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 the Deputy Prime Minister
"Inter Faith Weeks have had a tremendous impact since they first started in 2009. They inspire people of all faiths, and of no faith, to come together and help create the fair and tolerant society we all want to be a part of. This is an aim that I am personally committed to, and hope to have helped support by bringing people together at recent events that I have hosted.
The Week is a brilliant opportunity for people of different backgrounds to make new connections, find out more about each other and celebrate together the great multicultural society we have here in the UK.
My best wishes to everyone involved in making Inter Faith Week what it is today. I hope many communities up and down the country will get involved to make this year another great success.Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister
Message from Communities Secretary
"Inter faith social action brings our communities closer together and Inter Faith Week is a terrific opportunity to highlight this, whilst celebrating the practical contribution that our faith groups make to society.
"I hope that people of different faiths and beliefs - from local authorities, schools, and voluntary organisations across the country, will take part in some of the events that will be happening across their communities.
"Inter Faith Week, and the wider work of the Inter Faith Network in the UK, showcases perfectly what can be achieved when those of faith and those of none work together using a combination of social action and practical activities. Hopefully this week will inspire many more people to get involved."Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government