Tonight people from a variety of faith and belief traditions came together to listen and discus how to challenge poverty. Interfaith Glasgow’s Faith and Poverty event was borne out of a desire from the St Mary’s Justice and Aid Network to bring faith communities and anti-poverty groups together and to learn what each other does and to start a discussion about what we can do together. So with the support of St Mary’s and people from the local Muslim community Interfaith Glasgow was able to put on this event for Interfaith Week not as an event just to celebrate interfaith activity but to actually bring people together to talk and start thinking about where faith and belief communities and go from here in the fight against poverty.
The event was very well attended and we were delighted to receive a civic welcome from Bailie Scanlon, to have Hanzala Malik MSP convene our event and to also have speeches from Morag Gillispie (Scottish Poverty Information UNit), Kathy Galloway (Christian Aid Scotland), Venerable Rewatha (Therevada Buddhist Vihara), Dr Rizi Mohammed and Charandeep Singh and Ravindar Kaur Nijjar (Glasgow Gurdwara). Our thanks also goes to the organisations and projects who shared their own experience and hosted discussion groups including Poverty Truth Commission, Faith in Community Scotland Transformation Team, Passage to India, Jewish Care Scotland, West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and Glasgow Central Mosque (Qurbani Project), Glasgow City Mission, Salvation Army, Glasgow Gurdwara, Kagyu Samye Dzong and Cafe Simon. Thanks also goes to Rev Cedric Blakey, Vice Provost of St Mary’s Episcopalian Cathedral (Glasgow) for his support and vote of thanks. Interfaith Glasgow is looking forward to looking at the evaluation forms as verbal feedback was really positive at the end of the event so we are looking forward to learning what attendants thought but also to understand how we can support this interfaith approach to challenging poverty.