WEST SUFFOLK INTERFAITH AND COMMUNITY FORUM
WHAT WE ARE, WHAT WE STAND FOR, WHAT WE DO
Celebrating diversity, Nurturing community, Building peace
In a time of growing anxiety and polarisation when racism and attacks on faith groups are on the increase, we believe it is vital to find a way for people of differing faiths, and of none, to work together.
In Bury we aim to provide opportunities
to meet together
to get to know each other
to be better informed of each other's position, and
to build relationships within the community
Our programme of events seeks to reflect this conviction. The sharing of what each of us believes and the ways belief shapes action is itself important but most important is the building up of relationships and trust. This can take time but opportunities to share food and conversation together play a key part as we gradually get to know each other.
SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE
2015 The Forum was established
2017 Assisted the local Muslim group to find a place to meet and pray.
Received a grant from Near Neighbours to support our activities.
The local Muslim group opened their time of prayer to the Forum. It was followed by a time of refreshments and meeting.
Joined with other groups in the local Jo Cox event.
Shared in an Eid event.
Met with the local MP, Jo Churchill.
Joined in the Bury Chain of Hope.
Held a public meeting to consider 'Building bridges in a time of anxiety'.
2018 Supported Newmarket Mulsim community in an open event. It included cultural and faith presentations.
A Scriptural Reasoning event on the theme of 'Neighbours'.
A presentation on the meaning of Ramadan by local Muslim children. It was followed by a joint breaking of the fast.
October 25 Scriptural Reasoning on the theme of 'Fasting'. at the Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk, IP33 2PJ, Centre 7.00pm - 9.00pm
December 9 A social evening together with Bico (Bury St Edmunds Islamic Cultural Organisation). A chance to enjoy each others company, share ideas and refreshments. At the United Reformed Church, Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds 5.00pm-7.00pm
Please note change of date and time
January 20 Interfaith meeting, the Turner Hall, Newmarket - from 12 noon