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Interfaith Week 2022

Religion & Belief
Sunday 13 - Sunday 20 November, 2022

Inter Faith Week takes place from Sunday 13 – Sunday 20 November. It provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships and understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs.

This awareness week intends to create increased understanding of the diversity of faith communities in the UK, and celebrate their contribution to society. Inter faith cooperation and understanding between staff and students of different religious and non-religious backgrounds are vital to the development of a diverse community at the University of Leeds. We encourage this through specialist guidance and support for inter faith and faith groups.

Events and Activities 

University of Leeds

Religious Diversity in the Workplace
Date: Nov 15, 12-1pm
Location: Online
About: The University of Leeds Muslim Staff Network (MSN) in collaboration with Office for National Statistics and the National Physics laboratory presents a session including representatives from different UK institutions to share their experiences of supporting organisational and cultural change. "In our multi-cultural society, we regularly interact with people who have different religions, faiths, or non-religious core-beliefs. Unfortunately, UK culture has historically avoided talking about this topic, resulting in wide-spread misinformation, prejudice, and discrimination." The panel includes: Maria Hussain, Lecturer Business Management and Co Chair of the MSN, University of Leeds, Steve Martin-Drury, Office of National Statistics and Sebastian Wood, National Physical Laboratory, who will share their experiences of supporting organisational and cultural change.

Various local and national Inter Faith events
Date: Sunday 13 – Sunday 20 November
About: The Inter Faith week campaign events calendar collates local and national events taking place during this week.

GAIA - Hope and Despair
Date: Nov 14, 6-9pm
Location: Leeds Church Institute, Leeds Sanctuary
About: Leeds Church Institute and Leeds Sanctuary will be hosting an immersive evening of diverse voices and creative responses to climate change with the unique Gaia artwork installation as the backdrop. A range of community speakers will share their focus and faith about the climate crisis with the emphasis on our earth.

Light for Leeds - An Interfaith Week Event with Music
Date: Nov 20, 12-4pm
Location: Kirkstall Abbey
About: Featuring representatives of different faiths and non-faith organisations. There will be stalls in the Rose Room, Kirkstall Abbey's Visitor Centre and outdoor performances.

University support and resources 

The University has a range of support and resources available to support staff and students in relation to religion and belief. This includes information about;

University Inter Faith and Faith Groups

The University has a number of inter faith and faith groups for staff and students;

External Inter Faith Groups and Networks

There are a variety of external groups and networks that promote inter faith understanding: