The Calendar below includes upcoming DFBF events and other interfaith events in Devon, and reports and photos of previous events.
See also the Shap e-calendar of Religious Festivals, featuring dates and descriptions of festivals. It is an invaluable resource for the teaching profession, students, businesses, chaplaincies, those in health care and public services.
Lizzie Small: Porrajmos, the untold story of the Romani genocide
Lizzie is a member of the Roma community, and she will be showing the powerful and moving film ‘Porrajmos’ (Romani holocaust), which explores the prejudice targetted against Roma and Sinti peoples, and documents their treatment at the hands of the Nazis in WW2.
Stuart Raine: the story of Otto Deutsch, Kindertransport child
Otto was from a Jewish working class family in Vienna. His father was arrested and disappeared on Kristallnacht, denounced by his best friend. Otto was saved with a cousin because they were young enough for their parents to find them places on the Kindertransport trains out of Vienna. Otto’s older sister Adele was not allowed to go being too old. The remainder of the family perished in the Holocaust. He spent the greater part of his retirement in Westcliff/Southend telling his story to schools and other groups so that the family would not be forgotten so it is entirely appropriate that we continue to remember and pass what happened on to future generations
Anastasia Somerville-Wong: Genocide in Cambodia, when the darkest side of our nature prevails
Giving examples from historical genocides, Dr Anastasia Somerville-Wong explains why, under certain conditions, people start to see those with different characteristics as subhuman. There is a particular focus on the 1975-1979 genocide in Cambodia, which had a devastating impact on members of her family. Anastasia goes on to explain how these tragedies can be prevented by creating and sustaining economic and political systems which thrive on diversity and nurture the better side of human nature.
Helen Fry: the story of the Jewish refugees living in North Devon during WW2
Challenging Extremism, Promoting Social Cohesion: The Role of Faith Leaders
Author, campaigner and commentator, Sara Khan is one of the UK’s authoritative voices on countering extremism. In 2018 she was appointed by the Home Secretary to lead the newly created Commission for Countering Extremism. In March 2021, Sara was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Government’s Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience.