The Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham (with some events being held in Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Warwick) from…
Celebration of Festivals
A special event will take place via Zoom from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday, 23 March. Representatives of a number of Birmingham’s faith communities will speak about Holi, Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi and Ramadan, each of which takes place during the months of March and April. Speakers at the online gathering include Mina Patel, Benita Wishart, Bishop Mike Royal, Amrick Singh Ubi, Shahin Ashraf MBE and Councillor John Cotton. Participants are invited to dress up for a party, with drinks and snacks ready, in order to celebrate the different festivals together, even though necessarily at home. Register to attend the online Celebration of Festivals via THIS WEBPAGE. For more information about the event, e-mail Andrew Smith, Director of Interfaith Relations for the Bishop of Birmingham, at THIS ADDRESS.
The Celebration of Festivals event is part of the ‘Birmingham Conversations,’ which was set up in 2014 with the aim of bringing together groups of people of all faiths and none to discuss issues of faith and public life. It was felt that some of the more contentious issues of how faith is lived out rarely get discussed at other interfaith events and the desire was to create a space and a methodology that would allow these to be discussed constructively. The Birmingham Conversations is itself an arm of the ‘Faiths, Neighbours, Changemakers’ group, which has been developing interfaith relations in Birmingham since 2011. Read more about ‘Faiths, Neighbours, Changemakers’ HERE.