Notice of Watford Interfaith Association Annual General Meeting
7.30 pm Tuesday 23rd February on Zoom
This year’s AGM will be a little different to usual, partly because we are still unable to meet safely in person, and partly because our Constitution has come under revision and needs to be accepted by the membership. This formal business, along with reports will not take too long before we can settle in to listen to our guest speaker, Anthony Curran, who is interfaith chaplain for Watford Hospital. MP Dean Russell and Elected Mayor Peter Taylor, Patron of WIFA, will also be present.
The AGM is the time when we renew membership. The fee has remained at £10 for many, many years. Normally the fees would be collected at the event, but this year it will be necessary to send a cheque to Francoise Murphy as detailed in the notice, or pay Chanda Shome our membership secretary in person at a later date.
We also need to receive nominations for the WIFA committee. I will send the relevant forms over the next week or so. You can nominate yourself or someone else but the nomination must be seconded.
WATFORD INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE
Sunday 15 November 2020 4pm
We are very excited about this interfaith pilgrimage, which has had to be very different to our usual annual walk through Watford town centre. It means that we can explore places of worship that are further afield, through short videos and speakers from each faith community, such as St Albans Cathedral, Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Srimadrajchandra Dharampur Jain Temple in Bushey and the Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in south London.
As well as new faith leaders in the area, such as Visakha Dasi of the Krishna Temple at Bhaktivedanta Manor, Rabbi Mordechai Chalk of Watford and District Synagogue and Shazeb Athar of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, we are very honoured indeed to have Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedford with us, who was co-chair of the Interfaith Network for the UK for many years, Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor and Watford MP Dean Russell.
This is a whistlestop tour of many places of worship via their delightful videos, so on this occasion there will not be time for questions, but WIFA hopes to provide forums for faith representatives to ask and answer questions in the near future. We aim to complete our pilgrimage soon after 5.30pm.
The whole event will be recorded and will be available on Watford Interfaith Association’s YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZf5E6MJZEEdZrRfqv_uCwA soon afterwards.
Thanks to Harjit Singh, Chair of WIFA, who will be chairing, to Enoch Kangaraj who is kindly hosting, the editors Teereth Kaur and Lucas M, and to Francoise Murphy for setting up the YouTube Channel.
We hope to follow up with some discussion sessions online in the new year for those who’d like to ask questions and learn more about the different faiths.
WATFORD INTERFAITH PEACE GARDEN
Work is ongoing in the Peace Garden in Cassiobury Park – but only by individuals or household groups since meeting is not currently allowed.
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.