Multifaith spaces | 6 Nov 3.30pm

Multifaith Spaces 6 NovDo you ever use a prayer room or a quiet space?  Are you responsible for running one?

Join us for our next gathering on Wednesday 6 November at 3.30pm!

A big thank you to St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace for welcoming us to The Tent at 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG.

Please pass this invitation and flyer to your networks and friends, especially chaplains and others who work in hospitals, FE colleges, universities, prisons, airports, offices and shopping centres.

We are delighted to welcome Revd Dr Terry Biddington from the University of Manchester who will be presenting his newly published paper, and we’ll be hearing brief responses from AbdoolKarim Vakil (King’s College, London) and from three regulars at LBFN gatherings: Siriol Davies (Diocese of Southwark), Rosalind Parker (researcher & practitioner in interfaith & the arts) and Steve Miller (Director of the Faith-based Regeneration Network).

How do these spaces open up new ways of thinking?  How do they affect the lives of local people – whether they are patients, students, staff, offenders, travellers, worshippers, shoppers or office workers?   Do multifaith spaces simply ‘house difference’ or do they bring people together (or alienate them)?  How do local churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and synagogues work in partnership with those responsible for multifaith spaces?  What do they say about how people from different traditions share London’s places and spaces?  How do they relate to the role of religion & belief in the public square?  What is the intention – and what actually happens in practice?  Does their presence have knock-on effects within our communities?

The Tent is a good place to have a wide-ranging conversation and it is mentioned in Terry’s paper.  If you have never visited St Ethelburga’s, this is a good opportunity.  Space is very comfortable but limited, so please let us know by November 5 if you’re planning to attend.

Simon Keyes, the Director of St Ethelburga’s, is hoping to join us for the discussion if his journey back to London on the 6th goes according to plan.


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