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First Minister launches Scottish Interfaith week

This weekend sees the launch of Scottish Inter Faith Week, when people of faith from all over Scotland create opportunities to meet their neighbours and build bonds of friendship.

The aim of the week is to learn about each other’s faiths, promote dialogue, understanding and cooperation between Scotland’s religious communities.

The Scottish Inter Faith Council (SIFC), Aberdeen Inter Faith and the University of Aberdeen have jointly organised the event, which will be officially launched by the First Minister, Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond, MSP MP.

At this event SIFC will also launch “Religion and Belief Matter”, a document looking at the role of spirituality and religion in health. It is primarily aimed at professional health workers, in particular healthcare chaplains, and supports the new legislation on equalities, which makes discrimination on grounds of faith or belief unlawful.

This year’s launch takes place at 12.00 noon on 25 November in King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen. Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh Faiths will be represented, alongside University staff, students, civic dignitaries, religious leaders, MSPs, and others from Scotland’s diverse community.

The keynote address will be delivered by the Right Reverend Bruce Cameron, former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and former Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney on “The Richness of Diversity”, a theme which is at the heart of interfaith dialogue. It is appropriate therefore, that religious leaders from various faiths will also speak to the gathering.

An inter faith service at 11.00am will be held immediately prior to the launch in the King’s College Chapel, to which all are invited.

• Full story at the Church of Scotland.

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