Glasgow is home to people from a rich variety of cultures. Through centuries of immigration and integration of communities the city has developed its unique identity. As the demographic of its population has evolved so has its religious traditions. In a country which once identified almost wholly as Christian, now approximately two thirds of its population identify as Christian, in its various forms, while many others follow religious faiths either brought with them to the city from their countries of origin or adopted by them as a result of individual development and discovery.
This exhibition recognises and celebrates this rich diversity of cultural and of faith. The images do not, by and large, show or attempt to show the conduct of different religious services but instead illustrate the day-to-day lives and daily acts of the people who follow each faith in their own way. It is hoped that the viewer will see at least two things, firstly that there is a rich, wide and colourful range of religious traditions being followed in the city and, secondly, that no matter how different the appearance of these different traditions and belief systems, the simple daily and weekly acts followed or performed by those in each faith bear remarkable degrees of similarity.
So it can be seen that whether that faith is Christian, Sikh, Jewish or that of another community, people of faith engage in practical actions on a daily basis which might involve simple acts of devotion, the sharing and giving of food and beverage, caring for and supporting the elderly and infirm, spreading joy through song and music or sometimes providing fellowship to others through community action. These are the unassuming acts of faith which we celebrate in this exhibition. These sometimes simple yet significant acts show us that regardless of the differences in outward appearance, there is more that binds each faith group to each other than can separate it.
The participating faith communities to whom we are indebted are the members of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Cranhill Parish Church, the Sikh community at the Glasgow Gurdwara, the Salvation Army, Hindu Mandir, Brahma Khumaris, Quakers, the Glasgow Unitarian Church, Giffnock Synagogue, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow and the Glasgow Muslim community.