Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Minutes of 11/12/2007 meeting

University of Manchester Interfaith Society

18:00, 11/12/2007, St Peter's Chaplaincy's Library


Simon, Kevin, John, Yoji, Joy, Mo, James



List of suggested events and speakers for 2nd Semester

* University Calendar

Christmas vacation:
15 December 2007 - 13 January 2008

14 January 2008 - 27 January 2008

Second semester

28 January 2008 - 14 March 2008

Easter vacation:
15 March 2008 - 6 April 2008

* Multifaith calendar for 2008

* Hare Krishna

Invite them to give us cooking lesson in vegetarian cuisine

Contact Deen Bandhu

* Mormon

We decided to leave it up to individual members if they wish to pay them a visit

* Jain

Visit their temple in Levenshulme (Joy will make a contact)

* Baha'i

U.N. World Religion Day (Monday 21/01/2008)

* Humanist or Atheist

Invite a humanist or atheist speaker to discuss issue relating to secularism.

Format yet being agreed.

* Sikh

Invite the speaker from the last Banquet
* Jewish
Tu B'Shevat (Jewish New Year for Trees) 22/Jan,

Yoji will email Elliot to ask if we can be invited

* Pancake day (02/Feb) during Multicultural Week (01~06 Feb)

Join other St Peter's affiliate groups

* The Banquet

It must be held before Easter vacation.

In the past, it coincided with Manchester Peace Week (01~09 Mar 2008) and Multifaith Women's World Day of Prayer (07/Mar/08)
We have decided that we will hold a meeting 5 to 6 weeks prior to the event, i.e. before 22/Jan/08.
The publicity material should be ready two weeks prior to the event

* Retreat

Idea for the retreat will be discussed further in the next semester.

The event, if held, will happen after the Easter holiday.

* Visit to the place of worship

Joy will organise visit during the term on ad hoc basis

Standing invitation from Sikh (Saturday 7 am)

Standing invitation from Hare Krishna (Sunday)

Society Administration

Yoji is going to apply for a Life membership of Students' Union
He will fill the position of society secretary (or treasurer)
James has created yahoo mailing group. Future email will be conducted through this mailing list.

Next Meeting

To be held on the second week after we return from Christmas holiday (i.e. 22/01/08)

More formal society event calendar will be printed soon afterward.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Christmas carol service

Just a reminder, tonight 8 December at 6 is the international carol service at St Peters chaplaincy. Its Christmas carols in many languages, dont miss it!!!

Also, the catholic chaplaincy is holding its christmas carol service (Carols by Candlelight) on 12 December at 7 pm.

Next Tuesday (11/12/07), we are having our last meeting for this year. Topics of discussion are review of this year's activities (inc the last Banquet) and planning next year's schedule plus admin matters.

Visit to synagogue

A few of us visited the reform synagogue at Jackson's row on occasion of Shabbat and Hanukkah. We were greeted by Rabbi Silverman, who explained the meaning and significance of Hanukkah as a tribute to multiculturalism. Someone lit the hanukkah candles before we began, to remember sacrifice of those who laid their lives in defence of their faith and way of life. The service was very lively, with lots of songs in Hebrew based on devotion to God and other themes, from macabees and deuteronomy, and main prayer of the shabbat. Then we went down where the rabbi prayed and broke bread and wine, after which we had a vegetarian meal over friendly discussions. Later we were invited to the liberal judaism service in the Unitarian chapel, where we had lots of bagels.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

The Banquet: discussion on sexual identity and faith

The topic of "the Banquet" (formerly called Abraham's table) interfaith society food meeting on 4 december was "Sexual identity and Faith".

First there was a series of 5 minute talks by different speakers.

First speaker was an orthodox jew who was also gay, he talked of his own experience. The Hindu speaker was a girl from NHSF Hindu Soc who quoted from Bhagavad Gita, where you can achieve God no matter what you are, so sexuality isnt an issue. The sikh speaker also said its not such an issue for sikhs. The christian speaker felt that many cultural practices came under purview of religion when the church took over power that formerly belonged to the state, hence the issues. The Bahai speaker said that as in many other religions, homosexuality isnt allowed in Bahai faith, but its between you and God, no punishments are prescribed for it. The Buddhist speaker, spoke that Buddha didnt speak on the issue and so homosexuality isnt an issue but Buddhism is so diverse so its inevitable there will be different viewpoints, also the focus in Buddhism is to conquer the mind and get liberation from suffering, in the mind there is no male or female, straight or gay so this isnt an issue at all. The speaker for Paganism, said something like sexuality is not an issue: you are free to do what you want as long as you dont harm others. The muslim speaker stated that homosexuality isnt allowed in Islam as per the Shariah law.

After the first round of talks (it was around 6:45 pm) there was food which was largely vegetarian, with drinks and dessert.

When people had finished eating, there was an interfaith quiz organised by the Young Greens (Green Party student members). There were 2 questions from each religion, donated by people belonging to those religions.

At the end of everything we had a group photo. Also one leader from each religious community (including the chaplains, Mukti, Khan and Tim from multifaith reference group) signed a joined statement pledging to unite and work together on issues of common concern.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Sikh Soc video debate

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Hi all, just another email with the final details for our Video Debate event, which will take place Tomorrow!
Hope to see you all there - its gonna be next level!

Date: Tuesday 4th December (tomorrow!)
Time: 6pm-8pm
Venue: The Sandra Burslem Building (MMU), Room 201 - It is number 19 on this map
Contact: 07930120580 (Daaneshwar)

The details are also available on the attached poster!

Manchester Universities Sikh Society

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

"Maans Ki Jath Sabhai Ekai Pahihchanbo"
Recognise the whole Human Race as one

- Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj (Akaal Ustat)

NHSF events


This week...

With the National sports competiton just around the corner, practises are well under way. However, it is still not too late to be part of the team.

Date: Tuesday 4th December
Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm
Venue: Powerleague Central, 20 Union Street,M12 4JD. Meet outside the Manchester Museum entrance on Oxford Road (opposite Brunswick Street) at 5.30pm latest. Look out for the White NHSF hoodies!
Cost: Members: £1.50/ Non-Members: £2

If you are interested in taking part in either netball, kabaddi or kho please email us at with the subject title "sport", stating your name and the sport you are interested in.


This week Manchester NHSF will be hosting Bharatanatyam workshops. Bharatanatyam is a a classical dance originating from Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. It is widely practised around the world and is one of the most popular dances around! Here are the details of the workshop:

Workshop: Bharatanatyam
Date: Thursday 6th December
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: The Limes, Owens Park
Cost: FREE!


Taught by a renowned professional kathak dancer-Aakash Odedra, who has trained in India and also worked with Bollywood stars like Hritik Roshan. Again no experience is necessary so please do come along.

Date: Saturday 8th December
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Venue: Withington Girls' School, 100 Wellington Road, Fallowfield

If you are interested in attending this particular workshop, please email us at with the subject title "Dance Workshops".

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced dancer ALL students are more than welcome.

Check out our website for details -!

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Interfaith Society event: The Banquet

About 'The Banquet' December 4, 2007 at 5pm

Ever wondered what religion has to say about one's sexual orientation, sexual identity or premarital sex? If so, you'll be pleased to hear that The Banquet (formerly known as Abraham's Table) will be hosting an open discussion about sexual identity and faith. On Tuesday 4th December, at 5pm in Hillel House (Greenhey's Lane, Hulme, M15 6LR-behind John Rylands library) you'll have the unique opportunity to listen to members of different faiths give their religion's perspective on sexual identity. This will be followed by a quiz on xenophobia and a FREE meal (kosher, halal and vegetarian will be catered for).

Along with the Interfaith reference group and the Young Greens, the Interfaith society would like to invite you to attend, listen and engage in the discussion.

Challenging orthodoxies Society debate: God, delusion or truth

'God: Delusion or Truth?'

A discussion forum organised by the challenging orthodoxies society on the existence of God. Everybody is welcome.

Tuesday 4th December
Roscoe building
Lecture Theatre A
5:15 - 7:00 pm

Two speakers

Guy Otten
Senior Crown Prosecutor and member of the British Humanist Association.
"God belongs in the museum alongside jupiter, zeus, odin, mithras and zoroaster."

Sharif Hafizi
Islamic philosopher and author of forthcoming book.
"I believe any rational thinking person would come to the conclusion that a Creator exists by necessity."

Two short talks followed by question and answer session.

Sikh Soc events

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Hey all! After an amazing North Sikhi Week and a great turnout for football and badminton last week, its time for the penultimate event of the year.

As we take a lax approach to a fun-filled Christmas holiday, the Sikh Soc gives all of you intellectuals a chance to stimulate your brains with a Video debate.

What is a Video debate I hear all of you ask? We are giving you the chance to watch 3 short, interesting Sikhi related videos which will no doubt invigorate and raise some everyday issues faced by all of the members providing you with the ideal platform to enlighten and perhaps even challenge some of them. Now as well as SikhSoc being the most fun-filled, social societies the universities have to offer, we also like to live up to our reputation of being intellectually and spiritually grounded. So bring yourselves along to the table not forgetting your brains and chat, argue and debate about what really grinds your gears!!

Date: Tuesday 4th December
Where: TBC – another email is going to be sent out in the near future.
When: 6.30-8.30pm
Contact: 07930120580 (Daaneshwar)

Hoodies will also be available for purchase at the event!
So look out for another email very soon with the venue for the debate. It's gonna be big – so hope to see you ALL there!

Manchester Universities Sikh Society

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
"Maans Ki Jath Sabhai Ekai Pahihchanbo"
Recognise the whole Human Race as one

- Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj (Akaal Ustat)