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.
Thursday 21 May 3.30pm – 9pm Bridging Extreme Differences: Building Dialogue with Extremists at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, WC1A 2LP hosted by BIMA – Belief in Mediation and Arbitration. Download flyer.
Thursday 21 May 6:30pm – 8:30pm Death, Dying and Religion – Spirituality at the End of Life at Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0RN, on the role of spiritual care at the end of life, followed by Q&A. Rafi Fuchs, Spiritual Co-ordinator at Jewish care home Nightingale House, Eva Bellim, Trinity Hospice, Imam Suliman Gani, Tooting Mosque and Dennis Pearce, Bermondsey Buddhist Centre on their perspectives of death and dying, followed by a discussion on how we can work together to improve the relationship between religious communities and hospices. For healthcare professionals, community leaders and members of the public.
Tuesday 26 May – Saturday 6 June 7pm Like Mother Like Daughter at Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with Complicite, Women’s Interfaith Network and 3FF. If you could ask your mother one question about her life, what would it be? What is the most important thing a mother can pass on to her daughter? Performed by mothers and daughters from different religions, Like Mother, Like Daughter is a celebration of the traditions we inherit and what we pass on. LBFN is offered half price tickets (£7.50) – use the promotion code “FRIEND” when booking.
Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 May European Network on Religion and Belief AGM in Brussels, Belgium. LBFN has been involved in setting up ENORB from the start. The AGM is free of charge and open to all. The focus this year is “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and Belief and Solidarity: what limitations are acceptable in a plural Europe?”
Thursday 28 May 1pm – 8pm Bridge the – GAP Musicians, artists and poets from all backgrounds are invited to to contribute. “This project aims to bring together residents of Camden, from all backgrounds to participate in an event to celebrate and enhance community harmony regardless of your background or beliefs. This will be achieved by designating a day to recognise and repair relationships which may have broken down, or by reaching out to someone not in our normal circle. It is a day in which we attempt to bridge the many gaps that have occurred in our relationships and community.” At Camden Lock – find details here.
Sunday 31 May 1pm – 3.45pm Lewisham Inter Faith Walk for Peace with Lewisham Police and Lewisham Council, including Catford Synagogue, Lewisham Civic Centre, Lewisham Islamic Centre (where lunch will be served), Lewisham Methodist Church, Lewisham Sivan Temple and Lewisham Police Station. Download flyer.
Monday 1 June 9am – 7pm Moving Beyond “Us” and “Them”: Challenging Discourses of Religious Otherness and Building a More Inclusive Society at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park – a forum to challenge the ‘us’ and ‘them’ divide – which is not a simple binary, but a complex relationship in which religion intersects with many other social divisions. Participants will discuss possibilities for reducing social divisions within and across groups as well as opportunities to build a more inclusive society in which the voices of Muslim and other minority religious groups are not simply heard, but also understood on equal terms to the majority religious and secular groups. LBFN’s Convener is one of the speakers along with Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Islamic College of Advanced Studies, Justine Huxley of St Ethelburga’s Centre, Fiyaz Mogul, Faith Matters, and Revd Dr James Walters, LSE Chaplain.
Monday 1 June 7pm – 9pm Planting Seeds for Hope at St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. Join in solidarity with people across the planet as we fast and pray for the climate, leading up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris, December 2015. An evening of silence, prayer and collective action. Download flyer. LBFN is supporting multifaith & intercultural involvement in the lead up to the Conference. Walking and cycling pilgrimages to Paris are being planned.
Wednesday 3 June 6.30pm Examining the Extreme: Radicalisation among Muslim Youth – Mediums and Tools with Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Demos, Naveed Sheikh, Keele University, Anthony Richards, University of East London at the Dialogue Society, 402 Holloway Road, N7 6PZ.
Saturday 6 June 10am – 4.30pm Westminster Interfaith 30th Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace with Hounslow Friends of Faith, starting at Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 60 Neville Close Hounslow TW3 4JG.
Monday 8 June 10.30am-3.30pm Day seminar on Migration with London Churches Social Action at The Abbey Centre at St Margaret’s Church, North Street, Barking, IG11 8AS. Lunch provided. “It promises to be an excellent day with fantastic contributions and plenty of opportunity for discussion. A timely opportunity for London Churches to develop some key “Common Voice” messages on this topic.”
Monday 8 June 6.30pm LBFN’s Frontline Film Club led by 18-30s at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW. Intercultural discussion group provoked by documentaries and film. Come along & have your say. Booking essential.
Tuesday 9 June 10am – 1.15pm Feeling secure, keeping safe and countering hate – We Stand Together. Following on from LBFN’s meeting at New Scotland Yard last month, Hounslow Friends of Faith have organised a morning with the Metropolitan Police, Tell Mama and London Resilience at Hounslow Jamia Masjid, Wellington Road South, Hounslow TW4 5HU. Download details.
Tuesday 9 June 6pm-8pm Westminster Faith Exchange: Child Safeguarding at Lord Mayor’s Reception Rooms, 18th Floor, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP. Panel event looking at the work being done by local authorities, faith groups and charities to help improve the safeguarding of children. Download flyer.
Wednesday 10 June 10am – 4.30pm Fundamentals of Project Management Community and voluntary organisations are working hard to improve the lives of their members, users and the neighbourhoods they live in. There is never enough time or resources to do everything we would like to. Brush up on how to use your time wisely.
- The project life-cycle
- Attributes of an effective project manager
- Building a diverse team
- The project constraint triangle
- Risk assessment
- Finance and budgets
- Communication and engagement
- Tools and techniques including network analysis, Gantt charts
- Project evaluation – soft and hard measures
An intensive day of training (reduced cost £50 for community groups) led by Steve Miller of Faith-based Regeneration Network. This series is a joint project of FbRN, LBFN and Faiths Forum for London. It will take place at our new offices at Collaboration House (Goodge St tube).
Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 June Mental Health First Aid Training with Faiths Together in Lambeth, TOPAZ and South London & Maudsley NHS Trust. Two day Mental Health First Aid course, free for members of FTiL, others welcome to inquire. Download flyer.
Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 June **details tbc** – contact Bethan for latest plans. 10.30am at Imperial War Museum Peace Garden & 12.30pm at Battesea Park Peace Pagoda Road to Peace Pilgrimage Walk sets off from London to Glastonbury in tribute to the Dalai Lama’s 80th year and his advocacy for Global Peace and Interfaith Harmony. “Like troubadours and pilgrims of old, we will offer screenings of Road to Peace and musical performances to local community and faith groups in towns and villages, in exchange for traditional hospitality by way of food and lodging,” Download flyer
Wednesday 17 June 4-5pm Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group Guest speaker is Joan Salter “Being saved from the Holocaust”. Download flyer.
Wednesday 24 June 10am – 4.30pm Community Reconciliation: Collaborative Inquiry at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace. Full-day conference. Speakers from Search for Common Ground, Community Resolve, Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland and Bradford University. The day will include a) Reviewing the scale and nature of the need for community reconciliation work around the UK, b) Looking at what theoretical ideas can helpfully inform practice, c) Examining approaches that have proved most useful & d) Taking stock of what resources are available to support local action. £20 including lunch. Download flyer.
Hustings and other election events (some of them this week) are listed here.
Monday 20 April 10am-4pm Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network CoProduction Research Conference, Springfield Hospital, Tooting, SW17 7DJ
Monday 20 April 5.30pm – 7.30pm Peace Café at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW. Topic this month is “the media, peace and social justice“. Bring a little food to share.
Wednesday 20 April – last day to register to vote in the General Election. Download Westminster Faith Exchange’s briefing here.
Wednesday 22 April 9am – 10.30am Security Briefing at New Scotland Yard for places of worship and religious & belief communities.
Wednesday 22 April 6pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop at the Khalsa Centre, 95 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TW.
Friday 24 April 8.30pm Immigrant Diaries “Statistics don’t tell the story of immigrants; people do.” Guest comedians and entertainers share their stories of immigration at the Southbank Centre, SE1. £10.
Saturday 25 April 10am – 2pm Southwark Multifaith Health & Environment event at Southwark Carers, Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN, to learn more about plant based living.
Sunday 26 April 4pm Woven Threads & Torn Fabric: the story of Yosef & Zuleikha. A Jewish-Muslim telling of the Joseph story at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG. £10. www.woventhreads.eventbrite.co.uk
Wednesday 29 April 2:30pm Faithful Friends (Richmond upon Thames) ‘What is Humanism and the Changing Religion and Belief Landscape in Britain‘ Talk by Jeremy Rodell in Room 2008, second floor, John Galsworthy Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Rd Campus.
Friday 1 May 3pm – 4.30pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop in Hammersmith & Fulham at St Andrew’s Church, Greyhound Road, London W14 9SA. Download flyer here .
Tuesday 5 May 6.30pm Pre-election Frontline Film Club (18-30s), focusing on hot topics from the election campaign at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.
Friday 8 May 10am Beyond Collaboration: co-creating the new at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. £48.
Sunday 10 May 9.30am – 4.30pm Repairing the Earth: A Jewish Muslim Response. An-Nisa Society in partnership with the Leo Baeck College invites Muslims and Jews to a text-based workshop. £30. Details and registration here.
Sunday 10 May 8pm Council of Christians and Jews presents Nostra Aetate: More Sentiment Than Substance? at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET.
Wednesday 20 May 4pm Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group at the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1. Sally Reith of Shared Interest on investing in a fairer world.
Thursday 28 May Camden’s Bridge The Gap, a new designated day to bring people together.
Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 June New drama by Ambreen Razia Diary of a Hounslow Girl at Oval House Theatre, Kennington, Lambeth.
Saturday 6 June 10am – 4pm Hounslow Friends of Faith Walk of Peace and Friendship.
Not in London, but a chance to get together with local practitioners from across the country: a day conference on Thursday 26 March at St Mary’s Conference Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ, organised by the Inter Faith Network for the UK.
- getting the message across (communications)
- funding and resourcing local work
- developing and maintaining programmes that work well for your area
Find tips and useful ideas to ensure the smooth running of your event: legal guidelines, inviting candidates, encouraging questions from local people and communities, choosing a venue, appointing a chair, timing, format and how to organise questions and ensure candidates have time to respond.
Local hustings provide an invaluable space for local people from different traditions and backgrounds to come together, to raise issues that matter and to engage with the democratic process.
Faiths Together in Lambeth is holding local hustings for the borough’s three constituencies in an Islamic centre, a church and a synagogue on 21, 22 & 23 April – download the flyer here. Hounslow Methodist Church held a Faith in Politics event last year and invited members of Hounslow Friends of Faith.
The date of the General Election is Thursday 7 May. No-one can vote unless their name is on the Electoral Register. The deadline for registering to vote is Monday 20 April and this can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
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Related to this topic, the World Congress of Faiths is holding an event To Vote or Not to Vote? with West Central Liberal Synagogue, 21 Maple Street, W1T 4BE on Thursday 19 March 6.30-8.30pm, looking at what three major world faiths – the Baha’í faith, Buddhism and Islam – teach about Civic Responsibility. Download further information here.
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!