Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Interfaith Council for Wales - Walking Alongside our Communities

Last week was Interfaith Week. It has also been the centenary of the end of WW1 (more on this in a separate post). So it has been a busy time for me.

Addressing the audience at the Pierhead Building

Yesterday the Interfaith Council for Wales held an event. I am Chair of this Council at the moment, so I was very involved in it. It was a most joyful afternoon. I opened the event with a short speech:

"The ICW seeks to bring together in harmony people of different religions.
We celebrate our commonalities, and respect our differences.
We honour others' commitment to their religion, whilst holding integrity to our own style and form of practice.
This spirit of friendship and tolerance, is as important today as it has been in any other point in history.

In this spirit of friendship, I am delighted to welcome you to this Interfaith Council of Wales event - Walking Alongside Our Communities.

Croeso i'r digwyddiad Cyngor Rhyng Ffydd Cymru yma - Cerdded Gyda'n Cymuned.

On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank the police who are helping us today; Pered Owen-Griffiths and Julie Jones for their organisation of the event, and Andrea Adams and her team from the Welsh Assembly Government for their sponsorship and assistance in creating this interesting afternoon of interfaith activities.

So now we begin with the first activity of the afternoon. Julie Jones, vice chair of the Interfaith Council, will give a presentation about how people of different faiths came together in friendship and respect during the WW1 - Learning to Change."

Julie’s presentation was excellent and most thought-provoking.
Then the Welsh Government Minister and Leader of the House, Julie James, addressed the gathering.

This was the end of the first part of the event. We reconvened a little later at the United Reformed Synagogue, the first venue on our ‘Walking Alongside our Communities’ pilgrimage. At each of the four venues we received a short talk. The police accompanied us and saw us safely across roads. The Interfaith Council provided lamps, although it was quite a bright afternoon and they were not really needed. After the synagogue we walked to The Cardiff Buddhist Centre (a Triratna Centre), then on to Eglwys y Crwys Presbyterian Chapel, and finally to the Dar Ul-Isra Mosque. Here we had faith ‘speed dating’ and a meal. I will post photographs of the walk when I receive some from my colleagues.

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