Maidstone Inter-Faith Network
Bringing faith communities together in Maidstone
Improving understanding, dialogue and relationships between people of different faiths and beliefs in the Maidstone area through respect of differences and recognition of similarities
Maidstone Inter-Faith Network (MIFN) was formed in 2018 when a few like-minded people of different faiths in Maidstone felt the need to develop stronger links between themselves and other faiths in the area. The network continues to grow: our mission is to promote, organise and support inter-faith activities in the Maidstone area to learn about faith and belief traditions, inform others, reduce misunderstanding and improve community relationships.
To view and download a factsheet about MIFN click here
To view an Inter-Faith Calendar for 2021 click here (reproduced with kind permission of Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum)
Maidstone Radio broadcast an interview with two MIFN representatives on 28 June 2020 - scroll down and click on the play button
To view our Constitution click here
Our current faith representatives are, in alphabetical order, as follows:
Bahá'í. Click here for more information
Buddhist. Click here for more information
Christian Science. Click here for more information.
Church of England. Click here for more information.
Islam. Click here for more information.
Judaism. Click here for more information.
Methodist. Click here for more information.
Unitarian. Click here for more information.
United Reformed Church. Click here for more information.
This page is being continually updated - please visit us again for more information.
What we've been doing and our future plans
PHOTOGRAPHIC ART COMPETITION: SPRING 2021
We recently ran a competition on the theme of 'Spring or Renewal' A huge thank you to everyone who entered. Our judging panel (of MIFN members) decided on joint winners, 2nd place, 3rd place and most humorous entry. To view the winning entries, and all the other entries, click here. (Note: please be patient - it's a large document and will take a few seconds to load)
BEREAVEMENT - FAITH PERSPECTIVES: APRIL 2021
We were asked recently by a local voluntary organisation to provide some information about bereavement from different faith perspectives. Given the tragic toll of Covid-19 in recent months, which has affected people from every type of background, we hope this document will provide some useful information. Click here to view the document.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 27 JANUARY 2021
Holocaust Memorial Day is an occasion to remember and honour all those who were so tragically and brutally lost in The Shoah, as well as victims of more recent genocides. It was marked with a national online event, followed by a local candle lighting and reflections event hosted by the Kent Liberal Jewish Community. Anne Goldstein (an MIFN member) has written an insightful article about Holocaust memorial Day - click here to read the article. KCC hosted an online event and this can be viewed here. A national online ceremony was also held and can be viewed here.
INTER-FAITH MARRIAGE: ONLINE SEMINAR - 9 NOVEMBER 2020
This event was a great success, with participants joining from Kent, other parts of the UK and even the USA! Rev Dr Bonni-Belle Pickard gave an inspiring presentation, sharing her research findings on inter-faith marriage. Time was also provided for breakout discussion groups to explore some issues in greater depth.
SUPPORT TO SCHOOLS AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLES' GROUPS - SEPT 2019 ONWARDS
We have provided inter-faith activities and support to the following schools and youth groups:
Langley Park Primary School (Sept 2019).
Aylesford School (Nov 2019). To view a short video of this event click here.
Madginford Primary School (Dec 2019)
Parkwood and Boughton Monchelsea Cubs Scouts (Mar 2020)
Work with other schools is planned in the coming months.
GIVEN THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19, IF YOUR SCHOOL WOULD LIKE OUR HELP WE CAN PROVIDE ONLINE SUPPORT UNTIL THE SITUATION IMPROVES. PLEASE USE THE CONTACT US FORM TO LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOME ASSISTANCE.
MAIDSTONE MELA JULY 2019
MIFN manned an exhibition and presented the prizes for a poster competition that we organised with local primary schools. Click here to see a photo - the winner is pictured here with MIFN Chair Nicky Younosi (left) and Secretary David Grant (right).