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National Interfaith Week is now in its 9th year with events of all sorts around the country, the number increasing each year. It is always in the week from Remembrance Sunday. It began as a government proposal taken up by the National Interfaith Network.

Many different events take place, but in Cheltenham the Borough Council, the University and Cheltenham Interfaith jointly organise an event which takes a new theme each year.

Last year we considered Hospitality and Welcome in our faith communities in the light of the Refugee crises. This year it was “What gives meaning to your life?”.

We had a panel made up of the Bishop of Gloucester, the Lord Lieutenant of the County, the chairman of the Hebrew congregation, a local Imam from Gloucester and Buddhist, Hindu and Bahai representatives.

The Evening was opened by welcomes from the Mayor of Cheltenham, the Vice Chancellor and the Chairman of Cheltenham Interfaith (Fr Peter Slocombe).

The pictures show the Welcome, the BBC Radio Gloucestershire Religious Affairs Reporter interviewing panellists and another picture of Canon Ridout (former CIF chair) and  CIF Secretary Sophie Francome who is a parishioner of St Joseph’s, Tewkesbury.

There was shared food, table top discussion and some 150 people attended.

This year we had coverage by two Radio programmes and the Cheltenham newspaper.

Fr Peter

Cheltenham Interfaith November 2017

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