Cardiff Third Sector Council—organised an Interfaith Tour on the 19th March. I did not know this, but ‘The Third Sector’ is the name given to the voluntary and community organisations. Their vision is for: a strong, diverse and vibrant voluntary and community sector in Cardiff.
The Interfaith Tour covered six venues: Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David; Grangetown Muslim Cultural Centre; the Parish Church of St. Dyfrig and St. Samson; The Salvation Army; The Cardiff Reform Synagogue; Shree Swaminarayan Temple. I only managed to get to one of them – the Muslim Cultural Centre.
Together with about another dozen people, I was shown the main prayer room. An Imam gave an informative talk on the Muslim faith and answered all our questions fully and in a friendly manner. I am happy that I went and wished I could have made it to some of the others. The first picture shows a bookcase with many books of the qur’an, and clocks showing the time in different countries. The carpet was particularly impressive!
Not for the first time, I wished my Buddhist Lineage had a centre in Cardiff. It would have been nice to have been included in this event. I do not feel that our shrine room, even though it is an example of an authentic gompa, would suffice as a place to be included in such an event because it is a room in a private house.