Report by Rosina Thorpe
On Wednesday 22nd of January the Leixlip Annual Interfaith Celebration took place with the theme, “Values for Life to the Next Generation”
This event has been taking place each year since 2003 and this year saw a continuation of the tradition of bringing together a richly diverse group of speakers from Christianity, Budism, Islam, the Baha’i Faith, Humanism & Judaism. Each speaker was given 6 minutes to expand on the theme of the evening from their own unique perspective.
The theme of “Values for life to the next generation” allowed the speakers to give their own particular take on the values they personally felt were the most significant to pass on to those who will follow in future generations. While each speaker brought to the topic aspects of their own particular beliefs, what was most striking about the evening was not the differences but the similarities in the threads of thought which were used to explore the theme as a whole.
By the end of the evening there was a distinct atmosphere of unity among those gathered, which was a testament to the importance of such events in breaking down prejudices which would have us concentrate only on our differences.
Interspersed throughout the evening was a variety of musical performances which added to the diverse atmosphere of the evening. The gathering concluded with a chance for all those who participated and attended to enjoy refreshments together, share stories and soak up the lovely ambiance of togetherness which pervaded the night.