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.
February 18 'Muslims and Christians living and talking together' - a talk by Colin Chapman.
Colin is a well-known authority on life in the Middle East having lived there for many years. He is the author of a number of books including: 'Cross and Crescent', Whose Holy City?' and ' Whose promised land?'.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE
JOIN US FOR A TALK FOLLOWED BY QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION
MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS TALKING AND LIVING TOGETHER
SPEAKER: COLIN CHAPMAN
Author and lecturer on Interfaith matters
MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2019
7.00pm at the United Reformed Church
Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds
Free entry, donations welcomed
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.
DECEMBER 9 A Celebration of Friendship
Around 50 of us came together in the United Reformed Church BSE for a delightful evening of getting to know one another and sharing a meal. Children gathered on a mat to hear the story of the early life of the Prophet up to the first revelation, and then the story of Advent from the Christian tradition. The children (and the adults) gave this their full attention! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to make this such an enjoyable event.