Faith in Lancaster

Local interfaith group promoting harmony through diversity

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Faith and Free Will

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Everyone is welcome to come along and explore this topic and we hope that people from a variety of different faiths (and those of no particular faith tradition) will join us.

We will be in Room 2 at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster for conversation , discussion, community and a sharing of minds and most importantly, hearts.

7:30pm Monday 23rd May

Next week sees the marking of ten years since the 7/7 bombings in London.  This is the anniversary of a profoundly disturbing moment in our recent history in the UK.

As that anniversary approaches, many will be gathering to remember those who died and pray for understanding, justice and peace.

On Friday, many British people were among those who met an appalling death in Tunisia, with others left seriously injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and friends.

These attacks have in common with the murders of 7/7, the attempted justification of appalling acts in the name of Islam by their perpetrators. Despite their condemnation by Muslim organisations and individuals, this is an anxious time for many in the UK – not just because of the impact of overseas events on inter faith relations here but also because of the wider issues of extremism and radicalisation.

It is not just Muslims who suffer the impact of hatred and ignorance. Last week white supremacist Zack Davies was convicted of attempting to murder Dr Sarandev Bhambra of the Sikh community in Mold last year.  And this coming weekend, a neo-Nazi rally is planned in Golders Green, on the Sabbath, in one of the areas with a very large Jewish community.

Inter faith initiatives at every level have an important role to play in offering reassurance and friendship at times of anxiety and solidarity where people feel under threat, in sustaining dialogue and also enabling discussions about the tough issues we face.

A one-day national meeting for local inter faith groups is being held on 30 July in London by IFN, following a similar day in Sheffield earlier this year. Responding to extreme voices will be among the topics.  But so, too, will faith trails, working with local government, religious literacy, developing successful inter faith programmes and many other topics.  That is a reminder that inter faith engagement is not just about responding to tension and difficulty or solidarity – vital though this is. It is also about continuing to plan, vision and act for a harmonious and peaceful present and future in the UK.

Best wishes,

The 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 Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Vice-Chair

Inter Faith Network for the UK

2 Grosvenor Gardens



AGM June 2nd 2015

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Please feel free to join us at our yearly get together to discuss the way forward for 2015.

We look forward to seeing you.

If you can download a poster and display it anyway then please do so here – Faith in Lancaster June 2nd Poster

Our Interfaith Bazaar on the theme of `Inspirations for Peace’ will be held on WEDNESDAY, 19th NOVEMBER.

Starting at 7 pm, in the William Stout Room at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster,

There will be a variety of stalls representing a number of the different faith traditions in our local area. Come to the bazaar!  Visit the stalls to discuss and learn about the faiths’ beliefs and practices with regard to `inspirations for peace’.  Participate and share in meditation, prayer, silent reflection, singing… (only if you want to); ; and enjoy refreshments prepared by the East Meets West group.
See you at the Bazaar!
This event is part of the Interfaith Week Events held throughout the country, for details of all events in Lancashire click here.

AGM Tuesday June 17th

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Download Poster here at AGM June 2014

Please join us for what promises to be an exceptional talk and presentation that all will

enjoy. We owe it to ourselves to appreciate just how important we are to the universe.

Faithshare April 24th

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Our next FAITHSHARE meeting, on the theme of “How does our faith benefit the community”, is on THURSDAY 24th APRIL, and will be in ROOM 1 at the Quaker Meeting House, starting at usual time of 7.30 p.m.

This topic was raised at the last faithshare by one of the attendees who wondered if there was some way that Faith in Lancaster might contribute to the local community in ways that were perhaps more practical and of a charitable nature.

This raises the important question, how do our faiths view the wider community? What is their relationship to it? Does charity have an important message to convey to the charitable doer as much as to the receiver.

How does faith enable practitioners to reach out and participate with others who do not have the same view as themselves?

If you have any other questions please bring them along and if you have any answers please do share them with us.

A Multi-Faith Vigil for Earth Day (22nd April, 2014)
Faith, Creation and Climate Change

To be hosted at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, starting at 1930.

A reflective and meditative vigil conducted largely in silence and focusing on:

– the challenges of climate change
– the impacts on soil, water, animals and people
– the role of faith in responding to these challenges to the Earth

This event is open to all who care about the natural environment and what is happening to creation – those of all faiths and indeed people of no faith.

The event will start and finish in St. Martin’s Chapel. Weather permitting we will use a series of outside locations to focus on the different impacts listed above. Please therefore come prepared for outdoor conditions.

The total duration of the vigil will be around 1 hr. 15 mins. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards in the chapel.

This event is supported by Treading Lightly, a network associated with Churches Together Lancaster:

We will be holding a faithshare event at The Friends Meeting House on Thursday 26th March.

The topic will be “Why Share our Faiths?”

We have been coming together now over several years on a monthly basis sharing our faiths with each other. So it must be important to us!

Perhaps now we have a better sense of what we get out of this, why we think it is important to meet with people from other faiths and exchange views. Does it help us with our own Faith to hear others who also have deeply felt Faith? Do we feel that through sharing we are enabling ourselves to better understand our own Faith?

All are welcome to join us. We start at 7:30pm and usually continue to around 9pm

Tuesday 18th February, 7.30 p.m.,

Room 3, Friends Meeting House

(Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TX)

The theme of this Faithshare will be `Love’.

What is love and what does it mean to us? How do we experience love, express love, demonstrate love? How do our different faith traditions define and exemplify love? Come along and join our sharing of our thoughts and feelings, our experiences; bring a poem, a piece of writing or music, a picture, an artefact; or simply come and share with your presence as part of the group.

If you have any ideas about themes/topics for future Faithshare meetings, please do let us have your suggestions.

Given below is information about forthcoming events and ongoing groups and meetings in

Faith in Lancaster invites you to a talk and piano recital by




Stories and Music from the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

at 7:30pm on Wednesday 27th November 2013

to be held in The Meeting Room, Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, LA1 1TX

The evening will introduce the unique history of the Theresienstadt camp; the prisoners who overcame hardships to create profound musical works; and conclude with an excerpt from the last piano concerto written in the camp -Victor Ullmann’s 7th Piano Concerto.

(refreshments will be served during the evening)

All are welcome.