Upcoming in London

Check out our new What’s On page for a full listing of London events for LBFN members & friends – email us with your news or add items to our Facebook page.

bed flyerThursday 21 May 3.30pm – 9pm Bridging Extreme Differences: Building Dialogue with Extremists at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, WC1A 2LP hosted by BIMA – Belief in Mediation and Arbitration. Download flyer.

Thursday 21 May 6:30pm – 8:30pm Death, Dying and Religion – Spirituality at the End of Life at Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0RN, on the role of spiritual care at the end of life, followed by Q&A. Rafi Fuchs, Spiritual Co-ordinator at Jewish care home Nightingale House, Eva Bellim, Trinity Hospice, Imam Suliman Gani, Tooting Mosque and Dennis Pearce, Bermondsey Buddhist Centre on their perspectives of death and dying, followed by a discussion on how we can work together to improve the relationship between religious communities and hospices.  For healthcare professionals, community leaders and members of the public.

bacTuesday 26 May – Saturday 6 June 7pm Like Mother Like Daughter at Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with Complicite, Women’s Interfaith Network and 3FF.  If you could ask your mother one question about her life, what would it be? What is the most important thing a mother can pass on to her daughter? Performed by mothers and daughters from different religions, Like Mother, Like Daughter is a celebration of the traditions we inherit and what we pass on. LBFN is offered half price tickets (£7.50) – use the promotion code “FRIEND” when booking.

Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 May European Network on Religion and Belief AGM in Brussels, Belgium.  LBFN has been involved in setting up ENORB from the start.  The AGM is free of charge and open to all. The focus this year is “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and Belief and Solidarity: what limitations are acceptable in a plural Europe?”

Screen-Shot-2015-03-30-at-10.05.36Thursday 28 May 1pm – 8pm  Bridge the – GAP Musicians, artists and poets from all backgrounds are invited to to contribute. “This project aims to bring together residents of Camden, from all backgrounds to participate in an event to celebrate and enhance community harmony regardless of your background or beliefs. This will be achieved by designating a day to recognise and repair relationships which may have broken down, or by reaching out to someone not in our normal circle. It is a day in which we attempt to bridge the many gaps that have occurred in our relationships and community.” At Camden Lock – find details here.

lewishamSunday 31 May 1pm – 3.45pm Lewisham Inter Faith Walk for Peace with Lewisham Police and Lewisham Council, including Catford Synagogue, Lewisham Civic Centre, Lewisham Islamic Centre (where lunch will be served), Lewisham Methodist Church, Lewisham Sivan Temple and Lewisham Police Station. Download flyer.

Monday 1 June  9am – 7pm  Moving Beyond “Us” and “Them”: Challenging Discourses of Religious Otherness and Building a More Inclusive Society at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park – a forum to challenge the ‘us’ and ‘them’ divide – which is not a simple binary, but a complex relationship in which religion intersects with many other social divisions. Moving BeyondParticipants will discuss possibilities for reducing social divisions within and across groups as well as opportunities to build a more inclusive society in which the voices of Muslim and other minority religious groups are not simply heard, but also understood on equal terms to the majority religious and secular groups. LBFN’s Convener is one of the speakers along with Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Islamic College of Advanced Studies, Justine Huxley of St Ethelburga’s Centre, Fiyaz Mogul, Faith Matters, and Revd Dr James Walters, LSE Chaplain.

planting seeds of hopeMonday 1 June 7pm – 9pm Planting Seeds for Hope at St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ.  Join in solidarity with people across the planet as we fast and pray for the climate, leading up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris, December 2015.  An evening of silence, prayer and collective action. Download flyer.  LBFN is supporting multifaith & intercultural involvement in the lead up to the Conference.  Walking and cycling pilgrimages to Paris are being planned.

Wednesday 3 June 6.30pm Examining the Extreme: Radicalisation among Muslim Youth – Mediums and Tools with Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Demos, Naveed Sheikh, Keele University, Anthony Richards, University of East London at the Dialogue Society, 402 Holloway Road, N7 6PZ.

winindex1Saturday 6 June 10am – 4.30pm Westminster Interfaith 30th Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace with Hounslow Friends of Faith, starting at Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 60 Neville Close Hounslow TW3 4JG.

Sunday 7 June 4pm South London Inter Faith Group AGM at Brixton Hill Methodist Church, SW2 2TX. Download flyer.

migrationMonday 8 June 10.30am-3.30pm Day seminar on Migration with London Churches Social Action at The Abbey Centre at St Margaret’s Church, North Street, Barking, IG11 8AS. Lunch provided. “It promises to be an excellent day with fantastic contributions and plenty of opportunity for discussion. A timely opportunity for London Churches to develop some key “Common Voice” messages on this topic.”

Frontline Film ClubMonday 8 June  6.30pm LBFN’s Frontline Film Club led by 18-30s at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.  Intercultural discussion group provoked by documentaries and film. Come along & have your say. Booking essential.

HFOF-logoTuesday 9 June 10am – 1.15pm  Feeling secure, keeping safe and countering hate – We Stand Together. Following on from LBFN’s meeting at New Scotland Yard last month, Hounslow Friends of Faith have organised a morning with the Metropolitan Police, Tell Mama and London Resilience at Hounslow Jamia Masjid, Wellington Road South, Hounslow TW4 5HU. Download details.

Tuesday 9 June 6pm-8pm Westminster Faith Exchange: Child Safeguarding at Lord Mayor’s Reception Rooms, 18th Floor, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP.  Panel event looking at the work being done by local authorities, faith groups and charities to help improve the safeguarding of children. Download flyer.

SONY DSCWednesday 10 June 10am – 4.30pm Fundamentals of Project Management  Community and voluntary organisations are working hard to improve the lives of their members, users and the neighbourhoods they live in. There is never enough time or resources to do everything we would like to. Brush up on how to use your time wisely.

  • The project life-cycle
  • Attributes of an effective project manager
  • Building a diverse team
  • The project constraint triangle
  • Risk assessment
  • Finance and budgets
  • Communication and engagement
  • Tools and techniques including network analysis, Gantt charts
  • Project evaluation – soft and hard measures

An intensive day of training (reduced cost £50 for community groups) led by Steve Miller of Faith-based Regeneration Network. This series is a joint project of FbRN, LBFN and Faiths Forum for London. It will take place at our new offices at Collaboration House (Goodge St tube).

FTiL logoWednesday 10 – Thursday 11 June Mental Health First Aid Training with Faiths Together in Lambeth, TOPAZ and South London & Maudsley NHS Trust. Two day Mental Health First Aid course, free for members of FTiL, others welcome to inquire. Download flyer.

Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 June **details tbc** – contact Bethan for latest plans. 10.30am at Imperial War Museum Peace Garden & 12.30pm at Battesea Park Peace Pagoda Road to Peace Pilgrimage Walk sets off from London to Glastonbury in tribute to the Dalai Lama’s 80th year and his advocacy for Global Peace and Interfaith Harmony. “Like troubadours and pilgrims of old, we will offer screenings of Road to Peace and musical performances to local community and faith groups in towns and villages, in exchange for traditional hospitality by way of food and lodging,” Download flyer

Wednesday 17 June 4-5pm Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group Guest speaker is Joan Salter “Being saved from the Holocaust”.  Download flyer.

Community Reconciliation St Ethelburga'sWednesday 24 June 10am – 4.30pm Community Reconciliation: Collaborative Inquiry at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace. Full-day conference. Speakers from Search for Common Ground, Community Resolve, Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland and Bradford University. The day will include a) Reviewing the scale and nature of the need for community reconciliation work around the UK, b) Looking at what theoretical ideas can helpfully inform practice, c) Examining approaches that have proved most useful & d) Taking stock of what resources are available to support local action. £20 including lunch. Download flyer.

Upcoming events

Peace Cafe 20 April 6pm MediaHustings and other election events (some of them this week) are listed here.

Monday 20 April 10am-4pm  Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network CoProduction Research Conference, Springfield Hospital, Tooting, SW17 7DJ

Monday 20 April 5.30pm – 7.30pm Peace Café at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.  Topic this month is “the media, peace and social justice“. Bring a little food to share.

Wednesday 20 April – last day to register to vote in the General Election.  Download Westminster Faith Exchange’s briefing here.

Wednesday 22 April 9am – 10.30am  Security Briefing at New Scotland Yard for places of worship and religious & belief communities.

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Immigrant Diaries at Southbank Centre

Wednesday 22 April 6pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop at the Khalsa Centre, 95 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TW.

Friday 24 April 8.30pm Immigrant Diaries “Statistics don’t tell the story of immigrants; people do.” Guest comedians and entertainers share their stories of immigration at the Southbank Centre, SE1. £10.

Saturday 25 April 10am – 2pm Southwark Multifaith Health & Environment event at Southwark Carers, Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN,  to learn more about plant based living.

Woven Threads & Torn Fabric

Woven Threads and Torn Fabrics

Sunday 26 April 4pm Woven Threads & Torn Fabric: the story of Yosef & Zuleikha.  A Jewish-Muslim telling of the Joseph story at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG. £10. www.woventhreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 29 April 2:30pm Faithful Friends (Richmond upon Thames) ‘What is Humanism and the Changing Religion and Belief Landscape in Britain‘ Talk by Jeremy Rodell in Room 2008, second floor, John Galsworthy Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Rd Campus.

Near Neighbours invite Hammersmith and Fulham

Near Neighbours funding workshop on Friday 1 May 3pm in Hammersmith & Fulham

Friday 1 May 3pm – 4.30pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop in Hammersmith & Fulham at St Andrew’s Church, Greyhound Road, London W14 9SA.  Download flyer here .

Tuesday 5 May 6.30pm Pre-election Frontline Film Club (18-30s), focusing on hot topics from the election campaign at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.

Friday 8 May 10am Beyond Collaboration: co-creating the new at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. £48.

Sunday 10 May 9.30am – 4.30pm Repairing the Earth: A Jewish Muslim ResponseAn-Nisa Society in partnership with the Leo Baeck College invites Muslims and Jews to a text-based workshop.  £30.  Details and registration here.

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Diary of a Hounslow Girl 3-6 June Oval House Theatre, Lambeth

Sunday 10 May 8pm Council of Christians and Jews presents Nostra Aetate: More Sentiment Than Substance? at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET.

Wednesday 20 May 4pm Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group at the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1. Sally Reith of Shared Interest on investing in a fairer world.

Thursday 28 May Camden’s Bridge The Gap, a new designated day to bring people together.

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 June New drama by Ambreen Razia Diary of a Hounslow Girl at Oval House Theatre, Kennington, Lambeth.

Saturday 6 June 10am – 4pm Hounslow Friends of Faith Walk of Peace and Friendship.

Keeping safe & secure | New Scotland Yard | 22 April

Security Briefing 22 April 9amCome to New Scotland Yard on Wednesday 22 April 9am – 10.30am for security briefings from Commander Mak Chishty & the Metropolitan Police and also from specialists Tell MAMA, the Community Security Trust & Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Religiously motivated hate crime has been on the rise for some time.  The threat level from international terrorism to the UK was raised to severe last August.  Attacks overseas and here in London have knock-on effects locally.

In spite of this, local people from many different traditions continue to build strong relationships across religion and belief boundaries and to stand in solidarity with each other in times of crisis.  The sustained work of local faith forums, multifaith networks and councils plays a very significant role.

Building on this, we’ll hear expert advice on keeping safe & secure from specialist organisations and listen to the particular challenges faced by different communities.

We will also discuss practical ways in which we can support each other quickly and effectively in the event of a threat (to buildings or to people), desecration, or abuse on social media.

We will be pulling together some key points to help us improve our own safety and that of our neighbours.

If you have questions you would like to ask, it would be a great help if you emailed LBFN’s convener in advance.

Local places of worship and religious & belief communities are all welcome.

Please download the invitation and pass on to your local churches, Islamic centres, synagogues, gurdwaras, temples and meeting houses.

ThiyaPlease register your name (by noon on 21 April) to be added to the guest list, arrive early at 8.45am and bring photo ID to clear security.

LBFN’s Tara Thiyagarajan (left) will meet everyone at the Reception Desk.  We would like to start promptly at 9am and look forward to seeing you there.

General Election activities

polling stationHustings are taking place across the capital as the General Election approaches.  Read LBFN’s Hustings Guide if you are considering this.

Thursday 16 April 4.30pm SOUTHWARK  Old Kent Road Mosque, St Philip’s Avondale Square and St Peter’s Church – at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH.  Visit website.

Monday 20, Tuesday 21 & Thursday 23 April LAMBETH Faiths Together in Lambeth at St Stephen’s Church, South Dulwich, Stockwell Green Community Centre and South London Liberal Synagogue. Download flyer.

Monday 27 April 8pm WANDSWORTH  Churches Together in Balham and Upper Tooting at New Testament Assembly, Beechcroft Rd, SW17 7BU.  Download flyer.

Thursday 30 April 7.30pm HILLINGDON  Hillingdon Inter Faith Network at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, HA6 3AA. Visit website.

Tuesday 5 May 6.30pm CAMDEN LBFN’s Frontline Film Club (18-30s) has a special evening of film, pizza, popcorn and intercultural discussion on the hot topics thrown up by the election campaign at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.

The Council of Christians and Jews have produced a CCJ Manifesto – a guide to issues relating to Christian-Jewish relations.  Download it here.

Theos has produced “Voting and Values in Britain: does religion count?”.  Download it here.

If you have any election activities planned, let LBFN know and they will be posted here.

Designing and improving public services | 20 April | CoProduction Conference

9959244_orig1This is a conference for those of us working with our local councils, NHS and other public agencies.

By bringing the experience and expertise of our local communities together with those of the statutory bodies, we can co-design and co-produce public services that make a big difference to people’s lives, that use public money more effectively and which tackle the inequalities we are all aware of.

If your faith forum, church, temple, Islamic centre, synagogue or gurdwara is working with (or interested in working with) your local borough council or NHS, please come along.

WCEN’s CoProduction Research Conference is on Monday 20 April at Springfield Hospital in south London (Tooting Bec tube) & is open to religious and community groups from across London.

One of the workshops is tailored especially for those of us who are interested in getting started on making a contribution to the physical health & emotional wellbeing of our communities.

Professor John Benington (University of Warwick) is a leading thinker in the future of how public services are evolving and will be speaking on “mobilising movement for whole system change in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity”.  The day will finish with a conversation between Prof Benington and Wandsworth Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Martin.

It’s an opportunity to share ideas from across systems and social networks: academics, policy makers, public servants, local religious & community organisations.

The conference is free of charge and includes lunch.  Download the invitation and the programme and email nadeene@wcen.org if you plan to attend.

Frontline films

Frontline Film ClubA few young-ish people (18-30) are meeting on Wednesday 15 April 6-7.30pm at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW.  They’re interested in screening film shorts or documentaries, picking up on themes that resonate.

– screenings of short documentaries or films

– discussion around themes, ideas for collaborative action

– for people working/interested in civil society, religious, human rights, intercultural groups

– intentionally a mixed group; the diversity brings a wide range of experience & knowledge

– if it brings value & depth, we’ll take it forward

– initial meeting to discuss how this could happen

– Collaboration House is a temporary, experimental space for intercultural groups to work together for a better world

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, please come along &/or let LBFN know if you’d like to come to the next event.  Thanks to Tara for the great image & for putting it up on Facebook!

Freedom of speech, freedom of religion & belief

enorb logoTwo upcoming ENORB events in May.

LBFN has been closely involved in the European Network on Religion & Belief since its inception.

Tuesday 12 May 1-2pm, a lunchtime event at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU, to say au revoir to Kishan Manocha who is leaving for Warsaw soon.  Kishan (currently Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’í Community in the UK) is taking up a post with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and will be talking about his new role and the changing European context for freedom of speech and freedom of religion & belief.  Europe House requires registration; to add your name to the guest list, please email LBFN.

Wednesday 27 May – Thursday 28 May.  ENORB’s AGM takes place in Brussels and the focus this year is Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and Belief and Solidarity: what limitations are acceptable in a plural Europe?

ENORB AGM 2015There will be a full programme, with speakers from ‘laiciste’, religious and non-religious perspectives.  The AGM will start at 13:15 on 27 May after a shared lunch, with speakers and group discussions in the afternoon, followed by an evening meal.  Workshops and discussion will continue on the morning of May 28, when we shall also be agreeing policy directions for the next two years, finishing at 13:00.

ENORB meetings in Brussels are conducted in English (& a little French, which is interpreted).  They draw a wide range of people from across Europe, as well as EU officials and MEPs.  There is no charge for attending, overnight accommodation is available for around €50 and Eurostar train tickets from London start at £69 return.  Download the invitation here and register online at www.enorb2015.eventbrite.co.uk.