Multi-Faith Centre: Encounters- a 7 part series discovering the basics of the world religions.

6X4A8181aReligious intolerance is a prominent issue in our society. There were 3,254 recorded incidences of religious hate crime in England and Wales in 2014/15. This is a rise of 18% on the previous year.  What then should we do as people who want to understand religion and belief? Will discussions regarding faith and belief always focus on differences and lead to conflict or can we come together in a spirit of learning, celebrate commonality and reframe differences in a positive light?

This Encounters series will provide an opportunity to experience informal visits to different places of worship and to discover more about faith and festivities.

The Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby will be hosting a 7 part series, running from January to April as part of its Spring 2016 programme. Each evening will involve a visit to a place of worship, where a host will support our exploration of central ideas of faith, practice and worship.

 This series will provide an opportunity for people to Encounter Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and the Bahá’í faith, with a celebration evening at the end of the series where food and music can be enjoyed amongst new friendships.

 Car sharing will be encouraged for this series. Upon booking please indicate if you would like to provide transport for other participants or if you would like to request transport.

Due to the nature of the series, places are limited. To book yours please email or call 01332 591285. This series can be booked as a whole or individual visits can be selected.

 Encounters schedule:

All visits 7-8.30pm

26/1/16 Visit to Jamia Mosque, 6 Rose Hill St, Derby, DE23 8GA.

9/2/16 Visit to the Guru Arjan Dev Sikh Gurdwara, Stanhope St, Derby, DE23 6QJ.

23/2/16 Visit to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Dairyhouse Rd, Derby, DE23 8HP.

8/3/16 Visit to the Buddhavihara Buddhist Centre, Kings Bromley, DE13 7HR. 

22/3/16 Visit to the Nottingham Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Lloyd St, Nottingham, NG5 4BP.

12/4/16 Visit to the Geeta Bhawan Hindu Temple, 96-102 Peartree Road, Normanton, DE23 6QA. 

19/4/16 A celebration evening event will be held at the Multi-Faith Centre, hosted by Pam Sutton and others from the Baha’i faith to bring together interests and experiences from the series. There will be a variety of world food and music.