In today's globalised society there is a real need to create strong communities based on the recognition of our basic humanity.
We, at the West Suffolk Interfaith and Community Forum, have at our heart the desire for greater inclusivity and goodwill across society. We provide a safe space for people of all backgrounds to come together and celebrate the individual uniqueness and diversity of each and every one of us, as we contribute to the wonder which is 21st century humanity. We offer a resource of information, support, outreach, and most of all friendship for all.
We recognise that truth and right are not the sole property of any one culture, religion or belief and that, whatever our convictions, we grow when we are open to learn from one another. Any encounter with difference can be challenging; it is so much more comfortable to spend time with others who share and confirm our ideas or prejudices - but ultimately this leads to separation and fear.
Some of us believe that everyone and everything are connected in a profound and mysterious way - this connection makes the very real injustices that we encounter everyday unacceptable and a complete mystery.
The WSICF is a practical expression of our longing for goodwill, justice and harmony for each and every human being, and for all beings. By sharing and celebrating the joy of our common humanity, and allowing our own personal view on reality to be enriched, rather than threatened, by the beauty of each others' truths we take a small step towards our vision of unity.
We are ever hopeful that a world of unity and diversity is possible. Think of the laughter on the faces of Bishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama when they spend time together; this is a vivid expression of the potential that lies in engagement with inter-faith work.
From sharing food to sharing inspiring conversation, come join us in this interfaith work, to turn our richer vision of what human communities can be into a joyful reality.