Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum


New Trustees elected

Following the Annual General Meeting that was held on Tuesday 10th January 2017 in Stranmillis University College, the following have been elected to serve as Trustees for the coming year:

Dr Sandra Baillie
Mr Patrick Carberry
Mr Paul Fitzsimmons
Mr Edwin Graham
Mrs Hazel Holmlund
Dr Wasif Naeem
Mr Ed Petersen
Mr Raj Puri
Dr Norman Richardson
Mr Boyd Sleator
Mrs Sushma Sethi


Meeting & AGM

Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 7.30 pm

in Stranmillis University College, Belfast (Central Building, Lecture Theatre 2).


Guest Speaker:  Anna Lo (former MLA)


The meeting will include the Forum's brief Annual General Meeting, including Executive Committee elections.


This is an open meeting to which all are invited.

For fuller details and inclusion in the Forum's mailing list please contact Edwin Graham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Norman Richardson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Attack on Jewish Graves in City Cemetary

The Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum was shocked and appalled by the attack on graves of members of the Jewish Community in Belfast City Cemetery. Thirteen graves were desecrated when eight youths knocked over and smashed headstones with hammers. They even tried to break into where the bodies are laid to rest. The incident is reported to have happened in broad daylight at 3pm in the afternoon.


People of all faiths and beliefs share the view that a person's final resting place should be treated with respect. It is deeply disturbing that graves are desecrated in this way but it is particularly worrying that the offenders specifically targeted the graves in the Jewish section of the graveyard.

Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum
5th September 2016

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Statement from the Interfaith Network of the UK

Inter Faith Network of the UK

Co-Chairs' message

22 March 2016

This morning brought news of fresh appalling attacks in another European city: Brussels.

As an IFN Officers' statement of last November, following the Paris attack, noted, terrorists have as their aim the creation of a climate of fear and uncertainty. Their victory begins the moment that people can no longer live in trust and with a sense of shared citizenship.

Following the Paris attacks of November, faith and inter faith groups stood in solidarity. The attacks in Brussels will also have a significance for our lives together here in the UK and we know that our member bodies and people of all faiths and none will be remembering in the coming days those murdered and otherwise affected by the attacks in Brussels and standing together against violence and division.

As we and our fellow officers said after the Paris attacks: "Terrorism has many faces. Sometimes it wears the mask of religion, claiming a justification in religious teaching for its acts.  This is rejected in the strongest terms by faith communities."

Best wishes, Bishop Richard Atkinson and Vivian Wineman