#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.

London RE Hub Conference 2015

RE hubConference for RE teachers across London on Saturday 28th March 9.30am – 4pm at the Ismaili Centre, 1-7 Cromwell Gardens, SW7 2SL. 

Topics include Buddhism, Christianity (Anglican), Christianity (RC), Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Non-Religious World Views, Religious Literacy, Sikhism, Special RE & Short Films in RE.  Find the full programme here and registration (£32.45) here.

BBC calendar, new London maps & infographics

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The Hindu festival of Holi – 6 March

The BBC’s handy religious calendar is back!  Find it here as part of the new Religion & Ethics section.

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.

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How are we doing?  Life satisfaction, purpose, happiness & anxiety in each borough in London: the information capital by James Cheshire & Oliver Uberti.  Click to enlarge.

london mapsIt’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 …)

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Hinduism in London (Census 2011)

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

 

What’s On: prayers for peace| funday | lunch | lectures | religious history

Seven invitations – two of them are for tomorrow.

Ismail SerageldinWednesday 29th May at 5.30pm: Lecture by Dr Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, Memory, Culture and Hope: Reinventing Relations between the West and the Muslims, followed by a reception. The Drama Studio, Institute of Education (Main Building), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. Download invitation here.  Please register at administration@egyptculture.org.uk.

Wednesday 29th May at 6.30pm: Kensington and Chelsea Forum of Faiths: Inter Faith Prayers following the murder in Woolwich at Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road W10 5YG.  Contact Revd James Mather.

Thursday 30th May at 12.30pm: South London Inter Faith Group Lunch at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, Roupell Park Estate, Brixton Hill, SW2 3LU. As usual, a vegetarian lunch will be served at 12.30pm. Contact SLIFG at membership@southlondoninterfaith.org.uk.

Muslims-Multiculturalism-SOAS-2013Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June: SOAS, University of London, Conference, Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust: New Directions.  To consider the potential offered by lived experience and creative visions of intercultural exchange to offer new ways of envisaging multicultural experience.  Speakers include Rehana Ahmed, Valerie Amiraux, Claire Chambers, Sohail Daulatzai, Rumy Hasan, Salah Hassan, Tony Laden, Alana Lentin, Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood, Anshuman Mondal, Peter Morey, Stephen Morton, Jorgen Nielsen, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Amina Yaqin.

Friday 7th June at 6.30pm:  The 2013 WPCT Lecture will be given by the German Ambassador, H.E. Georg Boomgarden, Valuing Europe beyond economics: what binds us together? at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU.  Contact Win Burton.

BATCASaturday 8th June 12-5pmBATCA Funday in Broadwater Road, Tooting, London SW17.  Anglican church and Muslim school combine to provide fantastic afternoon of fun “Celebrating Life Together”. Attractions appeal to all including inflatables, fairground rides, clowns, sideshows, animals to pet from Kingston City Farm, arts and crafts workshops, sports, stalls run by craftspeople and stalls run by local voluntary and community organisations. Multicultural food will be on sale throughout the day. The road space will be closed to traffic and filled with attractions and stalls.  Contact Kate Allan.

Friday 14th June 12-4pm: Exploring Religious History in Wandsworth, with the Open University.  Balham Baptist Church, 21 Ramsden Road, London SW12 8QX.  Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and the OU’s Building on History team invite you to explore the religious history of the area and to discuss a prospective local religious history project. Contact Nadeene Morris.

Guest post: How much change can you get from £1?

A warm welcome to Charlotte Dando, who’s been working with local religious leaders in London – see if you recognise any faces in the film!  Over to Charlotte ..

How much change can you get from £1?

That’s the question we’ve been asking faith communities throughout London. Congregations, interfaith groups and individuals of faith are being challenged to sign-up for the Live Below the Line campaign and manage on just £1 of food and drink per day for 5 days to raise funds and awareness of the 1.4 billion people around the world who live below the poverty line every day.

As a Faiths Act Fellow on a yearlong multifaith social action programme at the Battersea based charity Malaria No More UK, together with my partner Fellow Usman Nawaz, we recently cooked up a low budget lunch and served it to guests from seven different faith traditions.

The lunch was held at the National Bahá’í Centre in Knightsbridge and guests included Rev. Rosemarie Mallett of St. John’s Angell Town in Brixton, Chazzan Jermey Burko from New North London Synagogue and Sheena Napier, of the London Buddhist Vihara.

Watch the interfaith discussion on faith, food, poverty and malaria and learn more about this multifaith campaign.

Contact charlotte.dando@malarianomore.org.uk for more information.

Today’s meeting

Here are a few quick photos of yesterday’s meeting at the National Bahá’í Centre in Knightsbridge.  Big thanks to Katie (of Anthony Nolan) for taking the pictures :)

Harmander, Alan, Steve, Haider, Karen, Catriona & David

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Networking lunch in the kitchen

Karen, Katie, Haider and Malik

Siriol, Chris, John, Barbara & Malik

Harmander & Muhammad

People from five different religious traditions and several public agencies had far-reaching discussions on health and the co-production of public services led by Malik Gul, Director of Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network.

We’ll be exploring the possibility of an Olympic Truce over the weeks of the Games next year – maybe a knife amnesty, a call for a halt to domestic violence, anti-bullying in schools and the workplace, initiatives to reduce hate crime, anti-social behaviour and postcode violence.  Along with plenty of opportunities to learn how to resolve conflict in a positive and creative way.

The emerging religion and belief network across Europe will be gathering, we hope, in Brussels at the end of the year.  Many of us have religious and other links across the continent – if any of your contacts are interested in joining the network, please get in touch asap – things are now moving quite quickly.

A small working group is looking at the future potential of LBFN.

Thank you to the National Bahá’í Centre and to John Lester and Barbara Stanley-Hunt of Havering Inter Faith Forum for arranging for us to meet in such a lovely place – the welcome and hospitality were wonderful.

May 24th – Health & Wellbeing

Andrew Lansley (photo: Dept of Health, Creative Commons)

It’s all change with the NHS at the moment.

At local level, the Primary Care Trusts are on their way out (some have already gone) and GP consortia are being set up, ready to take full responsibility for local health care by April 2013.  The Andrew Lansley ‘pause’ is likely to bring more accountability – and will probably require an amendment to the legislation (expected by December).

Responsibility for public health is no longer with the NHS.  Each London council now has a Heath & Wellbeing Board, an acknowledgement that good health/mental health depends not just on GPs and hospitals but on education, housing, community safety, employment, green spaces, etc.

“Patients must be at the heart of everything we do, not just as beneficiaries of care, but as participants, in shared decision-making.  As patients, there should be no decision about us, without us.”    Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

Our next LBFN meeting will focus on the health of our communities, and in particular how inequalities in health can be tackled in a sustained way.

  • How can churches, mosques, temples & other local faith communities take up these new opportunities?
  • How can we involve ourselves in positive conversations with local councils and GP consortia?
  • How can we bring about real improvements in the health and wellbeing of our congregations and the wider community?

Malik Gul, Director of Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network, will lead an interactive session, sharing the ups and downs of working closely with public agencies at local level and how religious groups are co-designing the kind of health services they need.

We are meeting in Knightsbridge, SW7 on

TUESDAY 24th MAY 10.30am – 12.30pm, ending with refreshments at 1pm

As ever, please let the Convener know (by May 20th if possible) if you are planning to come.  Details will be sent to you.

Looking forward to seeing you there!