Relationships of faith

THE terrorist attack in New York on September 11, 2001 and world events since then have had a negative impact on relationships between different faiths and cultures.

By making an effort to see beyond the myths, to realise how much we have in common and yet value our diversity, it is hoped that a greater level of understanding can be created between the followers of all religions and those of none.

A new course will be starting in Forfar in January for those who would like to learn about different world religions

The course will run for six weeks, with speakers belonging to different faith traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Baha'i, Christianity, Judaism and Islam giving presentations about their religion.

“The course, which is open to everyone, aims to look beyond stereotypes that govern our attitudes towards people of different beliefs from our own,” said Carrie Varjavandi, co-ordinator of the course.

“By meeting people from different faiths and learning from each other, we can begin to overcome the prejudices that have so long plagued the world, and led to the belief that religion is the cause of hatred, instead of promoting harmony and understanding.”

As well as finding out about the world's religions from people who practise them, the course aims to encourage dialogue between people of all faiths and none.

The course, which has been organised by the Continuing Education Department of Dundee University with support from Dundee Inter Faith Association, will be in the Community Wing of Forfar Academy, Taylor Street, Forfar, on Thursdays,

commencing January 15 for six weeks, and costs 39 (concessions 30).

Those wishing to register should contact the University of Dundee 01382 344809.