#LondonIsOpen film for Inter Faith Week

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?

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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.

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General Election activities

polling stationHustings are taking place across the capital as the General Election approaches.  Read LBFN’s Hustings Guide if you are considering this.

Thursday 16 April 4.30pm SOUTHWARK  Old Kent Road Mosque, St Philip’s Avondale Square and St Peter’s Church – at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH.  Visit website.

Monday 20, Tuesday 21 & Thursday 23 April LAMBETH Faiths Together in Lambeth at St Stephen’s Church, South Dulwich, Stockwell Green Community Centre and South London Liberal Synagogue. Download flyer.

Monday 27 April 8pm WANDSWORTH  Churches Together in Balham and Upper Tooting at New Testament Assembly, Beechcroft Rd, SW17 7BU.  Download flyer.

Thursday 30 April 7.30pm HILLINGDON  Hillingdon Inter Faith Network at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, HA6 3AA. Visit website.

Tuesday 5 May 6.30pm CAMDEN LBFN’s Frontline Film Club (18-30s) has a special evening of film, pizza, popcorn and intercultural discussion on the hot topics thrown up by the election campaign at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.

The Council of Christians and Jews have produced a CCJ Manifesto – a guide to issues relating to Christian-Jewish relations.  Download it here.

Theos has produced “Voting and Values in Britain: does religion count?”.  Download it here.

If you have any election activities planned, let LBFN know and they will be posted here.

Near Neighbours – additional boroughs

Near Neighbours areas

Areas of London eligible for funding under the expanded Near Neighbours programme.  Contact coordinators Becky or Tim (see Borough by Borough page) for details.

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.

Check whether areas of your borough are included and contact Becky (West and South London) or Tim (East and South East London) if you’d like more information or would like to talk over an idea.

Launch events for the new boroughs are planned and we hope Becky & Tim will join us at LBFN before long to tell us more.

Upcoming events

Extremism eventHow 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.

Not in London, but featuring several friends of LBFN, the Inter Faith Network for the UK‘s National Meeting in Birmingham on Monday 29 September 10.15am – 3pm.

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?”.

Christian_Muslim_Forum_LogoThe 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!

Hillingdon Inter Faith Network

Hillingdon Inter Faith Network‘s AGM this year will welcome Fiyaz Mughal, Founder and Director of Faith Matters.

The meeting is on 12th July at 7:30pm at the Council Chamber, Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW and all are welcome.