COVID-19 Statement

Interfaith Council for Wales

The leaders of the Interfaith Council for Wales have issued a joint plea asking Wales’ faith communities to ensure that their buildings are not used for acts of public worship or public gatherings until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Interfaith Council, which includes in its membership most of Wales’ faith communities, issues this urgent plea in line with Government guidance and the advice offered by Public Health Wales. It also underlines the guidance and instructions already issued by most faith community leaders in Wales. Guidance has been offered concerning worshipping at home or through other appropriate means.

In these challenging times, the Interfaith Council for Wales urges faith communities to nurture and protect each other by following the advice offered by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The leaders of the Interfaith Council for Wales state “As people of faith we should not place each other’s health at risk by meeting contrary to known advice. Nor should we pose a risk to those in the wider community who may come into contact with us. We should play our part, without being compelled to do so, in ensuring the wellbeing of others and our communities.”

Kate McColgan (Chair)

Surinder Channa (Vice Chair)

Aled Edwards (Secretary)

Saleem Kidwain (Treasurer)

Interfaith Events in July

Author: Chris Abbas of the Baha’i community

1st July:

Five members of the Interfaith Council attended the First Minister’s celebration of 20 years of Devolution. The event took place in Cathays Park. I was pleased that it was acknowledged by Mark Drakeford in his short address, that for the first 10 years of Devolution there was no Interfaith Council, and now he couldn’t see how we could carry on without it (or words to that effect).

4th/5th July:

Lampeter University Interfaith Colloquium. Both Viv Bartlett (Baha’i) and Saleem Kidwai (Mulsim Council of Wales) were speakers at this year’s event. They were talking about Practices of Justice in a multi-faith society.

(Photo courtesy of Lampeter University)

9th July:

Faiths in Focus – the Martyrdom of the Báb – in Newport at Community House. Over 40  people attended the first event in this initiative to be hosted by the Bahá’ís. Many were from the Interfaith community whilst others were from the police, education and various other organisations. The story was told in a variety of ways, such as music, dramatic readings and video and everyone was invited to contribute their understandings on sacrifice whether in our own lives or the lives of the great Founders of all faiths.

(Photo courtesy of Deb Robinson)

Eid Celebration

The Muslim Council of Wales and the Interfaith Council for Wales would like to kindly invite you to our Eid Celebration event. This will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 at Dar-Ul Isra Mosque, 21-23 Wyverne Road, Cardiff CF24 4BG.

The Muslim Council of Wales and the Interfaith Council for Wales would like to kindly invite you to our Eid Celebration event. This will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 at Dar-Ul Isra Mosque, 21-23 Wyverne Road, Cardiff CF24 4BG.

As you may know, the Islamic month of Ramadan will end in the first week of June. Muslims across the world will be celebrating the festival of Eid. We would like to warmly invite you to share in these celebrations with the Cardiff Muslim community.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what Eid and Ramadan means to Muslims. You are welcome to hear about how Welsh Muslims celebrate Eid, ask questions, have your name written in beautiful Arabic calligraphy and taste the various world foods eaten at Welsh homes during the festival.

Please find below a brief programme of the evening:

6:00pm Drinks reception

6:30pm Short presentations

7:30pm World food tasting and networking

8:00pm Carrriages

In order to RSVP, please kindly email We look forward to sharing your company.

Interfaith Fire Ceremony

The Interfaith Fire Ceremony at Aro Ling Cardiff was a joyful occasion. The weather was perfect for an outdoor event, and everyone enjoyed taking part in celebrating Buddha Day.

First Ngakma Nor’dzin gave a short talk on the significance of Buddha Day for Buddhists, and the format of the ceremony itself.

The fire was created over a mandala, and oil was poured onto it as an offering throughout the ceremony.

A thread-cross was burned at the end of the ceremony. The woven threads symbolise the elements earth, water, fire, air, and space, using the colours yellow, white, red, green, and blue. The elements represent physical and psychological qualities. The threads are woven to decrease distortion of the elements, and to increase the enlightened qualities.

After the ceremony, while the fire was still lively, those attending were invited to place messages in the fire. The symbolism of burning messages is to let go of something unhelpful, such as a grudge or an irritation, and to effectuate something helpful, such as a good wish for someone, or a personal aspiration.