Women in Conflict: a writer’s perspective | Shami Chakrabarti | 21 September

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The Women’s Interfaith Network invites us to join them at Berwin Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London EC4R 9HA, on Wednesday 21st September 6.00pm – 9.00pm to hear Shami Chakrabarti in conversation with Elif Shafak, Bahiyyih Nakhjanvani and Saurav Dutt, followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.

Download the flyer here.  Admission: £15 WIN Members and Students / £20 Non-WIN members.  Tickets available from http://billetto.co.uk/en/events/women-in-conflict-from-a-writers-perspective.

Bahiyyih Nakhjanvani is an Iranian who was educated in the UK and USA and now lives in France. In 2007 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege. Her books have been translated into many languages. Her novel The Woman Who Read Too Much is set in the 19 Century and centres around a poet and scholar who shocked the political powers of Qajar Persia and violated religious convention by casting aside her veil.

Elif Shafak is a Turkish columnist, speaker and academic. She has published 14 books, nine of which are novels. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English, blendingWestern and Eastern storytelling traditions on stories of women, minorities, Immigrants and youth. Her writing draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions reflecting her interests in history, philosophy, Sufism and cultural politics. She was awarded the title Chevalier de lOrdre des Arts et Lettres in2010.

Saurav Dutt, a trainee lawyer of Bengali parentage, is the Guardian Books and LA T Times Books short listed British author of fiction and non-fiction works who has written for The Guardian and The Independent. He is a novelist, independent film producer, playwright, screenwriter and above all an accomplished author. His latest  novel The Butterfly Room challenges the stigmas attached to gender, sex, discrimination, homophobia and domestic violence.

Interfaith Climate Symposium | 21 September 5pm

final-climate-symposium-poster-1How should people of faith be praying, protecting, working and campaigning for this earth that is given to us in sacred trust?  ‘Faith for the climate’ invites us to come along and join the conversation.

St John’s Church, Waterloo Rd, London SE1 8TY
£5 entry, includes supper

Speakers include Bishop Nicholas Holtam (Church of England), Dr Husna Ahmad  (Global One), Sir David King (The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change), George Marshall (Climate Outreach Information Network)
Co Chairs Canon Giles Goddard, Rabbi Natan Levy and Maiya Rahman (Islamic Relief)

Sign up through this link: www.stjohnswaterloo.org/climatechange

Film premiere | #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship | 21 September

londonisopen-21-septLBFN’s peace & reconciliation strand includes convening the London Peace Network, which marks the UN International Day of Peace each year.

Join film-makers, artists, religious leaders and LBFN friends from across the capital on Wednesday 21 September at 8am-9am at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square for the premiere of a short film celebrating London’s places of worship – we are open and welcoming, not closed and fearful. Download the flyer.

The film is inspired by the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen series and will be shown at Southwark Cathedral later in the year in the presence of the Mayor.  Churches, Islamic centres, temples, synagogues, meeting houses and gurdwaras will be open to guests during their times of worship or meeting on 23, 24 and 25 September – contact LBFN for details.

To secure your place, please register on the Eventbrite page.

Lambeth Inter Faith Walk | 17 September

19-crossing-clapham-commonThe South London Inter Faith Group has a tradition of over 25 years of organising inter faith walks.  Faiths Together in Lambeth, which hosts monthly meetings of SLIFG, holds their 2016 walk today, starting at noon at Streatham Synagogue.  Download the map and details here.

Working on safety & security together | October 25

LBFN's Crime, Community Safety and Security social lab at New Scotland Yard.

Our next meeting will be hosted by Ecclesiastical Insurance at 24 Monument St, EC3R 8AJ, on Tuesday 25 October, taking forward our conversations on supporting each other locally on the safety and security of our people and buildings.

The meeting will start with a light lunch and continue through the afternoon.  Those who attended our meeting at New Scotland Yard on this topic are asked to save the date.

Advice to places of worship: be alert but not alarmed

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Following the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel in Normandy yesterday, Archdeacon Luke Miller has circulated a message from the Metropolitan Police to places of worship.

Church leaders and their congregations here in the UK should remain alert not alarmed.

There is no current intelligence to suggest any attack planning of this nature in this country. 

However I know these are troubling times and it makes sense for all church leaders to review their security plans and to encourage their flock to be vigilant.

Any suspicious behaviour should be reported immediately through 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.

LBFN’s plans for bespoke security training for churches, temples, synagogues, Islamic centres & gurdwaras with the MPS, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Tell Mama, CST & London Resilience are moving ahead.

Download the full message from the MPS’s Neil Basu here and the counter terrorism advice booklet for places of worship here.

The Home Office has launched a scheme to improve security at places of worship.  Bids should be submitted by 20 September.

Hate crime should be reported to the police directly &/or via True Vision, Tell Mama or CST.

Winter Meeting 9 December

Winter meetingYou are warmly invited to LBFN’s Winter Meeting on Wednesday, 9 December from 3:15pm to 5:15pm, at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PW, followed by seasonal refreshments and lights to mark Advent, Chanukah, Bodhi Day & Human Rights Day until 6.30pm.

As COP21 in Paris draws to a close, we welcome Green Doctors: home visits, saving fuel, keeping warm, training for our communities – with Rebekah Phillips, Groundwork.


Following on from our October event at New Scotland Yard, an update on Safety & Security and on our training plans.


We welcome brilliant young artist Toby Melville-Brown to hear about Faith in London: art for the city.


LBFN chaired “Women & Faith” at WOW – Women of the World Festival last year. Ideas for 11-13 March 2016?


There will be time to share news and reflections at the end of the year and an update from the European Network for Religion & Belief.

Visitors are very welcome at the meeting and/or the reception.  If you haven’t already been in touch, please register on Eventbrite or contact LBFN if you plan to join us.