Interfaith Week 2016
To coincide with Interfaith Week, the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department took the LC1 girls to visit three places of worship in Gloucestershire: Cheltenham Synagogue, Gloucester Cathedral and Ryecroft Street Mosque (Masjid-e-Noor), also in Gloucester.
In the mosque the girls had a tour of the prayer hall and ablutions room followed by a talk by the imam and his assistant, who is the Muslim chaplain to Hartpury College. The imam demonstrated the call to prayer and answered various questions posed by the girls. There was also a female member of the community there, who spoke eruditely about the role of women in Islam.
At Gloucester Cathedral the girls had a tour book to complete, which saw them investigate the different functions of a cathedral, as well as considering the role of such a vast place of worship in the community. The girls had to find Miss Beale’s memorial in the Lady Chapel (a somewhat smaller version of her memorial in College) and also enjoyed re-enacting scenes from Harry Potter in the cathedral’s cloisters, which are perhaps better known globally as the corridors of Hogwarts.
Finally, the girls were given a brief tour and talk from Jenny Silverston, the UK’s first female chairman of an Orthodox synagogue. She spoke to them about her experiences as a Jew in Cheltenham and answered their many questions.
The day provided an insight into the variety of religious traditions within our community and supported the girls’ study of these three world faiths.
Mr B Forward-Davies, Second in Religious Studies and Philosophy