Annual Shared Meal

Saturday 9th February 2013
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Main couse being served


Ruth Neal, Chairman, Churches Together in Hale writes :-

Living the blessing of friendship was the theme of Sister Theresa Brittain’s talk at this years Interfaith Dinner.  The 150 or so participants, including many families and children, were drawn from all the major faiths practised in our community.  After a splendid first course provided by Hindu, Jewish and Muslim ladies and before the dessert made by the Christian cooks, Sister Theresa stimulated us with her talk. She spoke of the need to enlarge our mission and to form real friendships with those from other faiths, to speak of the difficult issues dividing us and to understand the rights and customs of others. She said, “people of another faith invite us to a deeper place in our own, so we enrich each other.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Liggett and his wife Jane, The Mayor of Trafford Councillor Mrs Patricia Young and Councillor Michael Young, Dr Poonam Kakkar (Chair of AIG), Sr Teresa Brittain, Canon John Rafferty (Vice-chair of AIG)

In the Christian tradition we are in the period of Lent, a time of penance  before Easter which falls this year on March 31st. We prepare ourselves  to remember the time when God brought his son, Jesus Christ, to life again after the cruel death Christ endured when he was crucified on the cross on Good Friday, crucified because of the wrong-doing of others.

During the six weeks leading up to Easter, Christians traditionally have fasted in preparation for the great Easter Feast.  Not so many people in Altrincham actually fast now but many will subscribe to the Lenten discipline of giving up some luxury like chocolate, biscuits or strong drink. Other Christians prefer to mark Lent by doing something positive, like reading a spiritual book or attending a study group in order to share insights. Maybe another way to mark this Lent would be consciously to speak with somebody we do not yet know, someone whose traditions are different from our own. They could be a new neighbour, a colleague we meet at work, a fellow-shopper in the supermarket queue or traveller on public transport. This would indeed be”living the blessing of friendship.”


Making Peace Mala Bracelets

Sunday 25th November 2012 
St. Peters House, Hale

This was Altrincham Interfaith Group’s event for this year’s National Interfaith Week.

A Peace Mala is a symbolic bracelet that promotes friendship, respect and peace between the faiths and all people in our world. It cuts through all forms of prejudice and celebrates what makes us different from each other.

Local Interfaith Minister Revd Joe Malaika will talk on Global Peace and the Golden Rule.

Rings of Faith

Thursday, 15th November
Bolton College, Deane Road Campus

This was the annual event of all the Greater Manchester Interfaith Network which is the umbrella organisation for interfaith groups across Greater Manchester. It will showcase the contribution of interfaith groups and organisations and statutory agencies.

The theme this year was “Promoting Interfaith Interaction Through Sports and Well-Being Activities.

Speakers and Contributors to workshops included :-
   * Arun Kang, CEO Sporting Equals
   * Fabrice Muamba, Ex Bolton Wanderers footballer
   * Phil Mason, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

Holocaust Study Day 2012

Thursday 8th November 2012
Menorah Synagogue

The opening speaker was the Right Reverend Brian Noble, Bishop Emeritus of Shrewsbury.
Keynote speaker was Professor John McDade, Former Principal, Heythrop College, Catholic theologian and a leading expert on the relationships between Christians and Jews.
Other speakers included Canon Albert Radcliffe who spoke on “The Tragic Spiritual and Theological Blindness of the Protestant Church during the Holocaust.”
Eric Roth talked about “An ordinary family:  A second generation Holocaust testimony”.
Rabbi Haim Shalom, Menorah’s new Rabbi, chaired the meeting and spoke on “Jewish Responses to the Holocaust”.