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Inter-faith week in the East of England

Just caught a feature on Radio Cambridge on Inter-faith Week in the East of England.

Here are events taking place near to Cambridge:

Sunday 21 November, 2.00 to 5.30pm, Cambridge
Inter-Faith Fair and Celebration of Community
This event being arranged by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Group with funding from Cambridge City Council through its Community Development section will be held at the Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ. The Mayor will be the first speaker followed by representatives of different faiths. The theme is “Faith and Prayer”. Local faith groups are invited to have stalls at the Faith Fair which will be in the same room as the Celebration. Refreshments will be provided free of charge.
Contact David Wilman for more information.


Monday 22 November
East of England Regional Launch
To mark the second national Inter Faith Week the East of England Faiths Council will be hosting two events:

Afternoon Exhibition and Presentation of Local Inter Faith Awards
2.30pm – 5.00pm, Cambridge

The regional launch of Interfaith Week 2010, organised by the East of England Faiths Council, will be held at the Shire Hall, Cambridge. This afternoon event will include an exhibition, presentation of local inter faith awards and a networking opportunity. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
For further information please contact Kate Phizacklea at the East of England Faiths Council on 01223 421606 or email the EEFC office.

Evening Debate: ‘Knowledge Transfer: Science, Faith and Power’
7.00pm to 9.30pm, Cambridge

The Evening Debate, organised by the East of England Faiths Council, will also be held at the Shire Hall, Cambridge. Dame Sandra Dawson, Professor of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge will chair the panel discussion on science and religion exploring the impact of religious ethics on translating scientific insights into everyday technology. The members of the panel are eminent scientists from different faith traditions:

  • Professor Sir Alan Fersht KBE FRS, Herchel Professor of Organic Chemistry at Cambridge University, Director of the MRC’s Centre for Protein Engineering
  • Dr Usama Hasan, Middlesex University, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, former lecturer at Greenwich Observatory, writer for The Guardian
  • Dr Roger Kingdon, a member of the UK scientific civil service for 23 years with a particular interest in the study of learning and intelligence in humans and machines
  • Jay Lakhani, a Theoretical Physicist by qualification, Director of Education at the Hindu Council UK and a regular contributor to BBC religious programmes
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS, former Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge and President of Queen’s College; author of 26 books on the relationship between science and religion
    For further information please contact Kate Phizacklea at the East of England Faiths Council on 01223 421606 or email the EEFC office

    Tuesday 23 November, 7.00pm, Peterborough
    Interfaith Celebration of UN Day
    This annual event at Peterborough Cathedral brings together members of different faith communities in Peterborough representing the whole spectrum of world religions. Insights will be shared on the theme of peace, and children from various communities will play a leading part. After the celebration, food and refreshments will be served reflecting the variety of cultures represented. All welcome. Please contact the Cathedral Office on 01733 355310 for more information.


    Wednesday 24 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Peterborough
    Interfaith Exhibition – Science and Religion

    The Greater Peterborough Partnership Cohesion Team with support from local Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist faith communities has planned this Interfaith Exhibition to be held at The Reception Room, Peterborough Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1QT. This is an excellent opportunity for promoting understanding between faith and the wider society; strengthening good interfaith relations at all levels.
    For more information contact Sue Rampal by email or telephone 01733


    Wednesday 24 November, 5.00pm to 8.00pm, Bedford
    Mental Wellbeing and Spirituality Debate

    Bedford Council of Faiths is organising this debate with the University of Bedfordshire Mental Wellbeing Service and Spirituality Faith Centre at the Bedford Campus, Polhill Avenue, Badford MK41 9EA. ‘Is there a place for spirituality in a holistic approach to mental wellbeing’? There will be a short presentation from a panel of speakers drawn from a variety of faith communities followed by open debate. Refreshments will be provided and there will be information stalls. This event is open to all and is free of charge. For more information contact Revd Cass Howes either by email or by telephone (01234 793177)


    For a full list of activities go to:


    Our Deanery Synod recently began a discussion on Christians/Muslim relationships which we hope to take further next year. Its great that Inter-faith week gives so many opportunities to eplore different faiths in a safe and well organised fashion.

    November 21, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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