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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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WIFA’s 40th birthday

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WIFA’s response to recent events in Manchester

We, as people of faith in Watford, wish to add our own to the many voices expressing their deep sadness and bewilderment at the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night. We send our deepest condolences to those who have been bereaved, injured and traumatized, and to the whole population of Manchester itself. We give thanks for the selfless care shown by the emergency services, and many other citizens who have opened their hearts and homes. It is our shared belief that the best reaction to such events is to love where people try to make us hate, to unite where people try to drive us apart, to stand firm where people try to make us fear, and to endeavour to bring fulfilment and peace to everyone within our reach.
Fr Geoffrey Calvert, on behalf of Watford Interfaith Association.
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WIFA is 40 years old this year

You are invited to

WIFA’S 40th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday 9th July 2017

2.30—5.30pm

The James Theatre, Watford Boys’ School

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Summer is here and work in the Peace Garden is ongoing.
Go to the Watford Peace Garden page to find out when you can help.
 
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A response to the events in Westminster on 22 March

As people of faith in Watford, we are shocked and saddened by the senseless and futile violence of Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster. Such actions are totally contrary to the path of peaceful co-existence in which we believe, and the mutual respect in which we hold each other, and all people of goodwill. Even so, we are heartened that, though one person acted with hatred and violence, many hundreds, of all faiths and none, acted to save and preserve lives, and were prepared to put themselves at risk to do so. We especially recognize the bravery of PC Keith Palmer, and his colleagues in the police and other emergency services, and pray for the families, friends and colleagues of all those who died. In the aftermath, the outpouring of compassion for those bereaved, injured and traumatised was much more significant and meaningful for us than the negative and nihilistic act that occasioned it. Let us hold in our hearts the light of those who heal, save, and preserve, rather than the darkness of those who hate. Through our experience, we particularly know the Muslim people of Watford to be valued peace-loving members of our community who abhor such actions as all of us do. Prayers are being offered this weekend by all faith communities for those most severely affected by the attack.
Best Wishes
Fr Geoff

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Mayor’s charity Christmas card makes world of difference to

Watford Interfaith Association

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Front row, left to right: Judith Bruni (WIFA), Father Geoff Calvert (chair of WIFA), Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, Harjit Singh (WIFA), Francoise Murphy (WIFA).

Back row, left to right: Owrang Moshtael, (WIFA), Jeff Bateman (WIFA), Yogesh Joshi (WIFA)

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Every year the elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, sends out a Christmas card, sponsored by local firms. Every year the money collected goes to the Mayor’s chosen charity. This year the Watford Interfaith Association – with an annual budget usually running at around six-hundred pounds – has received £3,800.

Chairman of WIFA, Father Geoff Calvert, said “This money will really change what we can offer Watford in 2017 – our fortieth anniversary year. Last year we couldn’t afford to put on our memorial lecture, because we couldn’t hire a venue. Now we will be able to share ideas with people of all faiths and of none. Plus we’re putting the final touches to our labyrinth in the Peace Garden in Cassiobury Park – which will also be funded by this generous gift.”

Dorothy said “I’m really touched by the generosity of the firms who support my Christmas card – thank you Warner Brothers, West Herts Golf Club. Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Everyone Active, the Intu centre, The Prince of Bengal and WH Humphreys and Son. Your kindness means the Watford Interfaith Association can continue its important work – on projects like the Interfaith Pilgrimage and Sacred Space – well into the future.”

This year’s card shows a photograph from 1953 of the bandstand in the snow – it remains to be seen whether that will be replicated in 2016, with the bandstand freshly renovated thanks to a Heritage Lottery/Big Lottery grant, and back in its original position in Cassiobury Park.