Please note: Events listed here are organised by external organisations and are not the responsibility of St Philip’s Centre. Please contact the organiser of the event for further information and bookings.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY –
THURSDAY 9TH MARCH 2017
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT EVENT:
100 YEARS OF POPULAR MUSIC….
The following music event is being organised by Neve Shalom:
Tickets available from Grahame and Michele:
Proceeds will go equally to the charity for the homeless One Roof Leicester
and the Synagogue extension fund
FAITH FAIR AT SACRED HEART &
ST MARGARET MARY CHURCH
Proving that Leicester is a city that is faith- and colourful, Monsignor John Lally and his congregation hosted a day that celebrated unity in difference at St Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary Church on 9th October 2016, in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
With stalls, performances and, importantly, food to share, there was ample opportunity to learn about different religions and cultures, and to the sounds of the drums of the Zimbabwean Catholic community, Muslim, Quaker, Pagan, Baha’i and Hindu guests mingled with the Catholic congregation, giving them an opportunity to get to know their neighbours of different faiths.
For more in-depth information, there were stalls by the Baha’i community, the Bishops’ conference, the scouts and the local school, and plenty of resources to learn more about other faiths. The opportunity to add prayers to the Tree of Peace, and a chance to leave messages of solidarity for refugees, made sure that the day also had an outward impact, with people of faith, together, remembering those who are in need, while face painting for children, and the coffee and music supplied by the Ethopian community, made it a joyful occasion, too.
Ajay Aggarwal, of the Leicester Council of Faith, commented that “The faith fair was an excellent opportunity to learn more about different faiths , to engage with our neighbors, to understand more about different cultures , to talk about our faith, to develop mutual understanding . It was to show that we are able to celebrate our diversity, we can share and care and live together in harmony [and] work together for a better future.”, while Fayyaz Suleman, of the Federation of Muslim Organisations, said that “Leicester is a beacon for diversity”. Councillor Manjula Sood reminded those present that “it is very important to understand each other’s way of life [and that] we celebrate and befriend each other”, complimenting the parish on being “an integral part of community cohesion”.
Both Father Eddy Jarosz, who is the interreligious coordinator for the Bishop of Nottingham, and Katharina Smith-Müller, interreligious adviser to the bishops of England and Wales, stressed the importance of friendship between people of different religions for the city and the country as a whole.