Exhibition highlights Inter Faith Week in Wirral

As part of the 2022 Inter Faith Week, Wirral Deen Centre has organised an exhibition at Birkenhead Central Library that includes artwork created by local school children.

Each year, Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday and runs until the following Sunday. The aim is to encourage people to remember together the contributions of all faiths and none, and to consider how best to create a just, peaceful, and harmonious world.

Visitors to the exhibition can also help create a piece of artwork, by adding their fingerprints as leaves on a canvas of a tree.

Earlier today, the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Jeff Green, visited the exhibition. He said, “I think the exhibition is lovely! The fact that so many schools have been involved in producing some of the really thoughtful and imaginative elements within the display is tremendous.

“At a time when there’s so much intolerance and anger and people seem quick to criticise and to attack other people’s views, I think the idea of inter faith and all faiths being important and people understanding them is vitally important.”

Director of Education at Wirral Deen Centre, Neil Sledge, said, “The Wirral Deen Centre aims to be a community hub for all people. Everyone is welcome from all faiths or no faith at all. Inter faith week really represents that aim, that hope, that ambition.

“By getting schools involved, we get children to think about different religious views on a theme. This year it is trees, life, and faith, to think about their own feelings about the symbolism, the philosophical thoughts behind what a tree really represents.

“We’re trying to encourage people to get together to talk, to meet, discuss, and think, and also socialise in our community centre here at the Wirral Dean Centre and Mosque.”

Inter Faith Week:

  • Highlights the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations
  • Draws new people into inter faith learning and cooperation
  • Enables greater interaction between people of different backgrounds
  • Helps develop integrated and neighbourly communities
  • Celebrates diversity and commonality
  • Opens new possibilities for partnership

The exhibition is at Birkenhead Central Library and runs until Saturday 26 November.

Main image: (L-R) Diane Mitchell – Librarian, Sarah Johnson – a volunteer at Wirral Deen Centre, Neil Sledge – Director of Education at Wirral Deen Centre, The Mayor and Mayoress, Amanda Evans – Education Committee member at Wirral Deen Centre, and Pauline Cocker – Patron at Wirral Deen Centre

The Mayor shares a joke with (L) Amanda Evans and (R) Pauline Cocker
The Mayor and Mayoress at the Wirral Deen Centre, with (L-R) Neil Sledge, Qari Salman, Pauline Cocker, and Amanda Evans
Neil Sledge guides the Mayoress through the exhibition
The tree that you can add your fingerprint leaves to
Amanda Evans admiring the exhibition
Neil Sledge #WeStandTogether

Images: www.fotopiaimages.com

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