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.
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.
How can our multifaith society respond to increasing religious and political extremism? A talk by Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi on Sunday 14 September 3-5pm at Corpus Christi Church Hall, Trent Road, Brixton, SW2 5BJ.
Mainly for Islington people (but ask Roz Miller if you are interested in attending from another borough), Islington Faiths Forum is holding a conference with Islington Council and Police – Making Islington Safer Together on Wednesday 17 September 10am – 3.30pm in the Council Chamber, Islington Town Hall. Download the flyer here.
Speakers include Acharya Modgala Duguid of Islington Faiths Forum, Angharad Thain of St Ethelburga’s, Jon Dal Din of Westminster Interfaith, Revd Daniel Otieno Ndale of Hillingdon Inter Faith Network and Phil Rosenberg of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and formerly of Faiths Forum for London. The National Meeting is
open to everyone** open to member organisations – download the programme here and the registration form here. The theme this year is “Tough to talk?”.
The Christian Muslim Forum is holding Lunchtime Dialogues at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4SA at 12-1.30pm on 2 October.
On 25 October 10am – 4pm, there is an Interfaith Community Event at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Centre in partnership with Oakthorpe Turkish School, Palmerston Road, Enfield, N22 8RA. Download the flyer here.
And don’t forget our own Peace-Building in the 21st Century on Monday 15 September at St Ethelburga’s and the next LBFN meeting on 23 September in Camden, looking at how our local work is supported and funded.
** Thanks to Bessie White for correction below – only open to members of IFN UK, so if your faith forum isn’t yet a member, consider applying this year!
If you live or work in Hackney, join the Christian Muslim Forum & LBFN friends on Monday 9 June 12.30pm – 3pm at Hackney CVS, Springfield House, 5 Tyssen St, E8 2LY, for Community Conversations. Download the flyer here. We’ll be
- opening up conversations, beginning with gentle relationship-building questions but moving on to key local issues
- listening to voices of marginalised communities (and sharing stories on websites and social media)
- supporting engagement between local Christians, Muslims & people from different traditions
- creating opportunities for local Christians, Muslims & others to meet (where these are not already taking place), especially in ongoing groups/pairings
- where appropriate, developing social confidence and conversational skills
Hackney CVS is providing a lovely place for us to meet and will be joining in our conversations, as will Sonia Khan, Head of Policy at Hackney Council. Julian Bond, Director of the Christian Muslim Forum, will be facilitating the afternoon.
It’s a good opportunity to link up across the borough in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Please pass on this invitation to anyone you know in Hackney who would be interested.
Light refreshments will be available at 12.30pm and the conversations will kick off after that, ending at 3pm. The event is free of charge, but please let LBFN or CMF know by Thursday 5 June if you’re hoping to join us.
Lots of new items on our London Peace Network site – young people creating their own Olympic Truce animation, War & Peace Festival, 12 inter faiths walks next weekend, volunteering during Ramadan to provide food to people who don’t have a home, and a funday in Hackney.
Full details at www.londonpeacenetwork.wordpress.com.
Good news! The Near Neighbours fund (grants of up to £5,000) will be officially launched next month, but is open for applications now.
Tim Clapton, Near Neighbours Co-ordinator in East London, writes
Near Neighbours aim is to :
1. Enable first encounters between people of different faith and ethnicity
2. Deepen those relationship to every day interactions.
3. Different faiths and ethnicities working together in social action / civic engagement.
Grants are available up to £5,000. Applications to me firstname.lastname@example.org – you’ll have a result within 14 days.
Eligible areas fall within these London boroughs: Islington, Greenwich, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.