We are excited to announce that Dame Helen Hyde, formerly head of Watford Girls’ Grammar School, will speak for our regular Harold Meyer Memorial Lecture on October 24th, on the subject of refugees. Venue and details have yet to be finalised, but please put the date in your diaries, this is a very special evening.
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.
The Week of Prayer for World Peace Event will take place in the Peace Garden again, on Sunday 14th October, with the planting of more bulbs….many will not have survived this year’s drought……and tree planting too, as Cassiobury Park and Green Gym are taking part in a tree festival. We also hope to organise a bulb planting on a Wednesday morning just before or after the tree planting. This was very popular last year, as well as the Week of Prayer planting.
The annual Interfaith Pilgrimage will be on the 18th November at the end of Interfaith Week. We are working on which places of worship will be participating, so watch this space! The 11th is Remembrance Sunday in which many will wish to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War 100 years ago. WIFA usually lays a wreath on behalf of those of all faiths who fought.
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.
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.
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.