17 May | Greenwich | Southwark | Lewisham | Tower Hamlets

For all who were involved in London 2012 (and everyone who wished they had),  Hamid Vaghefian has been in touch about an exciting sporty event and festival in four of our boroughs.  He writes:

“Imagine a major mass participation event that celebrates London’s multi-cultural diversity, brings local communities together to inspire social change, and welcomes all ages and abilities.

The Big Half will be truly global, uniquely local – but for this, we need you!

Sported is thrilled to be teaming up with London Marathon Events to give you, your group and your local community an amazing opportunity to be a big part of the festivities.

Together, we would like to extend a warm invitation to attend a special Big Half community launch event at 10:00am Wednesday 17th May 2017 at Rainmaking Loft, 1 International House, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UN where you will get the chance to:

  • Find out all about The Big Half, The Big Relay, The Little Half and The Big Festival.
  • Get involved and become one of the first community groups to sign up. Get the chance to say “We were there at the start!
  • Learn how you can use The Big Half to promote and fundraise for your group.
  • Have your say and help us deliver a uniquely local event.
  • Network with other community groups in your local Borough.

London Marathon Events is delighted to announce the launch of The Big Half – an exciting new event and festival that will feel and be like no other!  Coming to the streets of Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham in March 2018.”

Come along to the launch event on Wednesday 17 May 10am-12 noon at Rainmaking Loft London, 1 Saint Katharine’s Way, E1W 1UN.  Register your place here.

Spring: upcoming events in London

Spring has sprung!  And so have the opportunities for local public sector organisations and Londoners of all faiths and none to get together and make a positive impact on our local communities.

Tuesday 25 Apri Making My Wishes Known. With Lambeth Council’s Adult Safeguarding team and Faiths Together in Lambeth, a chance to think about what you would want to happen in a care or treatment crisis. Book your place here.

Thursday 27 April  12.30 – 2pm: South London Interfaith Group Lunch at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, Roupell Park Estate, Brixton Hill, SW2 3LU. Alan Gadd writes, “A vegetarian lunch will be served at 12.30pm and then between 1pm and 2pm we will have an opportunity to share inter faith news and concerns. This month, Ken Woolhouse will facilitate a discussion on ‘Forgiveness’ with contributions from several faith perspectives.”

Wednesday 3 May 5.30pm – 7pm  Warm-up for the Great Get Together,(17-18 June) marking the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP at the Abbey Centre (Parker Morris Hall), 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU. Ask questions & share ideas to help plan your own event or get your community involved, sign up and receive your information pack and make your event faith friendly: involve those who are fasting for Ramadan, observing Shabbat on the Saturday & ideas for faith groups. Book your place here www.greatgettogetherinfosession.eventbrite.com or contact Near Neighbours co-ordinator Becky Brookman.

Sunday 6 May  Belief and Beyond Belief Festival at Southbank Centre, SE1. For Good or For Ill: How Has Religion Shaped Society?  Talks and panels throughout the day, including: How Can Faiths Work Together (with LBFN friend Jasvir Singh), Does God Love Me (Religion & Equality), Religion Behind Bars, Muslim Women Breaking New Ground, Faith and Fashion, How Has Christianity Shaped Society, Terroism and Society, Religion and Education and Women Faith Leaders.

Sunday 7 May 4.00 – 5.30pm  Lambeth Multifaith Action Group at Hyderi Islamic Centre, 26 Estreham Road, Streatham, London, SW16 5PQ. LAMAG is hosting an open discussion on “Faith in the Community” and the importance of how faith communities help to shape the community around them.

Thursday 11 May  7:30pm  A Faithful Friends visit to John Bunyan Baptist Church, Queen Elizabeth Road/Hardman Road, Kingston, KT2 6RJ for a talk by the minister, Rev Ken Walker, on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was hanged in April 1945 for his part in the resistance to the Nazis

Sunday 14 May  12-5pm Barnet Multi Faith Forum’s Barnet Unity Festival of Faith and Culture at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre, Watling Avenue, HA8 0NP.

  • music, dance and drama stage performances
  • sports zones
  • cooking demos
  • arts and crafts
  • children’s entertainments
  • food stalls & refreshments
  • exhibitions

Free entrance but it would help Barnet Multi Faith Forum if you register your place here.

Monday 15 May  Deadline for Westminster Faith Exchange‘s Annual Children’s Art Competition.  The theme for 2017 is ‘Being Alone.’ The competition is open until Monday 15 May, entry is free, and there are lots of prizes to be won. Find details and application forms here.

Wednesday 17 May 4-5pm  Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group, Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1P 1Q.  Speaker is Rose Hickman, Community Partnerships Coordinator at The Passage.

Saturday 20 May   Westminster Interfaith’s ever popular 32nd Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace, starting from Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Arnos Grove at 9.15am and ending at the North London Sikh Gurdwara, New Southgate at about 6.30pm.  This pilgrimage attracts hundreds of people.  Book your place and find the information you need here.

Sunday 21 May 1pm – 4.30pm Lewisham Annual Walk for Peace. Organised by Lewisham Police, this year’s interfaith walk through Lewisham will visit a synagogue, a church, the Islamic Centre, a Hindu temple, and the Civic Suite. Details from John Biddle at Lewisham Police.

Sunday 21 May 10am – 5.30pm Faiths In Tune Festival at the British Museum  A diverse stage music and dance programme as well as an interfaith community fair where visitors can learn about and get in touch with various faith and cultural communities from all over London.  With the ever-popular Pearls of Islam duo and LBFN friends & multifaith group Berakah Arts.

Wednesday 14 June – Thursday 15 June London School of Economics Faith Centre. Conference: Religious Imaginations and Global Transitions – how narratives of faith are shaping today’s world.  Includes Karen Armstrong and Prof Mona Siddiqui.  Book here.

Wednesday 21 June 4-5pm  Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group, Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1P 1Q.  Speaker is Jeremy Rodell of the British Humanist Association.

Upcoming events

Peace Cafe 20 April 6pm MediaHustings 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.

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Immigrant Diaries at Southbank Centre

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.

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Woven Threads and Torn Fabrics

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.

Near Neighbours invite Hammersmith and Fulham

Near Neighbours funding workshop on Friday 1 May 3pm in Hammersmith & Fulham

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 ResponseAn-Nisa Society in partnership with the Leo Baeck College invites Muslims and Jews to a text-based workshop.  £30.  Details and registration here.

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Diary of a Hounslow Girl 3-6 June Oval House Theatre, Lambeth

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.

Designing and improving public services | 20 April | CoProduction Conference

9959244_orig1This is a conference for those of us working with our local councils, NHS and other public agencies.

By bringing the experience and expertise of our local communities together with those of the statutory bodies, we can co-design and co-produce public services that make a big difference to people’s lives, that use public money more effectively and which tackle the inequalities we are all aware of.

If your faith forum, church, temple, Islamic centre, synagogue or gurdwara is working with (or interested in working with) your local borough council or NHS, please come along.

WCEN’s CoProduction Research Conference is on Monday 20 April at Springfield Hospital in south London (Tooting Bec tube) & is open to religious and community groups from across London.

One of the workshops is tailored especially for those of us who are interested in getting started on making a contribution to the physical health & emotional wellbeing of our communities.

Professor John Benington (University of Warwick) is a leading thinker in the future of how public services are evolving and will be speaking on “mobilising movement for whole system change in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity”.  The day will finish with a conversation between Prof Benington and Wandsworth Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Martin.

It’s an opportunity to share ideas from across systems and social networks: academics, policy makers, public servants, local religious & community organisations.

The conference is free of charge and includes lunch.  Download the invitation and the programme and email nadeene@wcen.org if you plan to attend.

Health & wellbeing in partnership with NHS & boroughs

london catalystMany of us will remember Victor Willmott from London Catalyst, who joined us at our meeting last March at DCLG.  The Partners for Health (Health & Belief 2015) fund is now open and Victor has kindly invited LBFN members to apply (deadline 29 May, awards up to £10,000).

The fund is especially for charities, faith groups, voluntary & community organisations which are based in London & with an annual income of less than £200,000.  They are looking for projects that:

  • tackle the effects of poverty and reduce health inequalities
  • take a new approach or a thoughtful development in response to need
  • work with an expert health agency/provider
  • provide support for people with mental and physical health needs, in particular, the areas of mental health and addiction

The fund has supported Islington Faiths Forum‘s work on poverty and mental health.  It is well suited to members of our Health & Wellbeing social lab, prototyping local health & mental health services which combine community expertise with the professional knowledge of the NHS and local authorities.

Download the application form and guidlines here, and contact Victor for further advice and to talk through your ideas.

Lambeth, Croydon & Wandsworth – evening with Near Neighbours

Tooting Near Neighbours 23 MarchJoin Becky Brookman, the West (& South West) London coordinator for the Near Neighbours Programme, in Tooting (Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW, nearest tube Tooting Broadway) on Monday 23 March 6.15pm – 8pm.  Download the flyer here.  Hot food provided!

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network, Faiths Together in Lambeth and the South London Interfaith Group are teaming up for a relaxed but engaging evening, talking about our local communities, how we can work together, sharing insights & knowledge, equipping and enabling us to transform our neighbourhoods.  The evening is especially tailored for the eligible areas in south London boroughs – all are welcome.

Becky will be giving us more information about Near Neighbours, the free training available, tips on filling in the forms and ideas on partnership and joint working.

Please pass the invitation on to those who may be interested.  Let LBFN’s convener know if you’re hoping to come along, or contact Nadeene directly at WCEN nadeene@wcen.org.uk.

Faith and Sexual Health

LBFN just received this invitation from Vernal Scott to a lunch meeting on Black and Ethnic Communities of Faith: Barriers to Our Sexual Health.

SAFER FORUM EVENT3The lunch and discussion takes place today, 6 November, at noon at St Peter’s Church, Walworth Road, SE17, and it’s unlikely any/many of us will be able to attend, but he is keen to keep in touch and to invite us to the next event.  Vernal writes,

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and all in the London Boroughs Faiths Network who is able to attend this important event about improving our sexual health and the related role of faith leaders.

A free lunch is included at noon.  All are welcome. 

May I take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt apologies for the short notice.”

Contact Vernal on 8741 1879 if you hope to attend and let me know if you would like to hear more about the work of the NAZ project.