Various world religions and beliefs came together under one roof on Thursday, when a charity promoting positive inter-faith relations brought its roadshow to Grantham College.
The ‘Religion and Belief Roadshow’ is run by St Philip’s Centre, a charity which works to build good inter-faith relations through a programme of activities and courses.
The centre’s team which comprises of those from different religious and belief communities, came to Grantham College and engaged with students on a wide range of subjects, and taught them more about faiths including Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The college’s chaplaincy team were also involved in the day, which saw food sampling, henna painting, an interactive quiz and a clothing zone where students had the opportunity to wear items of dress associated with different faiths and cultures.
Several stalls were available throughout the day with artefacts and other items on display, and providing students with the chance to ask questions.
As a token of the day, students were encouraged to sign a giant card which supported the importance of inter-faith relations and the need for respect, acceptance and understanding in society, which was then presented to the college for display.
Linda Houtby, principal and chief executive of Grantham College, said: “The multi-faith roadshow, organised by the St Philip’s Centre, has been a huge success for us here at Grantham College. One of the College’s core values is to respect and value the diversity of our college and our communities, and this roadshow really helped to make this a real and tangible ambition for our students and staff.
“I was impressed by the level of engagement shown by our students and this was truly facilitated by the volunteers, the activities, displays and meaningful discussions. It was fascinating to observe different groups of students talking about matters of faith, belief and no belief in such an articulated way. The feedback from staff and students has been hugely positive”.
Riaz Ravat, interim director of St Philip’s Centre added: “Our United Kingdom is a proud home to so many of the world’s religions and beliefs. We have the freedoms and opportunities to show that diversity can draw together rather than divide and so our collective presence was very powerful.
“The roadshow has visited many schools and colleges in Lincolnshire but this was our first trip to Grantham College. The students engaged very well on a whole host of national and international issues. It was an encouraging day”.