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First Minister Praises Faith Groups

Wednesday November 15 2023

The First Minister of Scotland, Humza Yousaf, has praised the hard work, creativity and unity of Scotland’s faith communities.

In a message recorded for Scottish Interfaith Week (November 12-19), Mr Yousaf said that ‘Scotland has one of the strongest interfaith traditions in the world’ and called on them to ‘continue to build ever closer communities together’.

“In Scotland our faith communities welcome each other into their places of worship. Our communities share food, song and prayer with one another,” Mr Yousaf said. “We have pioneered what it means to live in solidarity. Solidarity that goes far beyond tolerance, crucially it embraces love.”

He thanked Interfaith Scotland for the ‘fantastic’ programme of events taking place this week, which he said ‘speak to the hard work, creativity and unity of faith communities across Scotland’.

Interfaith Scotland are hosting events throughout the week including a tour of local places of worship in Glasgow and online events tackling loneliness, seeking climate justice, and exploring spiritual community.

Director of Interfaith Scotland, Dr Maureen Sier said, “Scotland is a nation rich with culture and diversity, though we rarely have the opportunity to celebrate this strength. Scottish Interfaith Week is an accessible and exciting way to learn more about the communities around us and befriend our neighbours.”

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