Published: Thursday, 17th November 2022
The Mayor marked Inter Faith Week, which runs from 13 to 20 November 2022, by inviting religious leaders to the Mayor's Parlour in King's Lynn Town Hall for afternoon tea on Wednesday 16 November.
Inter Faith week aims to highlight faith communities and inter-faith activity, across the UK, including engagement between those of religious and non-religious beliefs. Running since 2009, it strengthens inter faith understanding and cooperation; highlights the contribution of faith groups to society; and also encourages dialogue between those of religious and non-religious beliefs. It is a Week for people of all backgrounds.
Cllr Lesley Bambridge, Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said:
“Throughout the year, the mayor’s office organises a number of commemorative events and services, and I’m very pleased that they are always attended by representatives of a wide range of faiths. The faith communities play an enormously important role in west Norfolk.
“Inter Faith Week begins each year on Remembrance Sunday to encourage remembering together of the service of those of different faiths and beliefs from the UK and the Commonwealth. The Remembrance Service at King’s Lynn Minster benefitted this year from a powerful address by Dr. Marian Prinsley, who is involved with the Norwich Hebrew Congregation.”
Dr. Prinsley is also the former Sheriff of Norwich and now Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.
The Mayor continued:
“This week allows us to recognise the ways our many faiths work together for the common good and the benefit of our community.”
Joining the Mayor in the Parlour were Rev Canon Dr Mark Diamond, Donna Semmens and Imam Muhammad Zubair.
Inter Faith Week activities this year include: faith trails and place of worship open days; Remembrance events; school activities; exhibitions and art and photography competitions; quizzes; podcasts; discussions and debates; inter faith volunteering; tree planting; wellness sessions; sports activities; civic receptions; training sessions and educational roadshows to increase religious literacy; and more. Religious literacy will also be a focus of messages from national faith leaders at the start of the Week.
More information can be found at www.interfaithweek.org.