The Interfaith Contact Group
The Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group

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About The Interfaith Contact Group

The Brighton & Hove Inter-Faith Contact Group (IFCG) exists as a resource for contact and dialogue between many faith communities and traditions in the Brighton and Hove area. We work together to build peaceful relations, and promote greater understanding between people of different faiths, and none, and their communities in our City.

The Day of Compassion and The Service of Compassion

The Day of Compassion: The Mayor of Brighton & Hove has set aside a day – Sunday October 17th when the people of the City can come together to honour the lives of those lost and those that have sacrificed so much for our City during the time of the pandemic. A variety of organisations have generously volunteered their facilities, services and skills to make The Day possible, including The Brighton Dome, The Friends’ Meeting House, The Unitarian Church, the Fabrica Art Gallery and the Jubilee Library. All these organisations will be offering their space for a variety of inspirational activities in support of The Day of Compassion. There will be workshops, stalls, music, exhibitions, meditation and quiet space for contemplation available at these various locations.

The Service of Compassion: Held in The Brighton Dome, at 4pm on October 17th, the Service of Compassion will feature words, music and films, with a focus on the losses experienced by our City during the pandemic. Our local MPs, the Mayor and the people will share recollections and music both reflective and uplifting with some of the City’s most special people – the carers, essential workers and voluntary supporters. Losses of all kinds will be honoured during this beautiful secular service. Tickets are available now from The Brighton Dome. This is a free event.

The Interfaith Contact Group of Brighton and Hove will be organising The Day of Compassion.

Light in the Lockdown

The Covid 19 crisis has profoundly affected so many of us. Many faith groups have responded heroically even though the doors of their places of worship were closed during lockdown. Thanks to so many good, kind and diverse groups, many people across the City have been fed and nurtured, and the IFCG has sought to bring comfort with the weekly publication of prayers, poems and readings — Words of Connection.

All this and the growing awareness of the importance of spirit has been included in an inspired and compassionate documentary film entitled Light in the Lockdown, produced by the IFCG and created by the gifted ethical film-maker Sarah West of West Creative. We invite you to enjoy this film, and also share it as widely as possible with others. Thank you.

Please click the link below for more information on what the IFCG is and what it does:

IFCG Summary

IFCG Contact Details

Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group

IFCG Chair –  Rev Anthea Ballam

IFCG Secretary – Sheila Boyer

IFCG Membership Secretary – David Selo