Our group is an informal interfaith network for representatives and interested members of different faiths in Dumfries and Galloway. We get together, share ideas and experiences and discuss issues of common concern. Most of our activities take place around Scottish Interfaith Week in November. The Group also has a place on the Community Planning Partnership's (CPP) Equality and Diversity Working Group (EDWG) which provides a mechanism for the council and partners to engage on all equality issues, to inform policy and to help service development. Our Interfaith Group is also invited to give a Time for Reflection at the start of Dumfries and Galloway Council meetings and has a representative on the NHS Person Centred Health & Care Committee.
If you live in the Dumfries and Galloway area and are interested in joining our Interfaith Group to represent a particular faith, or if you would like more information on the group, please contact Melinda Dolan at email@example.com
There is a large mailing list for the group, including representatives from places of worship and some community faith representatives from across Dumfries and Galloway. Information of interest is regularly circulated via the mailing list.
Becoming involved with the Faith Group gives members the chance to:
A number of interfaith events took place in Dumfries to celebrate Scottish Interfaith Week 2016 and to explore more about our local faith communities. An outline of these is below.
Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group
Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group organised an event for Scottish Interfaith Week on Wednesday 16th November on the theme of ‘Religion and the Media’, focussing on the perils of stereotyping, so common in all parts of the media. We discussed a number of questions in small groups: how can we make positive news; how can we contribute to local media; and what qualities would be needed to engage with the media about religion, faith and belief, in a constructive way? Our preparatory work for the event involved looking through newspapers to collect examples of favourable and unfavourable reporting. This showed us that, aside from the tabloid press, many newspapers seem largely indifferent to religious matters and/or reporting is neutral. Some younger people shared with us that the really negative stuff is to be found on the internet and in social media. We mounted a display of our findings, including material from the magazine ‘Positive News’.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dumfries organised an event for Scottish Interfaith Week on the theme of ‘Religion and the Media’ on Saturday 19th November.
DGMA Women's Group
Members of Dumfries and Galloway Interfaith Group have long wondered if there were any Jewish residents in the area as there is no local synagogue. Apparently from the 1860s to the 1970s there was a small Jewish community, dispersed as an unintended consequence of town centre development. Now, for the first time in nearly 50 years, Jewish people in the region gathered for a pre-Chanukah celebration organised by a local Christian minister and members of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. The history of Chanukah was described to us, commemorating the reclaiming of the Temple in Jerusalem, and emphasising the importance of the preservation of culture. Religious objects such as the menorah and the dreidl were explained and there was the opportunity to try out some artwork too, for adults and children.There was a delicious supper spread out before us, including latkes, and much animated conversation accompanied the meal.
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