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Issue 25

Editorial
Editorial
Lorna Douglas
Shap Award
Shap Award 2011
Heather Wells
Keynote
Freedom to choose
Richard Boeke
Tenth Anniversary
Congratulations
Various
Religious Education
Shap - then and now
Shap Working Party
Lifestory
The Homecoming
Elspeth Gibb
Poem
'Come away…'
Jerome K. Jerome
Religious Freedom
Quote from Reith Lecture 2011
Aung San Suu Kyi
The right to search for meaning
John Barnabas Leith
Co-Existence, Conflict and Collaboration
Ian Linden
The façade of freedom
Stephanie Brigden
The Gift of Diversity
Shiban Akbar
Hounslow Women's Interfaith Workshops
Charanjit Ajit Singh
Historical Insight
The Cyrus Cylinder
British Museum
Reflections of the Past
The Golden Temple of Amritsar
Parmjit Singh
Poem
Weather Notes
Rebecca Irvine Bilkau
Language of Art
Spirituality of Abandonment
Adam Boulter
Festival
A Peaceful Existence
Radha Mohan Das
Focus
Healing: A collective responsibility
BK Jayanti
United Birmingham
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
Spiritual Insight
Christian Meditation
Alex Holmes
Expressions of Mysticism
Turning towards the Divine
Burak Sansal
The Shekinah
David Rankine
The Cloud of Unknowing
Peter Dodson
Timeless Devotion
Umm Hanie' Rebler
A Well Trodden path…
Michael Lewin
Devotional Script
Homage to Ahura Mazda
Dastur Dr.M.N.Dhalla
Book Review
I SHALL NOT HATE
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
I SHALL NOT HATE (Extract)
Izzeldin Abuelaish
Poem
Faith in Unity
Harjit Singh Sagoo
Faith & the Artist
What the eye sees
Yoram Raanan

Women's Workshops
Hounslow Women's Interfaith Workshops
by Charanjit Ajit Singh
Autumn/Winter 2011

an Initiative Interfaith Trust project funded by the ‘Faiths in Action’ programme 2009-2011

Now that the project is complete and all the paperwork has been finalised I would like, as a volunteer working with the Workshops, to provide an insight into what I believe are some of the valuable achievements of this project: firstly, the fostering of friendships amongst women across faith communities is fundamental to social harmony, and we hope that the friendships formed at the workshops will also extend to the linking between families and friends.

Secondly, the symbolism of the flower ceremony enjoyed at each event will remain a fond memory of a sense of bonding: each woman taking her turn to reverently place a flower in a large bowl of water in the centre of the room, while others maintained stillness and silence, created an aura of spiritual togetherness that had a deeper meaning, I believe, for all of us beyond our religious boundaries. I felt really privileged to be part of this. Thirdly, there was a significant contribution made towards building inter-religious harmony through various stages of the workshops:

I believe that Women's Interfaith Workshops are an exciting way for bringing women of different faiths together: to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe environment that enables them to develop friendships, and to learn from one another. The magazine Faith Initiative provided us with useful starting points for discussions, often at a deeper level than one would anticipate, about subjects and topics that are relevant to women's lives. The model that we piloted in Hounslow can, I feel, be emulated by women in other areas of the country. Although we are sadly unable to provide any financial support, we are happy to share our experience of running the workshops, and where possible provide guidance.

Please contact Heather Wells, Chair of Initiative Interfaith Trust for further information: hf_wells@yahoo.co.uk