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WIFA is a local group and a member of the Inter Faith Network for the UK. We seek to implement the values of inter-faith dialogue and translate them into practical action in the diverse area of Watford and South West Hertfordshire.

WIFA is a multi-religious organisation, involving believers of the following faiths: Baha’i; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. All others of any faith or none are welcome to participate.

WIFA is based upon respect for religious differences as well as the conviction that religious persons and groups can work together with great value on shared commitments for their community.

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Rabbi Chalk, a hospital chaplain at Watford General, receiving his vaccination

COVID vaccination – press release

The Watford Faith leaders have noted that some of their congregants are refusing to have the vaccinations that are offered to them due to mis-information that has been circulating, so they got together to produce a statement which many have added their names to.

‘As people of faith, we are committed to the path of love for all human beings. During the pandemic, we have seen, shared in, the pain of these unprecedented times. We have seen people die, be bereaved, struggle for life, lose jobs and livelihoods, and enduring separation from loved ones. Our healthcare workers and carers have worked to the point of exhaustion, made themselves vulnerable to infection, and some have died. These sacrifices and the suffering endured must never have been in vain.
 
Love for fellow human beings has exhibited itself in many ways, especially in the way vaccines have been developed, tested and approved, and people in our local communities, our friends and neighbours are now working hard to bring these vaccines to people so that the suffering can eventually end. They are bringing hope.
 
Sadly, there are those who are spreading rumours about the vaccines that are quite simply untrue, and demonstrably so. We cannot even begin to understand why people begin these rumours. We can only appeal to you that when you receive vaccine information, please check its truth very very thoroughly before before passing it on. We believe that vaccine misinformation is, quite simply, a threat to life, a threat to future happiness, and a threat to people we love and care for. By accepting and passing on untrue information about vaccines, or refusing a vaccine for no good reason, you could make yourself responsible for someone’s death.
 
As you are aware the three vaccines approved so far by the UK authorities have undergone rigorous trials with thousands of individuals of all
ages and ethnicities and no corners were cut in the process of checking and approval. The UK has already vaccinated nearly 7 million people 
over the age of 70 with no known serious side effects. Therefore the evidence is clear that taking the vaccine is the right thing to do to protect
yourself and your loved ones.’
 
Signed, Watford Faith Leaders:
 
Revd Tim Roberts,
Revd Tony Rindl,
Revd Ian Pankhurst,
Revd Geoffrey Calvert,
Pastor Kola Siyanbola, Christians Across Watford
Shanta Bir Singh Tuladhar, Christian
Owrang Moshtael, Baha’i
T. Sri Mohan, Hindu
Chanda Shome, Hindu, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Ashwin Mehta, Srimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur UK, Jain
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein,
Rabbi Mordechai Chalk, Jewish
Shahzeb Athar, 
Mohammed Rafiuddin, Ahmadiyya Muslim
Imam Saleem,
Lateef Hussaini, Central and North Watford Mosques
Zahid Zarin, Chair of Watford Muslim Youth Centre project
Azhar Aabedi, Al-Zahra Centre
Pritam Singh Grewal, President Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Watford
Harjit Singh, Sikh Gurdwara and Chair of Watford Interfaith Association
Sharifa Chaudry, Watford Muslim Women’s Organisation

AGM

Notice of Watford Interfaith Association Annual General Meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday 23rd February on Zoom

More information on the coming events page.

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Black Lives do Matter
Our Thoughts are with all that are grieving and hurting after the tragic death in the US of George Floyd.
 
We pray that his death is a wake up call that racism has no place in our world and that those who perpetrate these crimes feel the full wrath of the Law.
 
Our faith in the Almighty must dictate our commitment to Equality and Love for all.
 
Harjit Singh, Chair of Watford Interfaith Association

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WIFA prayer meetings
 
Tuesday Zoom prayer and discussion meetings, 8.30pm alternate Tuesdays.
In light of the present circumstances and not being able to meet up with each other, it was decided to hold regular online Zoom prayer meetings. The idea for the prayer meetings was that we could pray for all of humanity, for the healing of the sick, for those who have departed and the comfort of the bereaved, and for assistance and safety of all who are serving society at this extraordinary time.
The need for unified thought and action is now and is the key for the healing of the world.
As things have progressed through 2020 and into 2021 we are also taking the opportunity of coming together to learn more about one another’s faiths
The meetings are open to all who want to join and share their favourite prayers, readings, simply listen and meditate, or join in the discussion. Come and go as you need to.
The link will be given each fortnight – contact the secretary for details
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Religious services in Watford during Lockdown

For information about religious services during the lockdown please see our new page: Covid-19 lockdown information

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A statement from WIFA
 
 
Harjit Singh, Chair of Watford Interfaith Association, has issued this statement for this holy weekend and beyond:
 
 
‘This bank holiday weekend is special for many faiths and a time when communities and families would have have been preparing for big celebrations and festivities.
 
However, Covid 19 has for all of us turned our world upside down. Some may have lost loved ones or have felt the pain by separation.
 
Alternatively ways for our communities have embraced technology to bring people together. Though we know that it cannot replace the gathering of our congregations.
 
However, this is a time to recount those historical and spiritual events that faced adversities but were overcome giving a ray of hope to the world in a period of darkness through those sacrifices that were made.
 
So from WIFA can I wish all our those faith communities a safe and a happy period over this long weekend. May we also pray for the whole of Humanity for peace and protection. As well as offer a prayer for those individuals that are protecting us both on the frontline and key workers risking themselves for others’.
 
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