AND SUPPORTS THIS STATEMENT.
December 2014 - Newsletter
Interfaith Week 16.11.14 BBC recording
November 2014 - Inter Faith Week Press Release
November 2014 - Newsletter
October 2014 - Newsletter
October 2014 - Photos
September 2014 - Newsletter
August 2014 - Newsletter
July 2014 - Newsletter
June 2014 - Newsletter
May 2014 - Newsletter
April 2014 - York Festival of Faith & Culture
April 2014 - Newsletter
16th March 2014 - BBC Radio York interview
BBC Radio York interviewed our new Chair Avijit Datta
this morning on the
Jonathan Cowap programme.
(reproduced with kind permission of the BBC)
March 2014 - York Interfaith Group evolves and expands
York Interfaith Group is fascinating and inspiring York residents and visitors who
are seeking to answer the deeper questions of life, death and everything! It is
comprised of members of the major world religions including Bahai, Buddhist,
Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh. The group is thriving and last night
elected a new set of officers: David Wilkes (Methodist) stepped down as Chair after
two years of faithful service and Martin Nathanael (Jewish Anglican) stepped down as
Group Secretary. The new Chair is now Avijit Datta (Hindu), Vice Chair is Dee Boyle
(Unitarian), the Treasurer remains Jerry Karlin (Jewish), the Publicity and
Communications Officer is Mark Cosens (LDS) and the new Group Secretary is Janet
Despite perceptions that religion appears to be in broad decline, York Interfaith
Group is growing strongly; achieving attendance of up to 60 people at fascinating
and stimulating monthly meetings (in August 2013). There are still plenty around who
do wonder and question what the meaning and purpose of this life may be. So each
month, a particular religious or philosophical theme is presented and discussed.
Examples include 'life after death', 'authority in religion', 'the golden rule',
Modern Buddhism, the Role of Women and other themes conducive to creating
York members and friends come to learn about each others' faiths, customs and
festivals in a congenial atmosphere, to better understand those which aren't
immediately familiar and to build magnanimous friendships amongst the common threads
of the various beliefs.
February 2014 - Newsletter
January 2014 - Newsletter
11th December 2013
Following a recent, unprovoked attack on Imam Hafiz Salik, a well-known, elderly
gentleman who has long served the Hull community in a varity of roles, the Hull
Mosque leader has nobly appealed for calm. We applaud his wisdom.
Imam Salik may lose sight in one eye after being punched by a thug who stopped his
car and attacked him in front of his family.
In sympathy and friendship, York Interfaith Group expresses sincere best wishes and
solidarity with Imam Salik and his family.
We also condemn this violent attack.
On behalf of David Wilkes (Chairman) York Interfaith Group
"Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi
p.s. Please note that there has been a room change for the YIG evening next March
(just from the Clementhorpe room to the Denham room, but still at the Priory St
November 2013 - Newsletter
July 2013 - Newsletter
23rd May 2013 - Statement from the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith
Network for the UK
We learned with deep shock and great sadness of the murder of a young member of the
armed forces in Woolwich yesterday afternoon. Such acts of violence and terror have
no place in our society.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.
The attackers linked their actions with the religion of Islam. Statements from major
national Muslim bodies have, in the ensuing hours, condemned the act in the
strongest terms and stressed its lack of connection to - and complete contradiction
of - teachings of Islam. Even so, there have been attacks on two mosques over the
course of the last 24 hours and concerns expressed about the possibility of further
Our thoughts and prayers are also with any whose places of worship or personal
safety are affected.
In the wake of this terrible attack, all who share a commitment to a peaceful, safe
and just society have a vital role to play in strengthening community bonds and
working for greater understanding and mutual support at times of difficulty.
Dr Manazir Ahsan MBE (Co-Chair)
The Revd Bob Fyffe (Co-Chair)
Dr Girdari Lal Bhan (Vice-Chair)
Mr Mohinder Singh Chana (Vice-Chair)
Mr Dorab Mistry (Vice-Chair)
Mr Vivian Wineman (Vice-Chair)
and our newsletter with local & above statement is here:
York Interfaith Group -
June 2013 Newsletter
(Word doc, 1.4MB)
"I would encourage members of the Church wherever they may be to show kindness and
respect for all people everywhere. The world in which we live is filled with
diversity. We can and should demonstrate respect toward those whose beliefs differ
from ours" - Thomas S Monson
"I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to
promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various
religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work" - The Dalai
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