Schoolchildren from across Hampshire came together to launch the new 2014 Hampshire Interfaith Calendar at an event at Hampshire County Council in Winchester.
To mark Interfaith Week (17 - 23 November 2013), 30 children from infant, primary and secondary schools across Hampshire picked up prizes for their winning designs in the calendar in a competition coordinated by the Hampshire Interfaith Network (HIN) and Hampshire County Council.
Children were encouraged to produce artwork to represent a religious event, in any one given calendar month of the year. Each winning calendar design relates to one of over a hundred religious festivals featured in the calendar from the nine faith groups represented.
In line with the pattern of national faith community bodies, formally linked by the Interfaith Network for the UK, the nine faith groups supported by HIN are: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and the Baha'i faith. The Network's aim is to promote interfaith harmony and understanding for the benefit of the people of Hampshire by encouraging and promoting respect, communication and the knowledge of different faiths across the county.
Following the Calendar launch, on Wednesday 20 November 2013, Hampshire County Council Chairman, Councillor Ken Thornber, CBE welcomed guests to the seventh annual Hampshire Interfaith Lecture, presented by guest speaker, Dr Moojan Momen, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.
Dr Momen was born in Iran, but was raised and educated in England, attending the University of Cambridge. He has a special interest in the study of the Baha'i Faith and Shi`i Islam, both from the viewpoint of their history and their doctrines. In recent years, his interests have extended to the study of the phenomenon of religion.
Commenting, Co-Chairman of the Hampshire Interfaith Network and Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, Councillor Andrew Joy said: "I would like to congratulate all the young artists who submitted their designs for this year's calendar competition. Once again, their entries were of outstanding quality."
"In addition to launching the new 2014 Calendar during this year's Interfaith Week, it has been a huge privilege to welcome Dr Momen as our guest speaker for the annual Interfaith Lecture and I would like to thank him for his inspirational words. These events play a valuable role in building greater understanding between people of different faiths and cultures across the county, and Hampshire County Council is delighted to support this worthwhile event."
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