Dear Members of Harrow Interfaith and Friends,
The world, our world, has become a much smaller place in these last Few years. Thanks to modern communications, we can and do all share Man’s achievements and man-made, as well as natural, disasters. The recent act by just one man armed with weapons of destruction and a mindset unbalanced with hatred of Jews, has been condemned by peoples of all Faiths and no Faiths. In a community such as we enjoy in Harrow, with so many people of different beliefs, we find it difficult to comprehend just what took place and why it did so. As well as signs and messages of sympathy we again, perhaps even stronger than heretofore, resolve to understand each other’s beliefs, customs and differences, having and showing respect one for the other. May the faith of the bereaved be even stronger as we send our condolences and wish them well in the difficult days ahead.
Immediate Past Chair: Bereavement Care. 29-10-2018
WELCOME TO HARROW INTERFAITH
FORMERLY KNOWN AS HARROW INTERFAITH COUNCIL
FAITHS IN HARMONY
Our aim is to build understanding and respect among faiths in Harrow.
Harrow Interfaith is a voluntary organisation established in 1984. HIF consists of individuals and representatives of faith groups who fulfil the requirements of the organisation.
HARROW INTERFAITH works with the Harrow Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) and contributes to religious education and collective worship in schools. HIF encourages young people in their youth organisations, faith communities, local colleges and universities to participate in interfaith activities. HIF works to solve problems experienced by local faith communities in the practice of their religion.
We welcome people of all faiths and none.
|01 Oct 2018||JEWISH||SHEMINI ATZERET
Shemini Atzeret is the final day of festivities at the end of Sukkot.
|02 Oct 2018||JEWISH||SIMCHAT TORAH
Meaning “Rejoicing in the Torah”, this day marks the end of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah readings.
|09-18 Oct 2018||HINDU||NAVARATRI/DURGA PUJA/DUSSERAH
Navaratri (nine nights) is a festival in which God is adored as Mother
|01 Nov 2018||CHRISTIAN||ALL SAINTS DAY
A day to honour all saints and martyrs of the church.
|07 Nov 2018||HINDU||DIWALI (DEEPVALI)
Diwali, the festival of light, extends over five days and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance
|07 Nov 2018||SIKH||DIWALI
A Sikh festival as well as Hindu. Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of Guru Hargobind Singh during this time.
|24 Nov 2018||SIKH||MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR
A champion of religious freedom, executed for refusing to convert to Islam.
|30 Nov 2018||CHRISTIAN||ST. ANDREW’S DAY
Celebration of the patron saint of Scotland.
|03-10 Dec 2018||JEWISH||HANUKKAH
The Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrated for eight days. It commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom. During Hanukkah, Jews light one more candle each night.
|21 Dec 2018||WINTER SOLSTICE|
|25 Dec 2018||CHRISTIAN||CHRISTMAS DAY
The day celebrating the birth of Jesus.
|24 Jan 2019||BUDDHIST||BODHI DAY
A day when some Buddhists celebrate Gautama reaching enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
|INTERFAITH WEEK 2018|
Faith-based social action in our community
Harrow Civic Centre 20th November 2018 7:30pm
Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting
Harrow Civic Centre, Council Chamber
Thursday 8th November 2018
Interactive Public Meeting with BCU Commander SIMON ROSE & New Scotland Yard Det Suptd SEAN YATES, Violent and Serious Crimes Task Force.
Pre-Navratri outdoor Garba
Organised by Cllr Krishna Suresh & Gareth Thomas MP 07/10/2018
Photography by Husain Akhtar. A Harrow Monitoring Group production.