London’s faith communities are open and welcoming!
In step with the Mayor’s #LondonIsOpen message, a short film has been shot on location across the capital and includes Sikh, Quaker, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist & Baha’i places opening their doors.
Against a backdrop of international tensions and increased hate crime, London’s faith groups, from humble to grand, are not closed and fearful – we remain open and welcoming!
Inter Faith Week events across London are screening the new film as part of their activities – you are welcome to do the same by using this link. Can you identify the different places?
Thanks to everyone who responded to our email during the summer and welcomed in the cameras – we were overwhelmed with offers. A big thank you to Rosalind Parker and Jack Jeffreys for the filming. For any who would like to get involved in the next stage, our #LondonIsOpen initiative continues – join us at 3pm on Tuesday 6 December at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW, to plan for 2017. Let us know if you’d like to join us.
Imam Shoaib Vawda of Wimbledon Mosque with Andrew last November.
LBFN received the sad news today that our good friend Andrew Wakefield has died.
Combining sharp wit with a generous soul, he was known to so many of us from different religious traditions, public bodies and the business world.
A parish priest in the Church of England, he was a frequent visitor to the Shree Ghanapathy Temple, Wimbledon Mosque, Wimbledon & District Synagogue, Baitul Futuh Mosque and many others. Ahead of his time, Andrew was instrumental in founding London Civic Forum, Faiths Forum for London and Merton Interfaith Forum and was honoured with a Doctorate from Roehampton University last year. Not shy of controversy, he was outspoken on social, political, theological and church issues and was a well-known figure in Merton and across south London.
Andrew opening the doors of his church for our #LondonIsOpen film to be shown during Inter Faith Week.
Andrew and his parish church feature in our #LondonIsOpen film and he was certainly an open doors kind of person.
As well as his longstanding solidarity with people from different religious traditions, he was a good friend to many and a champion of children and young people.
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.
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 l’Ordre 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.
How 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)
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.
The 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.