Coming Events

COMING INTERFAITH EVENTS IN WATFORD
Watford Interfaith Association (WIFA) is pleased to invite you to this year’s
Harold Meyer Memorial lecture, with Dame Helen Hyde DBE as our speaker.
She will speak about the many and varied charity works that she does, and why, which promises to be a very illuminating evening.
 
7.30pm on Wednesday 24th October
University Technical College in Colonial Way, Watford, WD24 4PT
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor will host the evening
after the lecture Dame Helen will take questions from the floor.
There will be refreshments. All are welcome, and it’s free.
 
Please RSVP towifasec@aol.comso that we have an idea of numbers for catering.
 
We look forward to seeing you and members of your communities !
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There is a youth engagement programme being launched soon. The idea is to get several secondary schools in the area to agree to have an interfaith group in their school, which they can run themselves but is sponsored by WIFA as a WIFA project. Conversations have begun at Watford Boys’ and Watford Girls’ Schools and two more schools will be invited.
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The annual Interfaith Pilgrimage will be on the 18th November
at the end of Interfaith Week.
 We are delighted to say that the Al-Zahra Centre will be one of the places of worship that the pilgrims will walk to, for the first time. The walk will start with introductions at the Watford and District Synagogue at round about 12 noon, (timings to be confirmed) and walk to the Central Mosque, Vel Murugan Hindu temple, Al-Zahra Centre, Holy Rood Catholic Church and finish at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Of course you don’t have to visit every place if you don’t wish to, but these six places of worship will be open and welcoming on that day. It is a very interesting and educational experience.
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The 11th November is Remembrance Sunday
on which many will wish to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War 100 years ago. WIFA will lay a wreath on behalf of those of all faiths who have suffered due to war.
3pm outside Watford Town Hall.
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There will be a talk entitled, ‘My Spiritual Journey’, given by Zahid Zarin on January 29th, probably at Watford Fire Station. This should be very interesting as Zahid has had many interesting experiences.
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WIFA’s AGM is in February,on either the 19th or the 26th, and the guest speaker will be the Chief Inspector of our local constabulary. These talks are very illuminating,on how the police quietly keep the community safe.
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Also being planned is a talk on secularism, given by a member of the Secular Society….something different, then!

WATFORD INTERFAITH PEACE GARDEN
Work is ongoing in the Peace Garden in Cassiobury Park, with regular working parties on Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

WIFA provides the Sacred Space interfaith discussions and demonstrations for the Watford Celebration, takes part in the Side by Side Herts Fire and Rescue community initiative in which various community groups work together, belongs to the Interfaith Network for the UK and the Herts Interfaith Forum which meets two or three times a year.