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.
Phase 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, is revisiting every London borough with senior Metropolitan Police officers. Sixteen boroughs were visited early in 2014.
They will be talking about local policing, telling us how they’ve been putting the Police and Crime Plan into practice and answering our questions.
Following our recent meeting at New Scotland Yard with Commander Mak Chishty, the roadshow may provide another opportunity to contact our Borough Commanders to talk about their engagement plans with local faith forums.
The next 16 events are scheduled from September to December. Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis. They are asking people to register now and to let them know of any access needs.
- Kingston upon Thames Monday, 8 September 2014 – 6:00pm
- Wandsworth Wednesday, 10 September 2014 – 6:00pm
- Newham Tuesday, 16 September 2014 – 6:00pm
- Richmond upon Thames Thursday, 25 September 2014 – 6:00pm
- Ealing Thursday, 9 October 2014 – 6:00pm
- Brent Tuesday, 14 October 2014 – 6:00pm
- Greenwich Tuesday, 21 October 2014 – 6:00pm
- Croydon Tuesday, 4 November 2014 – 6:00pm
- Barking & Dagenham Monday, 10 November 2014 – 6:00pm
- Hounslow Thursday, 13 November 2014 – 6:00pm
- Waltham Forest Tuesday, 18 November 2014 – 6:00pm
- Redbridge Tuesday, 25 November 2014 – 6:00pm
- Enfield Monday, 1 December 2014 – 6:00pm
- Harrow Wednesday, 3 December 2014 – 6:00pm
- Bromley Thursday, 11 December 2014 – 6:00pm
- Lewisham Tuesday, 16 December 2014 – 6:00pm
A quick round-up of activities in London over the next couple of months, for activists and thinkers alike. Plenty to get our teeth into – enjoy!
Thursday 24 April 12.30-2pm South London Inter Faith Group informal lunch meeting at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU.
Tuesday 29 April, 6pm – 8pm Multifaith Hustings for the European Elections at the Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH, organised by Faiths Together in Lambeth. Further details here.
Tuesday 29 April 6.30pm at the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 2LQ. Building Communities In An Age Of Change, with GlobalNet21 & Community Development Network London. Speakers include Andy Sawford MP & Steve Wyler of Locality. Details here.
Wednesday 30 April 7.15 to 9pm Women’s Discussion Group (discussion, support and friendship) Hounslow Friends of Faith, Hounslow Community Centre, Montague Road, Hounslow TW3 1JY. Details here.
Wednesday 7 May 6.30pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4M 8AD. Climate Change: Building the Will for Action with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Download the flyer here & book a place here.
Saturday 10 May 7.00-8.15pm Conversations for the Soul (one to one interfaith conversations about beliefs and practice) at the South London Islamic Centre, 8 Mitcham Lane, SW16 6NN. Details from John Woodhouse on 020 8677 0588 or 0790 8888 586 or email email@example.com.
Sunday 11 May 2.30pm Lambeth Multi-faith Action Group. Faith in Education at Corpus Christi Church Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 5BJ. Speakers include Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Sarah Thorley and Fr Joseph Briffa SJ.
Monday 12 May 6 for 6.30pm at 77 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2EZ Atheists: the Origin of the Species with Nick Spencer of Theos (book launch and discussion).
Tuesday 13 May 9.45-11.45am London Peace Network planning group meets in central London, probably in the Euston Road area. The Peace Network was brought together by LBFN to promote the Olympic Truce and to support local peace-building. Visit the website to see what is planned and let LBFN know if you’d like to join us for the planning meeting – you would be most welcome. Check LPN on Facebook.
Tuesday 13 May12.00 to 13.30 Lunchtime Dialogue in Whitechapel with the Christian Muslim Forum. A regular session based on Conversations for the Soul (tandem dialogue between people of different faiths) on the second Tuesday of each month. More details from CMF here.
Wednesday 14 May 5.30pm to 7.00pm. RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. How has religion become an agent in peace-building in conflict areas of the world? Westminster Faith Debates.
Wednesday 14 May 18.30 Narrative Practitioners Forum – for those who use personal narrative and story in their work to share best practice and learn from each other. At the London Inter Faith Centre, 125 Salusbury Road, NW6 6RG. With St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, the Forgiveness Project, International School of Storytelling and Guerrard Hermes Foundation for Peace. £10. Book here.
Friday 16 May Deadline for call for abstracts (invited from scholars and relevant practitioners) for an academic workshop Sense of Belonging in a Diverse Britain. Wide range of papers welcomed. Workshop organised by the Dialogue Society and Coventry University on 20-21 November in Coventry.
Thursday 29 May 10.30-15.00 Religion and Belief in Higher Education conference at SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE. Papers include one on the social and academic experiences of Christian, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish students. £60. Details here.
Tuesday 10th June to Thursday 12th June: Understanding Islam, a three day course with Dr Chris Hewer and the Faithful Friends group in Ham, Richmond. More details from Diana Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 14th June 9.45am-6pm Westminster Interfaith’s 29th Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace – this year in Haringey. This is always a popular event – booking form & contacts here and more details in the latest newsletter here.
Monday 16 June Reflections of Jesus and Muhammad, or Distortions? Day conference with the Christian Muslim Forum and several leading speakers at Abrar House, Crawford Place, nr Edgware Road W1H 4LP. Details & registration here.
Tuesday 17 June – Wednesday 18 June European Network on Religion & Belief AGM in Brussels, Belgium. Grassroots practitioners from across Europe gathering together, with Matthew Goodwin (Nottingham University) speaking on the far right in Europe and the impact of the recent elections. This is a free event (reasonably priced accommodation available), with a visit to the European Parliament and Commission included. Further information & registration here. LBFN has been part of ENORB from its inception.
Thursday 26 June 18.30 to 21.00 Multiculturalism – Problem or Solution? How do we all fit together, what kind of society do we live in, is it working? Speakers include Dan Nilsson DeHanas, Akeela Ahmed, Ajmal Masroor, Revd Alan Green (Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum). £5. Details from the Christian Muslim Forum.
At LBFN’s last meeting at DCLG we agreed to form several ‘social labs‘. Our regular meetings are very successful at bringing a wide range of practitioners together from across the capital, but there are too many of us now to discuss our concerns in depth each time. Have a look at the Social Labs page and let the convener know which one(s) you’d like to be involved with – there are six to choose from.
A few borough networks are refreshing their ideas, getting involved in new activities and attracting new members. Contact LBFN if you’d like to meet up with similar faith forums/multifaith networks to share experiences. Our Waterloo office is a perfect meeting space, with its informal cafe and plenty of space.
Please pass news on to your communities and networks and let LBFN know if you have any events, publications, job opportunities or news you would like to share.
Keep in touch via email. And if you are on Facebook, please ‘like’ LBFN’s page https://www.facebook.com/LondonBoroughsFaithsNetwork and use it to link to your own activities. LBFN’s convener tweets @multifaith and is always happy to find LBFN friends on Twitter.
The NHS and public health agencies are struggling with tuberculosis.
London is now the TB capital of Europe, with hotspots in Brent, Newham, Hounslow and several other boroughs. There is a lack of understanding of how communities work, how the disease is transmitted, the early symptoms and how treatment can be most effective.
Some communities are particularly affected and Islamic centres with members from a broad range of backgrounds are in a good position to take the lead on raising awareness.
At an event on Monday 24 March at 11am* (World TB Day) at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, Dr Shuja Shafi of the Muslim Council of Britain (who is a medical doctor), Islamic centres in London and NHS clinicians will explore how local religious communities could take a lead. They will be able to pilot new ways of working with health professionals in preventing the rise of TB and of ensuring early detection and successful treatment.
If you are from one of the “red” boroughs on the map above, or from a pocket elsewhere which is affected by high TB rates, or have an interest in preventing illness or in hospital chaplaincy, please join us for this exploratory discussion. Register here to book your place, which is free of charge. No previous knowledge of TB is necessary. Contact LBFN for further information.
* Update – this event is postponed and now likely to take place in May.