Archive of Religious Leaders Meetings 2013 - 2015

Bi-annual Meeting September 2015


The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called an Interfaith Summit on 8th September to find out more about the work being done by interfaith organisations and faith communities. She met with a cross-section of religious leaders from diverse faith traditions along with the Director of Interfaith Scotland and project managers of Interfaith Glasgow and the Edinburgh Inter-faith Association. Ms Sturgeon said, "Interfaith work and the contribution of faith groups is essential in transforming lives and building a strong, fairer and equal Scotland. By working together with all communities I want to see a safer, stronger and more inclusive society which we are all able to fully contribute to and benefit from".

Bi-annual Meeting November 2014


The Religious Leaders Forum met during Scottish Interfaith Week at Dunblane Cathedral. It was in Dunblane in 2002 that the first religious leaders forum had taken place and those present took the opportunity to reflect on the forum's

achievements over the course of those 12 years.


Alongside visits to numerous religious centres, they had gone out into the community, meeting at diverse places including the STV studios, schools, and the Scottish Parliament. Other significant activities have included:

  • visits to places of worship during Scottish Interfaith Week with Members of the Scottish Parliament
  • Issuing a joint statement calling for the eradication of global poverty
  • Taking part in a Q & A at two Interfaith Scotland national youth conferences
  • Organising a conference for religious leaders at Edinburgh City Chambers
  • Meeting with MSPs and working together over a two-day seminar to prepare and present a paper on 'The Place of Religion in Scotland today'

Bi-annual Meeting 27th March 2014


The Religious Leaders of Scotland met in Edinburgh on 27th March. Interfaith Scotland facilitated the meeting which was hosted by the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Click the link below for a news item that appears on the BBC website about the meeting:

Bi-annual Meeting 22nd April 2013


The bi-annual meeting of the religious leaders of Scotland took place at Broughton Academy, Edinburgh on 22nd April. Part of their discussion was on the difficulty that some religious people have of ensuring that they can have a religious funeral according to their beliefs. The Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association is pioneering the use of a card to indicate people’s preferences for funeral arrangements in the way that the Baha’i community do. This led to a general discussion of funeral rites and the prevailing attitudes to death and funerals in society today. As is the usual custom the leaders were joined by students studying Higher Religious, Philosophical and Moral Studies. The students asked some searching questions – 'what is the meaning of life' and 'are humans as intrinsically evil as they are good'. Bishop Chillingworth suggested changing one of the questions to ‘what gives your life meaning’. The responses to this led to a very interesting conversation with thoughtful insights from the leaders and the young people.


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