INTERFAITH WEEK UK 2022 (13th-20th November)

15th November 10:00 to 16:30.


VENUE - the Auditorium at The Hold, 131 Fore St, Ipswich IP4 1LN

“The times they are a’changing” (Bob Dylan)
Chairs: Revd Canon Dr Andrew Todd & Omid Djalili


09:30: Registration.

10:00: Welcome by Prof. Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor, University of Suffolk.

10:15: Introduction to the day by Cynthia Capey, EEFA Interfaith Consultant.

10:30: “We knew we needed to change but we didn’t know how.”
Keynote lecture by Joanna Mutlow from the SPaRC team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals
Followed by questions and discussion.

11:45: Comfort break.

12:00: Summing up of the morning.

12:30: “Whether we like it or not – all the world’s our stage and we are fellow pilgrims on a journey.”

Omid and Annabel Djalili and Stefan Freedman will be leading a reflection based on “Staging Posts on the Journey of Life”* reminding us of our personal spiritual journeys as fellow travellers, supporting each other to build a better world.

* Staging Posts on the Journey of Life” is a game being developed by EEFA in partnership with the University of Suffolk.

13:00: Lunch.

14:00: “Embracing change – are we fit for purpose?”
Catherine Todd, HM Prisons Chaplaincy Service.

14:30: Embracing change – are we fit for purpose?”
Participants Forum, sharing our contexts and concerns.

15:15: Comfort break.

15:30: Summing up and what next?

16:00: End of formal programme.

“There will be no peace among the nations unless there is peace among the religions”
Hans Kung.

“Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on people’s dreams.  More seriously still, we may forget that God was here before our arrival.”

Max Warren



About the speakers.

Joanna Mutlow.  As a lifelong Humanist, Joanna had assumed (like most people) that Chaplaincy was not for non-religious people like her. But after being accredited by the NRPSN she has found her accumulated skills and ethical values entirely transferable and relevant to this role. She works part time as a Core SPaRC Practitioner, at Bradford Teaching Hospitals; is author of ‘Being There: Responses in Humanist Pastoral Care;’ and podcasts with Rev Stig Graham on ‘Opening Up Chaplaincy.’ Joanna is a Humanist funeral celebrant in Sheffield and regularly appears on BBC Radio Sheffield with ‘60 Second Sermon’.   FOR MORE ABOUT JOANNA AND SPaRC, VISIT

Catherine Todd has worked in HMPPS since 2007. Firstly, as an Anglican Chaplain, then as a Managing Chaplain and Quaker Chaplain. She now works as a Faith Advisor on the HMPPS Chaplaincy Headquarters team supporting chaplaincy teams across the country as well as being Quaker Faith Advisor for HMPPS. She has also been a nurse, midwife, parish priest, has a psychotherapy qualification and is a mother and grandmother.

Revd Canon Dr Andrew Todd is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology at Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Theological Federation.  Andrew joined Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Theological Federation from Sarum College in Salisbury, where he coordinated the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality. Prior to that, he set up and ran the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. He is a practical theologian and ethnographer. His interest in contemporary religion and spirituality has led to publications about chaplains and wider issues to do with religion in public life.  As well as supervising research students, especially on the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology, Andrew teaches a module on the Sociology of Religion. He liaises between the University and the Cambridge Theological Federation, in support of their partnership to deliver both research degrees and MAs.

Omid Djalili is a British actor, comedian and writer who recently played the herald at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Windsor Horseshow Celebrations.  Omid is a member of the Baha’i Community.

Annabel Djalili (Knight) is Omid’s wife and an actress and drama teacher.  Both Annabel and Omid are Baha’is.

Stefan Freedman is a local multi-instrumentalist, community dance leader, author and social film director.  His work centres around inclusivity and trauma release through the arts.  Born on a kibbutz in Galilee, raised in E London, he has lived in Ipswich for the past 30 years.

There will be advisers present from various faiths backgrounds.

REFRESHMENTS: Throughout the day, refreshment will be available from the Hold Café.  Participants may choose to lunch at one of the many local cafes or to bring their own lunch pack to eat outside (or on the Waterfront!)  It might be wise to bring a snack!!

RECOMMENDED READING: “The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot” by Marianne Cronin.  This novel is set in a hospital and featured the interaction of a patient and the hospital chaplain.