Interfaith Week #7 – Faith in Our City – Judaism

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In 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives. We will look at each of these during Interfaith week – Today it is the faith of Christianity – see video here …

A Jew is a person born to a Jewish mother (or father in Liberal movements), or who has converted to Judaism. Jews believe in one God. Jewish prayers are directed to God alone. Jews believe that the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The Torah contains the laws and commandments by which the Jewish people live.

Most Jews identify strongly with the State of Israel. Jewishness presents a unique expression of a history, culture and faith united by a desire to lead a constructive and spiritual life. It is a way of life maintained by the Jewish people throughout thousands of years. Being a people that has followed particular laws and customs throughout the ages has helped the Jews to survive as a community through periods of antisemitism, persecutions, and expulsions. The Jews were expelled in 1290 during the reign of Edward 1st but were readmitted in 1656/1657 by Oliver Cromwell and there has been a formal Jewish Community in Southampton since 1833. 6 million Jews died in the 2nd World War Holocaust. Many religious Jews believe that one day in the future the Messiah will come. Read more…

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Southampton Council of Faiths ( SCOF ) was set up in May 2001 to promote understanding between faiths in the city. It represents the faith community in dialogue with public bodies – Police Service, Fire Service, Health service. For more details about events in Interfaith Week please go to our events page...

Interfaith week #6 – Faith in our city – Christianity

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In 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives. We will look at each of these during Interfaith week – Today it is the faith of Christianity – see video here …

A Christian is a person who follows Jesus Christ. Christians are not distinguishable by dress but should be identifiable by their demeanour of humility and grace. In the United Kingdom it used to be assumed that to be British was to be Christian. A group of Christians at worship is called a congregation.

There are two types of Christian in the United Kingdom; the Christian who positively tries to follow in the way of Jesus and the Christian who has a vague idea what it means and whose way of life is subconsciously infused with Christian culture and values.

Practicing, church-going, praying Christians see their religion as involving belief about God showing himself in Jesus, they belong to a community of other Christians, and strive to follow the examples of Jesus Christ. Read more here…

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Southampton Council of Faiths ( SCOF ) was set up in May 2001 to promote understanding between faiths in the city. It represents the faith community in dialogue with public bodies – Police Service, Fire Service, Health service. For more details about events in Interfaith Week please go to our events page...

Interfaith Week #5 – Faith in our City – Buddhism

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In 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives. We will look at each of these during Interfaith week – Today it is the faith of Buddhism – see video here …

A Buddhist is a person who follows the teachings of the Buddha ( Enlightened one) and aims to achieve enlightenment or awakening by following a spiritual and moral path known as the three jewels: Buddha the enlightened teacher and example: Dharma the teaching and practice which lead to liberation: Sangha the spiritual community. Buddhism, like most of the religions of the world, is divided into a number of different traditions or schools but broadly they can be divided between Southern or Theravada schools, and the Northern or Mahayana schools. Read more here…

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Southampton Council of Faiths ( SCOF ) was set up in May 2001 to promote understanding between faiths in the city. It represents the faith community in dialogue with public bodies – Police Service, Fire Service, Health service. For more details about events in Interfaith Week please go to our events page...

Interfaith week #4 – Faith in Our City – Islam

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In 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives. We will look at each of these during Interfaith week – Today it is the faith of Islam – see video here …

The word Muslim is an Arabic word  and has the same root as the word Islam and it means the one who submits to the one God, Allah. Submission means obeying  God’s commands as revealed in the Quran and following  the example of the last Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (peace be  upon him).

What does a Muslim believe?
A  Muslim believes in God the Creator and that the purpose in  life is to worship God the Creator. A Muslim also believes  in the Divine Books of God (Torah, Bible and Quran); the  Angels, the Prophets, the Day of Judgement, Predestination.  Islam is a confirmation of the previous message revealed to all the other Prophets.
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Interfaith Week #3 – Faith in our City – Sikh Community

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Sikh SymbolIn 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives.

We will look at each of these during Interfaith week – Today the Sikh Faithwatch their video here …

A Sikh faithfully believes in one Immortal Being, the ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh, the Guru Granth Sahib, (the utterances and teachings of the ten Gurus) and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru, and owes no allegiance to any other religion.
The Birth of the Khalsa gives the Sikh his identity. Khalsa means the community of the pure.The physical symbols that denote a Khalsa Sikh are the five Ks.

  • The Kesh Long, uncut hair, a symbol of spirituality.

  • The Khanga a comb, a symbol of cleanliness and orderliness.

  • The Kara a steel bracelet worn on the right wrist as a reminder to be self-controlled.

  • The Kurpan A double edged ceremonial sword, a symbol of dignity and the struggle against injustice.

  • The Kachera Knee-length under shorts worn as a symbol of self-control and chastity. Khalsa Sikhs are the heart of Sikhism.
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Interfaith Week #2 – Faith in our City – Hindu community

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In 2004 members of the Southampton Council of Faiths produced a series of six half hour programmes with Meridian TV looking at the six main different faith communities in the city. The programmes were an interesting and an educative insight into the lives of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities and their daily lives.
We will look at each of these during Interfaith week –
Today – The Hindu Communitywatch the video here…

A Hindu is a person who practices the teachings of the Vedas and recognises that the ways and means of union with the supreme God are diverse. Hindus realise that although many representations of God exist, God is still one.

The religion is practiced by the people from India but it does not mean that all Indians are Hindus. Neither does it mean that all Hindus are Indian. The practices of Hindus are varied. It is possible to distinguish some Hindus by the way they dress or through marks on their foreheads e.g. the Aayapans wear black clothes and have a black dot on their forehead; worshippers of Lord Shiva sometimes mark their forehead with three lines of holy ash; Lord Krishna worshippers may have a U-shaped yellow mark on their forehead and may even sometimes wear saffron robes; worshippers of Swami Narayan may mark their foreheads with a red dot.

The majority of Hindus in the United Kingdom follow the ancient traditions of going to Temples and having a shrine at home. Following traditional Hindu practices varies. At festival times, most Hindus will celebrate by visiting Temples. Read more here..

Come and join us at the Vedic Temple Radcliffe Rd Southampton SO14 0PS on Wednesday 16th November  – 7.15 – 8.30 “Space for Peace”   An interfaith event where musicians from the community come together and share music, prayer and positivity. Come, sit, listen, join in , pray, reflect. Admission  free with a retiring collection for St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace www.Winchester.ac.uk/Music


Southampton Council of Faiths ( SCOF ) was set up in May 2001 to promote understanding between faiths in the city. It represents the faith community in dialogue with public bodies – Police Service, Fire Service, Health service. For more details about events in Interfaith Week please go to our events page...

 

Interfaith Week 2016 – what’s on …

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Among the messages in the Inter Faith Week press release which went out yesterday is one from Prime Minister Theresa May MP who said:
“Inter Faith Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity and richness of faith communities in Britain. It is also a chance for people of all faiths to come together and to highlight the invaluable contribution they collectively make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society.”
It is clear that thousands of people are planning to take advantage of the opportunity of Inter Faith Week. By close of play this evening we have 311 events up on the Inter Faith Week website, www.interfaithweek.org, and dozens more continue to roll in.

Each day I will be posting a link to a series of half hour Meridian TV programme about “Faith in our City”

Here are some of the events in our area:

Wednesday 16th November  – 7.15 – 8.30 “Space for Peace”  Vedic Temple Radcliffe Rd Southampton SO14 0PS An interfaith event where musicians from the community come together and share music, prayer and positivity. Come, sit, listen, join in , pray, reflect. Admission  free with a retiring collection for St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace www.Winchester.ac.uk/Music

Thursday 17th November  – 7 pm  “A Proposal for Peace – Calling for a More Humane Future” – Robert Harrap SGI UK  – Palmerston  lecture theatre, Spark Building Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace. This talk introduces the work of Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda, who calls for greater efforts to protect human rights, safeguard the planet’s ecology, and ban nuclear weapons. SGI-UK is the UK branch of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist movement based on the teachings of the 13th century Buddhist teacher Nichiren. More details and booking  here http://www.sgihants.org/press-release-southampton

Friday 18th November – 4.15 “A Perspective of War” Palmerston  lecture theatre, Spark Building Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace,  – a dialogue between four people of different faiths (Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist) about their  views on war and peace.

Sunday 20th November 12 noon  “Steps for Peace”  at Queens Peace Fountain, East Park TerracAn invitation to visit different faith communities in the city and learn about their culture and food. Everyone welcome, particularly young people. More information here http://www.southampton-faiths.org/events

Thursday 24th November 7,00 pm “An introduction to the  Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin and SGI UK” Stella Maris Centre-  6 St Michaels Square Southampton SO14 2AD An opportunity  to find out more about Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organisation and Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. Free admission but please book here http://tinyurl.com/h7b7z5q

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Music in the city (MITC) 2016 – King John’s Palace… TODAY!!

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mitcYes it is here! Music in the City (MITC) 150 acts (pver 1000 musicians) in 20 venues all around Southampton. A fantastic celebration of music and musicians in the city! Once again I shall be looking after acts in  King John’s Palace (behind Tudor House) –

 

It is going to be a fantastic musical weekend so tell your friends and come and join in the fun! See the full programme here…

David Vane

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Music in the city (MITC) 2016 – King John’s Palace… Goldrush Harmony feature

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Music in the City (MITC) – October 1st and 2nd in venues all around Southampton. A fantastic celebration of music and musicians in the city! Once again I shall be looking after acts in  King John’s Palace (behind Tudor House) –

Goldrush Harmony is a group of talented musicians  with a wealth of experience, playing many styles of music over the years. They perform songs from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s including material from CSN, Eagles, Beatles, Ace, Dire Straits and many more popular artistes. Their harmonies and unique form of entertainment make them a success for any function or event.

Programme for 1st Oct in King Johns Palace Western Esplanade. SO14 2AZ

It is going to be a fantastic musical weekend so tell your friends and come and join in the fun! See the full programme here… (clashfinder)
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