Inter Faith Week 2014 in London

Inter Faith Week starts soon!  Find out what’s going on in your borough by zooming into the capital on the IFW map.  Check the list below to download flyers and invitations.

London is very busy with a huge range of exciting activities planned, including:

6 November    Youghusband Lecture, Westminster

8 November    Peace in Tulse Hill, Lambeth

11 November   Talk on Shabbat Croydon Faith Education Resources

12 November   Humanism in Europe: working together across religion & belief traditions, Westminster (book your place)

15 November   Concert in aid of Kingston Foodbank  Kingston Inter-Faith Forum

16 November  The Contributions of Faith Communities to the First World War Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe

16 November   30th Anniversary Celebration Harrow Inter Faith Council

17 November (closing date)  Westminster Faith Exchange Art Competition

17 November   Inter Faith Week Launch in Sutton  Sutton Faith & Belief

17 November   Encompass – work in action, with Barry Mizen MBE, Encompass – The Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust

18 November   Faith and Wellbeing Faiths Together in Lambeth

18 November   Religious Tensions in the Holy Land and their wider impact  Islington Faiths Forum

18 November   Sacred Treasures Camden Council and the British Museum

18 November   Faith involvement in peace making today  Hounslow Friends of Faith

19 November   Faith: Too Significant to Ignore FaithAction National Conference, Westminster,  £70

19 November   Praying for Peace Balham & Tooting Community Association

20 November   Is Interfaith Dialogue Worthwhile?  Barnet Multi Faith Forum with Alyth Gardens Synagogue

22 November  Southwark iWitness – Trail & Mayor’s Reception Southwark Council

22 November   Celebrating culture through dress and food – women’s event  Hounslow Friends of Faith

22 November  Town Centre Event  Barking & Dagenham Faith Forum

22 November   Inter Faith Quiz  Enfield Faith Forum

25 November   How can Humanists and Muslims live and work together in 21st Century London? London Humanists, Conway Hall, Camden

If you are planning activities and would like them listed here, please leave a comment and/or let LBFN know!

Faith and Sexual Health

LBFN just received this invitation from Vernal Scott to a lunch meeting on Black and Ethnic Communities of Faith: Barriers to Our Sexual Health.

SAFER FORUM EVENT3The lunch and discussion takes place today, 6 November, at noon at St Peter’s Church, Walworth Road, SE17, and it’s unlikely any/many of us will be able to attend, but he is keen to keep in touch and to invite us to the next event.  Vernal writes,

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and all in the London Boroughs Faiths Network who is able to attend this important event about improving our sexual health and the related role of faith leaders.

A free lunch is included at noon.  All are welcome. 

May I take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt apologies for the short notice.”

Contact Vernal on 8741 1879 if you hope to attend and let me know if you would like to hear more about the work of the NAZ project.

Humanism, atheism, secularism across Europe: 12 November

Europe House 12 Nov 2014To mark Inter Faith Week 2014, LBFN and ENORB UK have invited Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, to speak to us at Europe House, Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3EU on Wednesday 12 November 10am – 12pm.

Download the invitation here.

Andrew will be talking about the varieties of humanist, atheist and secular thought across Europe and how religious and secular groups can work together to promote fair treatment for people of all religions and beliefs.

There will be respondents from different traditions, followed by discussion.  Coffee and refreshments will be served from 9.45am.  Registration is necessary to clear security at Europe House, so please email LBFN’s convener by 10 November if you would like to attend.

Near Neighbours launches in Wandsworth and Brent

Wandsworth NN launch 10 NovPhase Two of the Near Neighbours Programme (grants of £250 to £5,000 for local groups to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities) is launching in Wandsworth at 2-4pm on Monday 10 November at the Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU and in Brent at 2-4pm on Tuesday 18 November at Brent Civic Centre, Wembley, HA9 0FJ.

Becky Brookman, the Near Neighbours Co-ordinator for West London and parts of South London, is inviting all local religious and community organisations to attend the launches.

Let her know if you are hoping to attend by ringing  07837 936 957 or emailing

Near Neighbours – additional boroughs

Near Neighbours areas

Areas of London eligible for funding under the expanded Near Neighbours programme.  Contact coordinators Becky or Tim (see Borough by Borough page) for details.

The Near Neighbours programme has expanded into more boroughs.  It offers small grants (£250 – £5,000) to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across different religious traditions & ethnicities in order to improve our communities.

Check whether areas of your borough are included and contact Becky (West and South London) or Tim (East and South East London) if you’d like more information or would like to talk over an idea.

Launch events for the new boroughs are planned and we hope Becky & Tim will join us at LBFN before long to tell us more.

Faith action audits


LBFN’s convener on how local religious & community organisations can work with public agencies to co-produce and improve services.  (2′ 53” into video)

LBFN was invited to the launch of the Cinnamon Network’s Faith Action Audits – a way of quantifying and demonstrating the value of faith-based social action to local authorities, borough police and other public agencies.  The audits will be led by local churches but will also include initiatives by temples, Islamic centres, synagogues and gurdwaras.

The audits have been designed to provide evidence for the impact of social action undertaken by local faith groups.  It’s hoped that presenting the evidence will enable closer working with the local public sector.

If you’re interested, read the press release, contact Anthony McKernan and find out if an audit is planned in your part of London.

Upcoming events in & around Kingston

Rashid Laher and Dianne MahboubiInter-faith Forums / Faithfull Friends events, kindly circulated by Rashid Ali Laher (above left – Kingston IF Forum, Richmond IF Forum and South London Inter Faith Group).  Download full details here.

Saturday 11 October 2pm  Britain has a proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution, and civil society has been at the forefront in welcoming and supporting refugees. Meet at All Saints Church Kingston. Walk with Sukkah, a ceremonial tent to mark the Jewish festival of Sukkot ~ highlighting the need to resettle refugees in communities not camps ~ details

Monday 13 October ~ 1000-1600hrs ~ MILAAP Multi-Cultural Centre, Kingston.  Dr Chris Hewer ( Study Day: “What is it to be a Woman? Focus on Islam”. Contact Diana Mills 020 8948 3276

Saturday 18 October ~ 1830 hrs Annual Gala Evening, Claremont Fan Court School, ESHER – an evening of “Foods & Performances” from diverse cultures. Contact 01932 868454.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 October ~ Hunger for Justice Weekend acting and praying for our climate. Invite your MP along and challenge them to act on climate change ~ Register your Church via website:

Tuesday 4 November ~ “Faith Schools Should Not Be A Part of State Education” at 2000hrs ~ South Farnham School, Menin Way FARNHAM GU9 8DY ~ College Principal, 2 School Heads & CE British Humanist Society 01252 726684

Saturday 15 November ~ 1900 Hrs ~ “Concert in Aid of the Kingston Food Bank” at Saint Thomas Aquinas RC Church, Ham Street RICHMOND TW10 7HT ~ Tickets £5 per head ~ RashidAli Laher 020 8541 1330

LAST THURSDAY most months (30 OCT, 27 NOV & 18 DEC) ~ Open Lunch Time Meetings South London Inter Faith Group at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU.  Vegetarian Lunch 12.30pm followed at 1pm to 2pm ~ an opportunity to share Inter Faith news and experiences, and to discuss matters of concern to SLIFG.  Contact Reverend Alan Gadd ~

Reflections from Sunday 14 September ~ Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames “Heritage Open Day” Inter Faith Walk ~ memorable day, worth remembering things to do and advance the need to sustain local volunteers, supporting the growing needs of the vulnerable living amongst us:
• Street Pastors in Kingston ~
• Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness ~
• Kingston Kaleidoscope Project ~
• Kingston Foodbank ~ Trussell Trust ~
• Kingston WelCare ~ Making Families Stronger ~
• Oxygen Kingston ~ Young Persons resources for Youth work ~
• Joel Community Trust ~ New Centre for Homeless ~
• Kingston Quakers:- Kingston’s first EcoFriendly Meeting Place