On this page, you will find the latest articles from members and supporters of Interfaith Wolverhampton.
Church and Law Enforcement combatting Modern Slavery
At the Interfaith Wolverhampton AGM on Wednesday September 20th, speaker Mick Duthie, former Detective Chief Superintendent, and deputy director of the Santa Marta Group, spoke about their work worldwide to combat modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Click HERE for a copy of his Powerpoint presentation.
Members of Interfaith Wolverhampton exhibited an "Interfaith Scarecrow" at the recent
Scarecrow Festival in Pattingham, September 22nd - 24th
Interfaith Wolverhampton was represented at a City Centre Vigil on Friday July 14th to remember the victims of "honour based violence".
This would have been the 31st birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, who was brutally murdered by her parents in 2003 in a so-called "honour killing"; Having refused an arranged marriage, her parents believed she had brought shame upon the family.
Anyone who has either been the victim of honour-based violence, or who fears someone may be at risk, should contact the Karma Nirvana UK helpline on 0800 599 9247, the Haven Wolverhampton on 01902 904677, or Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum on 01902 555643. In an emergency, always dial 999.
A detailed account of the vigil with photo library should soon be available on the City Council news webpage: http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/news .
Remembering Srebrenica 2017
This year, on Tuesday July 11th, Srebrenica Memorial Day focussed on the suffering deliberately inflicted on
women and girls while Muslim men and boys were being massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.
Organised by Interfaith Wolverhampton, speakers included Sister Berry Vaughan,
Councillor Elias Mattu (Mayor of Wolverhampton), and Mrs Parveen Brigue.
Between short periods of respectful silence, the Srebrenica flag was raised, and we listened to accounts of
women's experiences and their efforts to rebuild their lives. After a final prayer and conclusion by Parveen,
the Mayor kindly invited us to come in from the increasing rain and take refreshments in the Mayor's Parlour.
On Tuesday June 13th 2017, Erik Pearse and Parveen Brigue, on behalf of Interfaith Wolverhampton,
accepted a Wolverhampton City Council 'Voluntary Service Award' at the Council's annual award ceremony at the Grand Theatre.
Also pictured is Sylvia Parkin, MBE, TD, JP, Deputy Lieutenant, who presented the award. We understand that
we are to be one of seven Wolverhampton organisations to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service this year.
Press Statement sent to the Express and Star on behalf of Interfaith Wolverhampton
and the Wolverhampton Council of Mosques, in the wake of the London atrocity.
As a voluntary organisation that seeks to bring about and maintain harmony between the differing faith communities of our great City we at Interfaith Wolverhampton and also the Wolverhampton Council of Mosques are sickened by the cowardly attack on ordinary people going about their lawful business in London this week. The actions of this despicable individual is condemned without any reservation whatsoever. This condemnation is the same view of every Gurdwara, Mandir, Synagogue and Vihara and Christian Church’s as well as those who do not practise any faith whatsoever in Wolverhampton. Indeed it is the view our nation.
The type of mindless fanatics who carry out such atrocities do not represent God or any decent minded Muslim let alone any other peaceful person of faith. They are a disgrace to Islam and their actions should in no way be seen as representative of what is a peaceful religion.
Decent minded people of faith and non are united in condemning this mindless atrocity that ultimately seeks to break the will of democracy so that perverted fundamentalist can inflict their unacceptable views on others.
At this very emotional time our thoughts and all our prayers, our support in whatever way we can is directed towards the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.
As a democratic nation we need to do whatever we can to stop those who set out to radicalise and pervert the minds of others in order to pursue their distorted self-centred views. They will never, never succeed. The united people of faith and none of the United Kingdom and all democratic nations of the world will never let that happen. The God of all our faiths is a God of peace and love. What is done by these fanatics is done in their own self-centred distorted interpretations and most defiantly not the will of God.
On a note of gratitude we thank God for our wonderful public servants, Police, Ambulance, Hospitals and Fire services who give so unselfishly of themselves in our service. Often they are taken for granted, on occasions such as we have witnessed so graphically this week we see their real value. They are second to none.
On behalf of
Parveen Brigue (Mrs) Chair Interfaith Wolverhampton
Dr Yusuf Shafi Vice chair Interfaith Wolverhampton
Kahlid Akhtar Chair of the Wolverhampton Council of Mosques
Mike Shelley-Smith Interfaith Wolverhampton
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24 March 2017
Interfaith Participation in Stations of the Cross
On Sunday March 12th, St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Haywood Drive, Tettenhall, invited us to join them for Meditations on the events leading up to the execution of Jesus Christ (known as the "Stations of the Cross").
The 14 different paintings (some seen above) illustrate 14 stages, or Stations, in Jesus’ final journey to His Cross,
from His appearance before Pontius Pilate who condemns Him to death, to his Crucifixion.
The Stations of the Cross are a traditional, principally Catholic, service, held mainly during the period of Lent which precedes the Feast of Easter, when Christians commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after His death on the Cross. "The 40 days of Lent remind us of the 40 days which the Gospels tell us Jesus spent fasting in the desert to prepare for the three years of His public life of healing and preaching".
There are innumerable versions in the wording of the Stations of the Cross service. The version used here was based on one that was specially prepared by Cardinal Renato Corti at the request of Pope Francis for the annual Good Friday service, presided over by the Pope, in the Colisseum in Rome. (Good Friday is the day of Jesus’ death on the Cross).
One of many participants from Interfaith Wolverhampton
Interfaith Reception for new Church Leaders
On Thursday January 26th, Staff and Board Members of Interfaith Wolverhampton gave a warm welcome to Bishop Michael Ipgrave, the new Bishop of Lichfield, and to Revd Rachel Parkinson, new Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District.
Bishop Michael speaking of his past experience of Interfaith
Revd Rachel Parkinson responding to a question
Followed by sharing food from many cultures
......Interrupted by the taking of a photograph of our guests.