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.
How should people of faith be praying, protecting, working and campaigning for this earth that is given to us in sacred trust? ‘Faith for the climate’ invites us to come along and join the conversation.
St John’s Church, Waterloo Rd, London SE1 8TY
£5 entry, includes supper
Speakers include Bishop Nicholas Holtam (Church of England), Dr Husna Ahmad (Global One), Sir David King (The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change), George Marshall (Climate Outreach Information Network)
Co Chairs Canon Giles Goddard, Rabbi Natan Levy and Maiya Rahman (Islamic Relief)
Sign up through this link: www.stjohnswaterloo.org/climatechange
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.
Hustings are taking place across the capital as the General Election approaches. Read LBFN’s Hustings Guide if you are considering this.
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.
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.
Groups of Muslims across the country will lead Sadaqa Day projects to benefit their local communities. Projects such as improving community space, planting flowers or trees, or arranging to visit people who are elderly, will be taking place.
“Sadaqa Day is a day of social action. A date in the calendar when individuals, mosques and other places of worship, schools, women’s and community groups, scouts and guides groups – everyone – can get involved.
The word Sadaqa is often spoken about as the charitable giving of money, but Sadaqa is so much more. It is every deed, every act of giving, it is each movement in our service to others. This is what the Prophet Muhammad meant when he taught, “Even a smile is charity”.
Across many faiths, in every school, and in all good homes, we are taught about doing our bit, making our own contribution, playing our part in giving to others and in making the world a slightly better place. Acting in genuine service for others. And that is what Sadaqa Day is all about.”
In Camden, volunteers from Hampstead Synagogue, Regent’s Park Mosque and the Royal Free Hospital are collecting food together from two local supermarkets to donate to the local foodbank. Find more examples on Sadaqa Day’s Facebook page.
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!