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.
I’ll bring a copy of James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti’s new book London: the information capital to our next LBFN meeting on 20 January.
It’s packed with maps & infographics. Football tribes, river traffic, languages, police helicopters, relationship status, housing costs – and (see above) how fulfilled people are in the different boroughs (Waltham Forest, Kensington & Chelsea, Bromley and Barnet score well …)
Check out the new additions to our maps page, too:
- Religion & belief in London (from Census 2011)
- A new Google map with contacts for faith forums in each borough
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!
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.
Launch events for the new boroughs are planned and we hope Becky & Tim will join us at LBFN before long to tell us more.
Faiths Forum for London is organising a series of hustings, ahead of the EU elections on 22 May, supported by Europe House. The first is this weekend, on Sunday 30 March 5-7pm at The Sternberg Centre, 80 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 2SY.
Marina Yannakoudakis MEP, Conservative Party
Jean Lambert MEP, Green Party (Invited)
Ivana Bartoletti, Labour Party MEP candidate
Jonathan Fryer, Liberal Democrats MEP candidate
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP (Invited)
There will be two further hustings in the series, one at an Islamic centre and the other at a Hindu temple. To register for Sunday’s event, visit the Europe House website.
The theme is Journeys. We’re encouraged to organise our own events or take part in other people’s activities. The HMD organiser packs are always excellent – order one here.
“For Holocaust Memorial Day 2014, we will learn of the multitude of Journeys that people were forced to undertake, in fear of what would be found at the end.
We will do so at events that bring us together with our neighbours, that strengthen bonds of respect, and that enable us to pledge to take a step towards creating a safer, better future.”
We can also get involved online, marking our support for a day which encourages us to remember the stories from the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, to be alert to racism, prejudice and discrimination and to “support the view that all citizens – without distinction – should participate freely and fully in the economic, social and public life of the nation.”
There are plenty of resources and ideas for different kinds of events and activities, including ideas and information especially for religious and multifaith groups. There are podcasts from Revd Toby Howarth (the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Inter Religious Affairs adviser), Hasan Hasanović (a Bosnian Muslim remembering Srebrenica) and on the role of Righteous Muslims during WWII.
Please add any plans you or your borough or faith forum have for Holocaust Memorial Day in a comment below so that the invitations can be shared widely.