Inter Faith Week 2016 will run from Sunday 13 November - Sunday 20 November in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Why an ‘8 day week’? This year, the Week begins on Remembrance Sunday and many people of different faiths and beliefs will be marking that in some way. It is hoped that the additional Sunday will provide the opportunity for other weekend events to take place.
Message from Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network
"Inter faith understanding and cooperation are of year-round and ever growing importance but national Inter Faith Week provides a special time in the year when the spotlight falls on these issues. It is a time when people in communities around the country highlight the significance of faith and the contribution that faith communities make to society. Young and old of all backgrounds get the chance to find out more about their neighbours’ faiths and beliefs and to discuss, debate, learn, contribute together to projects and celebrate their diversity. Finding commonalities, sharing what matters most deeply to us, asking questions, exploring differences of view – these are all part of the Week. We hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to join in one of the hundreds of events happening."The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson and Mr Vivian Wineman, Co-Chairs of IFN
Message from the Prime Minister
"Inter Faith Week is now a well regarded fixture in the faith calendar and I am delighted it is going from strength to strength. The Week plays an important role in bringing together people, and I would encourage everyone to get behind this year's activities. There is no better way of celebrating the richness and diversity of faith in our country."
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
Message from Communities Minister, Baroness Williams
“Inter Faith Week is an excellent opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the rich diversity of our communities.
“Whatever you plan to do, from holding a discussion event to opening up places of worship or volunteering together, I hope that you will help make it a truly memorable occasion.
“This year, the start of the Week coincides with Remembrance Sunday, so it’s a further opportunity to remember the soldiers and civilians of different faiths and beliefs who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today."Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister with responsibility for integration and faith at DCLG