Celebrating Faith 2016
15 November 11am-3pm
St. Peters Church,
We are pleased to announce that following the success of last year’s Celebrating Faith event during international interfaith week, we are holding the event again and it’s going to be bigger and better than before.
Like last year, the focus of the event is on the important social welfare and community building projects faith groups run, be they food banks, homeless services, debt advice, youth groups, lunch clubs for the elderly or hiring out halls and building space for the local community. The scale of networking available at this event is unavailable at any other time of year, and many found it incredibly useful for discovering other faith groups who are running similar or complimentary projects to their own.
We’ll be at an awesome venue this year, St Peters Church, right in the heart of the city, where we will have much more freedom than the Brighton Centre. We’ve also listened carefully to the feedback from last year and have made the following changes:
– A much bigger focus on networking and conversation – the market place will be open all day so you will have the time to speak to anyone you would like to.
– No more workshops – these didn’t really work last time and most of you said you’d prefer to network so we’ve removed them from the agenda altogether.
– A tighter focus on faith – although most of the stalls were manned by faith groups, almost half weren’t and many were surprised to see secular groups that had very little or no connection to faith groups in attendance. This year a higher percentage of stalls will got to faith groups and secular groups who wish to attend will need to demonstrate a solid connection with the work of faith groups.
– A meaningful lunch – the food last year was a bit of a letdown with many missing it entirely. This year we’re asking faith groups to bring food that is commonly eaten in their faith tradition to share and we will carve out the space to eat a communal meal where we sit and eat together, continuing our conversations over lunch. The Real Junk Food Project will also make a significant contribute to the lunch to ensure there is enough food for everyone.
– The interfaith choir will have a better slot – instead of the choir at the end of the day, we’re placing it right after lunch so it can have a proper hearing. The choir are truly wonderful and we’re really lucky to have them back again.
As before, it’s free to attend and free to have a stall slot, so if your faith group would like to book a slot all you have to do is send us an email or use this booking form and you’re in! We’ll sort out all the details with you.
We’ll update this page with further information as we get closer to the date, but please don’t leave it too late to book a slot as we expect we will fill up to capacity quickly given how popular last year’s event was.