Inter Faith Week 2021

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For people of all faiths and none, the University of Kent aims to be a place of dialogue, discovery and celebration.

The University of Kent is somewhere that cultural, religious and non-religious or similar philosophical beliefs of all are respected. We have lots of communities of faith and belief which are active on our campuses, which can be great ways to meet new people, explore the area together and dialogue about ideas.

14 – 21st November is Inter Faith week, and is an opportunity to build and strengthen connections between people of different faiths and beliefs, and as we adjust to the world in a time where COVID-19 has changed some of our habits, finding new ways to make connections is vital. The nationally celebrated in the UK. The aims of this are to:

  • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels
  • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
  • Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs

Get involved in Inter Faith Week:

Listen to the ‘Kent Voices: Faith and Belief at University’ podcast hosted by journalism student Charlie, who spoke to University Chaplain, Reverend Stephen Laird, and Mantra, director of The Big Drum about what faith means to them, how they lived it as students, and what they offer to Kent students now.

How does faith affect our views on different topics? On Wednesday 17th November at 6.30pm in Grimond join a free discussion and dinner on ‘Faith and Health’, with perspectives from different faith leaders and students at Kent, and the opportunity to share your views and a free buffet afterwards if you wish.

Check out #InterFaithWeek on social media, and follow @UniKentCCL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for the latest events and meetings of worship that you can join.

University Chaplain Stephen says: “Some people are not religious at all; others are too busy following their own faith to spend time hearing about what others do and believe. Inter Faith Week is a reminder that – whoever we are and whatever our heritage or beliefs – we share our planet, and our lives, with people with different and diverse perspectives and we owe it to one another to air and share and celebrate the things that are important to us.”

Written by Natalia Crisanti, Student Services, 14.11.21

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