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Interfaith Week 2013

Inter Faith Week 2013 

Slough Faith Partnership organised week-long events taking place to celebrate Interfaith Week this year. We had excellent speakers with plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion.

Talk and Discussion – Fear of Change: Monday 18th November at 7pm at Langley Academy, Langley Road, Slough SL3 7EF

Rev Alistair Stewart will talk on The Rhetoric of Persecution, with discussion on fear of change to one’s Faith, including the evolution of ideas, and faith and evolution.

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Speakers Reverend Alistair Steward and Atta-ul Khan

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Talk and Discussion – Fear through Faith: Tuesday 19th November at 7pm at Slough & Eton Business & Enterprise College Ragstone Road SL1 2PU

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Speakers Dr Hugh Boulter and Khalid Abdullah with chair Monique Cunningham

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Audience gather at Slough and Eton Business Enterprise College for a discussion on Fear through Faith

Dr Hugh Boulter of Oxford Diocese Committee for Interfaith Concerns talked on The Importance of Dialogue, with a Buddhist perspective provided by Khalid Abdullah.

Video and Discussion – Fear of Secularism: Wednesday 20th November at 7pm at Slough & Eton Business & Enterprise College Ragstone Road SL1 2PU

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James Gibbons of St Joseph’s Catholic High School with the evening’s Chair David Sparrow.

Young People from local schools showed their video interview with prominent Humanist Professor AC Grayling, followed by discussion on doubt, and how faith and doubt go hand in hand.

Talk and Discussion – Fear of Extremism: Thursday 21st November at 7pm at Slough & Eton Business & Enterprise College Ragstone Road SL1 2PU

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Revd Julie Wearing chairs the evening: Fear of Extremism

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Paul Salahuddin Armstrong and Mohammed Abbassi from the Association of British Muslims, and Alfred Agius, former Director of Westminster Interfaith.


Paul Salahuddin Armstrong and Mohammed Abbassi from the Association of British Muslims, and former Jesuit priest Alfred Aguis will speak, along with young people from local schools.


Talk and Discussion – Fear and Freedom of Speech: Friday 22nd November at 7pm at Iqra School, off Wexham Road, SL2 5FF


Revd Rod Cosh, Area Dean of Burnham and Slough and Nigel Cohen of the Maidenhead Jewish Community will speak, exploring the limits and responsibilities of freedom of speech.

Conference – Overcoming Fear: 

Saturday 23rd November at 2pm  at Upper School, Eton College, SL4 6EU (entry via gatehouse)

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Following on from our discussions, we use what we have learned during the week to identify ways of overcoming the hold that fear has on our lives and communities. The event is chaired by Eton College Conduct, Rev. Canon Keith Wilkinson.

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National Interfaith Week and Slough Faith Partnership

The Slough Faith Partnership and Windsor Humanists held an event at the Waterman Arms in Eton on Tuesday 24th November as part of the National Inter Faith Week  to discuss religious extremism based on the film Timbuktu shown by Slough Film Society last week.   IMG_7546

The event was a great success  with a lively discussion which ranged widely over all the many complex  issues around religious extremism in Mali, more widely across the Western and Islamic world, the process of radicalisation, segregation of religious groups on their separate  ‘belief islands’, and the influence or not of faith schools etc.  There were many opinions and perspectives expressed and listened to as you’d expect when you have over 15 people of all faiths and none present to discuss such a complex and controversial issue such as religious extremism.  WIndsor Humanists and the Slough Faith Partnership hope that we can continue to hold similar inter faith events during 2016 to continue the dialogue and debate in our local area – watch this space for advanced publicity.

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As part of the National Interfaith Week Slough Cooperative Film Society are putting on a film called Timbuktu at the West Wing Arts Centre in Slough on 19th November 2015 at 19.45. There is plenty of parking near the art centre and tickets are £5 for non members 
timbuktu3The film is about a Malian cattleman and his family facing the wrath of Islamic fundamentalists after a tragic accident. More info is on the link:

Timbuktu review on Guardian

Following the film the Slough Faith Partnership and Windsor Humanists will hold a discussion session about the impact of extreme religion on humanity -at the Waterman’s Arms in Eton on the evening of 24th November 2015 starting at 7.30pm till 9pm. All welcome.

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Celebrating Interfaith Week 2014 – Radicalisation Conference

In celebration of Interfaith Week 2014, Slough Faith Partnership and Iqra School organised a conference on Radicalisation.

The conference was held at Pinewood Hotel on 9th November 2015

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Mosque Open Day

Shared World Environmental Initiative – 1

Saturday 10th November at 6pm – St Paul’s Church Stoke Road

For more information, contact Malcolm 07909 100675

As a new venture for 2012, Slough Faith Partnership is supporting a project to encourage local
action on the environment across faith communities. Called Shared World, it aims to bring people
together in a shared space as a focus in making decisions towards a practical and local expression of our responsibility towards our shared environment. The project is a partnership between Slough Faith Partnership and the Burnham and Slough Deanery Climate Concern group.

This is the  first meeting for the project. Feedback from this event will then inform a second event at 7pm on Friday Nov 23rd at The Centre, Farnham Road. At this event, the spotlight will turn to the state of the environment both globally and locally, not only because of its crucial importance in contemporary thinking, but because most faiths have an awareness of our relationship to creation as a significant part of their self-understanding.

Inter Faith Awareness Walk

Sunday 18th November at 11.45am – meet outside Kingsway URC Church Street

For more information, contact Rafi 07887 840477 or Michèle 07919 095118

Slough is a multi-cultural town;  people living here have many different nationalities, languages, belief systems, customs and traditions, but we all share the same values of peace, respect, wisdom and harmony.

Throughout the year, Slough Faith Partnership promotes these values by organizing activities involving different faiths and community groups with the aim of increasing mutual understanding and providing opportunities to exchange ideas, socialise, and work together. This year we are proud to be holding an awareness walk in the town centre on Sunday Nov 18th, where we will meet members of the public and encourage them to get involved with our work.

Who am I? – Religious Identity of Young People

Monday 19th November at 7pm – Kingsway URC Church Street

For more information, contact David 07412 974454

Who Am I? is a project in which young people explore and discuss their religious identities. It grew out of an Inter Faith 2010 event and has now been produced and filmed at Slough Grammar School, with  Sixth-form students, teachers and Inter Faith groups taking part.

The resulting DVD – a resource for schools and other groups as a basis for debate and discussion – will be officially launched  at Kingsway, Church Street on Monday Nov 19th at 7pm. During the evening some of the students who took part will be talking about their experiences.

Police Ethics

Tuesday 20th November at 6pm – The Centre Farnham Road

For more information, Contact Zafar 07838 189380

The Slough Local Police Area Commander, Superintendent Richard Humphrey, will talk us through the challenges of establishing and maintaining legitimacy in policing and its value in building trusting relationships that deliver safer communities.

Referring to the core principles of policing in the UK and the specifics of policing in the Thames Valley, he will set out his own view of the future challenges we all face together. The event will take place at The Centre, Farnham Road, on Tuesday Nov 20th at 6pm.

Forced Marriage

Wednesday 21st November at 6pm – The Centre Farnham Road

For more information, contact Andrea 07446 187762

Chaz Akoshile, Joint Head of the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Home Office will join us at The Centre, Farnham Road at 6pm on Wednesday Nov 21st to talk about the Unit’s work.

In the UK the FMU helps victims and potential victims of forced marriage, assists those worried about friends and relatives, and supports professionals working in the social, educational and health sectors. The unit also works with embassy staff abroad to rescue victims who may have been held captive, raped, forced into a marriage or into having an abortion. In 2011 the Unit responded to some 1500 calls for help.