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HOPE

HOPE Interfaith

In many religious traditions, hope is associated with an ultimate fulfilment, of eternal life continuing after this physical life ends.

In the Greek myth of Pandora, dating back to around 700 BC, the gods punish humanity by giving Pandora a vase, which she's told not to open. Of course, she opens it, and releases into the world a bunch of miseries and torments, taking life into an uncertain future.


One gift though remained within, elpis sometimes translated as hope, but in the Greek more usually as expectation - which could be positive (hope) or negative (despair).

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Weekly Meditation

Christian meditation


Meditation may deepen one's experience of the presence of God, enhance self-awareness, and reduce stress and anxiety, valuable during this time of isolation.

Join a half-hour Zoom ‘guided meditation’ session, led by Peter Lumsden (local preacher in the Clitheroe circuit), every Monday evening at 7 p.m.

The sessions follow a pattern of 15 mins of spiritual reflection, combined with a focus on breathing, leading into a period of about 15 mins of silence.

Contact Peter Lumsden: pjlumsden58@gmail.com

We are delighted to announce that we'll be holding another 'multi-faith' webinar featuring members of the Lancashire Forum of Faiths. This will be on Tuesday 25th August, at 3pm, using Zoom as the platform.



Dying, death, and life after death

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone, with large numbers dying, and families experiencing bereavement. Whilst we may be aware of some of the practices of different religious groups, how much do we know about the beliefs behind the various rituals and practices associated with death? Increasing our understanding of beliefs and practices of our various traditions is important in the building of stable communities, so this event will be of interest to a wide audience. It will also be recorded, so that it can be widely used as a learning resource.

A Webinar took place on 8th July via Zoom and a recording of the Webinar was made:



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Newsletter

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Inter Faith Events

 

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Inter Faith Religious Festivals 2021

JANUARY 2021
Jan 13th Lohri (Sikh) Celebration of the days becoming longer 
Jan 15th World Religion Day (Ba’hai)
Jan 18 – 25th Week of prayer for Christian unity (Christian)
Jan 20th
Parkash Sri (Sikh) Birth of 10th Guru, Gobind Singh who conferred the name ‘Singh’ on Sikh males and ‘Kaur’ on Sikh females
Jan 27th Holocaust memorial day
Jan 28th Tu Bishvat (Jewish) The coming of spring

FEBRUARY 2021

Feb 12th Chinese new year (some Buddhists)
Feb 16th Shrove Tuesday (Christian; tradition of a carnival day, eating before the coming fast, hence the origin of eating pancakes)
Feb 17th Ash Wednesday (Christian) Beginning of Lent, a traditional time of fasting and  preparation for baptism on Easter day of new Christians. Today many Christians will be ‘ashed’, having the sign of the cross marked on their foreheads
Feb 26thPurim (Jewish)

MARCH 2021
March 1st – 19th 19 day fast (Baha’i) Fasting is from sunrise to sunset. 
March 20th Equinox / Ostara (Pagan) Welcoming of spring
March 21st Naw-Ruz (Baha’i) New year; symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal
March 27th – 
April 4
th 
Pesach (Jewish) Also known as ‘passover’, celebrating the exodus from Egypt
March 29th Holi (Hindu) Festival of spring / Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

APRIL 2021
April 2nd – 4th Good Friday / Easter Sunday (Christian) Commemoration of the crucifixion and  resurrection of Jesus
April 12th Ramadan begins (Muslim) Holy month for Muslims; fasting is from sunrise to  Sunset
April 14th Vaisakhi (Sikh) The inception of the Khalsa, the ceremony of baptism

MAY 2021
May 13th Eid al Fitr (Muslim) Festival of thanksgiving for the month of Ramadan 
May 16 – 18th Shavuot (Jewish) Festival of weeks, marking the giving of the Torah to Moses
May 19th Buddha day (Buddhist) Marking birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha
May 23rd Pentecost (Christian) Also known as Whit (white) Sunday
May 29th Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i) Baha'i recollection of the death of Baha'u'llah,  the founder. Observed by prayers and readings. Work is suspended.

JUNE 2021
June 3rd Corpus Christi (Christian – catholic)
June 16th Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikh)
June 21st Solstice (Pagan) 

JULY 2021
July 20th Eid al Adha (Muslim) A three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah

SEPTEMBER 2021
September 6- 8thRosh Hashanah (Jewish) Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence
September 22ndEquinox / Mabon (Pagan)
September 15 – 16thYom Kippur (JewishHighest holy day, the day of atonement, marking the time when Moses descended from Mt Sinai after the Israelites had turned away and made a golden calf. Taken as holiday. All go to the synagogue and observe a fast
September 20 – 27thSukkot – shelters (Jewishcommemoration of the Israelites' 40 years of exile

OCTOBER 2021
October 7th  15thNavaratri (Hindu) a nine-day festival of music and dance when Hindus worship the female face of the divine
October 31stSamhain (Pagan) Remembering the dead; endings and beginnings

NOVEMBER 2021
November 1stAll saints (Christian) This was a major festival in earlier times
November 4thDiwali / Bandi Chorr Divas (Hindu / Sikh) Festival of Lights; victory of good over evil; for Sikhs, commemoration too of the release the sixth Guru, Hargobind
November 5thHindu new year (as celebrated in Lancashire)
November 7thBirth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) The prophet of the Baha’i faith
NOVEMBER 8 – 15thINTER FAITH WEEK
November 19thParkash Sri  (Sikh) Birth of Guru Nanak, the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion
November 28th First Sunday of advent (Christian)
Nov 28th - Dec 6th 

Hannukah (Jewish) Festival of light, commemorating the re-dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt

DECEMBER 2021
December 25th Christmas (Christian) Marks the birth of Jesus who Christians recognize as the ‘messiah’, or chosen one of God