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May 2016 - Newsletter

Our May 2016 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - May 2016 Newsletter (Word doc, 381KB)


April 2016 - Newsletter

Our April 2016 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - April 2016 Newsletter (Word doc, 1358KB)


March 2016 - Newsletter

Our March 2016 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - March 2016 Newsletter (Word doc, 1172KB)


Recent Interfaith articles from the York Press



Our 2016 Calendar is here

Please click here to download the programme for 2016 as a Word document (60KB).


November 2015 - Newsletter

Our November 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - November 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 1638KB)


Interfaith Week programme

Interfaith Week will be held from 15th-24th Nov 2015.
York Interfaith Week Leaflet 2015 (PDF, 478KB)


October 2015 - Newsletter

Our October 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - October 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 331KB)


September 2015 - Newsletter

Our September 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - September 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 464KB)


Interfaith roots and journeys: Local and Personal perspectives

A history of the York Interfaith Group has been published by Peter Doble and Mary Hayward:
Interfaith roots and journeys: Local and Personal perspectives (PDF, 102KB)


July 2015 - Newsletter

Our July 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - July 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 796KB)


June 2015 - Newsletter

Our June 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - June 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 407KB)


May 2015 - Newsletter

Our May 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - May 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 357KB)


April 2015 - Newsletter

Our April 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - April 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 1005KB)


Wed 11th March 2015 - Ani Tselha talk

Don't forget that Ani Tselha is giving a talk on Wed 11th March (10am to 12pm, Friends Meeting House) - "From Scarborough to Samye Dzong"


March 2015 - Newsletter

Our March 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - March 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 322KB)


February 2015 - Newsletter

Our February 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - February 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 2,093KB)


February 2015 - Ani Tselha talk

Flyer for Ani Tselha's talk (Word doc, 41KB) on Wed 11th March (10am to 12pm, Friends Meeting House)


January 2015 - Newsletter

Our January 2015 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - January 2015 Newsletter (Word doc, 750KB)


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 traditions.

Best wishes,

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 forward.

YORK INTERFAITH IS AFFILIATED TO THE INTERFAITH NETWORK AND SUPPORTS THIS STATEMENT.


December 2014 - Newsletter

Our December 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - December 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 13MB)


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Twitter

We're now on Twitter as @YorkInterfaith

Interfaith Week 16.11.14 BBC recording

BBC recording (Audio, m4a format, 3.7MB, 7:46)


November 2014 - Inter Faith Week Press Release



November 2014 - Newsletter

Our November 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - November 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 467KB)


October 2014 - Newsletter

Our October 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - October 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 310KB)


October 2014 - Photos

Here is a gallery of photographs of the interfaith group:

"Faith in the city" (Aumphotos)


September 2014 - Newsletter

Our September 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - September 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 491KB)


August 2014 - Newsletter

Our August 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - August 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 611KB)


July 2014 - Newsletter

Our July 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - June 2014 Newsletter (Word docm, 616KB)


June 2014 - Newsletter

Our June 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - June 2014 Newsletter (Word docm, 259KB)


May 2014 - Newsletter

Our May 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - May 2014 Newsletter (Word docm, 12,602KB)


April 2014 - York Festival of Faith & Culture

Some photos from the York Festival of Faith & Culture:








April 2014 - Newsletter

Our April 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - April 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 493KB)


16th March 2014 - BBC Radio York interview

BBC Radio York interviewed our new Chair Avijit Datta this morning on the Jonathan Cowap programme.


Listen (mp3, 4:52)


(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 Rowntree (Quaker).

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 stimulating exchanges. 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

Our February 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - February 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 1546KB)


January 2014 - Newsletter

Our January 2014 newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - January 2014 Newsletter (Word doc, 6318KB)


11th December 2013

Dear all,

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.

Sincerely,

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 Centre).


November 2013 - Newsletter

Our November newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - November 2013 Newsletter (Word doc, 313KB)



July 2013 - Newsletter

Our July newsletter is here:
York Interfaith Group - July 2013 Newsletter (Word doc, 261KB)



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 attack.

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)


quotes:

"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 Lama


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