Lots of Laughter, fun, dialogue, meeting and greeting happened last night at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paisley. Thanks to the amazing efforts of the Renfrewshire Interfaith Forum in organising a fantastic evening of Interfaith Ceilidh and Buffet as a part of the #SIFW2016.
I was delighted to have attended this event. People of diverse nationalities and religions attended the event. The guests were welcomed wholeheartedly and instantly made comfortable and at ease. The event started off by a prayer and the individuals were given the choice and freedom to say their own prayers. This was followed by Ceilidh dancing with live music by professional Ceilidh band.
It was amazing to see how quickly bonds were forming and people were teaching the dance moves to the likes of me and others who had hardly done any Ceilidh dancing in the past. There was lots of laughter and friendly banter between complete strangers.
There was a very tasty variety of food for the buffet and I could not stop eating the cakes. The event was very well planned. There was plenty of time to eat and this was a perfect setting for meeting and greeting and getting to know about the interfaith work that had been carried out and the projects being planned.
Mr. Douglas Yates, one the organisers of this event, informed me that for him the primary purpose of interfaith was the ‘learning’, and I surely learned. Creating an atmosphere of laughter and fun certainly keeps differences aside and brings people together onto a common ground and forms a perfect platform to start friendly dialogue and form relations. I also learnt how not to fall whist taking part in Ceilidh, thanks to lovely Rae, who took the brunt of being my dance partner.