Along with the Islamic Society, Jewish Society and Durham University Chaplaincy Network, we’ve been busy organising events to celebrate and share some of the wonderful diversity of faiths in Durham. We’re excited to welcome everyone who wants to learn more about faith groups in Durham, to meet new people and to ask questions in an open and supportive environment.
The Joint Anglican and Methodist Society are a Christian Society in Durham which is open to anyone of any background. We meet every Sunday evening at Elvet Methodist Church or at St Oswald’s Church. You can expect discussion about how faith implicates us in the 21st Century – from issues on sexuality and gender to politics, poverty and the environment.
We are a Christian Society which strongly supports the LGBT+ community and also advocates disability, race and gender rights. We are open to those of every faith and none, and discussion is open and balanced. We promote a Safe Space in which people’s views can be voiced without fear of judgment, which we believe helps us all to grow together.
Sharing values, understanding differences
Teng, a 2nd year biomedical sciences student and member of JAM) shares some of his experience in the society; “JAM Soc is an incredible society – warm, friendly, oriented towards justice, inclusivity and doing good for the community. I’ve found a home with the marvellous people I’ve met. The various Bible study sessions have made me think more about what it means to be a Christian and Christianity in today’s context, and spurred me on in my journey to faith. I’ve always felt it’s important for interfaith dialogue. Though all religions differ in theology, and differences exist even in the same religion, we are similar in the values we share and what we would like the world to be. It’s vital that in the multireligious context we live in, that we better understand each other and work together towards a better society.”
Interfaith Week events
All Durham Interfaith Societies societies look forward to welcoming students of all faiths and none to come and share and explore Durham’s diversity.
Perpectives on Christianity, a lecture by the Joint Anglican and Methodist Society took place last night.
Friday Night Dinner with the Jewish Society
Please join us welcome in the Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest), with a few prayers, a catered meal, and hopefully some great conversation!
Date: Friday 16 November, 7:30-9:30pm
Venue: Lindisfarne Centre (St Aidan’s College)
Please note there is a £4 cost for this event
Chat to members of the local Sikh community and get hands on with Sikh objects from the Oriental Museum’s collections. Find out about the religions of the world with our new gallery trail. This activity is being held to support Inter Faith Week and is suitable for all ages.
Date: Saturday 17 November, 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH
Faith support at Durham University
Visit the Chaplaincy and Faith Support webpages to find out more about what Durham and the surrounding area has to offer in the form of faith support and different faith communities.