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.

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Black Mental Health conference 9 October

HOBVHealing Our Broken Village: how much do we know about Black Mental Health and what are we going to do about it?

Conference on Thursday 9 October 3.30-8pm at New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Rd, nr Tooting Bec tube, SW17 7BU.  Download the flyer.

A warm welcome to everyone across London who cares about

  • why there’s a disproportionately high number of black Londoners in mental health services
  • how local churches, mosques and temples can work with the NHS to co-produce better & earlier services which people trust

Speakers from local religious communities, London School of Economics, SW London Mental Health Trust, Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group – with workshops, interactive sessions and a shared supper to finish.

hobv5This is the sixth annual conference organised by Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network on Black Mental Health in partnership with clinicians and policy makers – and is always a lively occasion!

Participation is free, but register in advance here.

Church of England Synod

cmeacLBFN’s Convener is speaking at a fringe meeting “Mind The Gap: how to bring a radical new approach to local community involvement: transforming outcomes of historically excluded communities” at the Church of England’s General Synod this weekend.

The panel has been organised by the Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns.  Speakers include Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network’s Malik Gul and Lankelly Chase CEO Julian Corner.  It will follow a Synod debate on the Common Good, including a talk by Jim Wallis from Sojourners, USA.

If you are in York this weekend, please join us!  Download the flyer here.

Redbridge & Tower Hamlets

Redbridge logoRedbridge Faith Forum has published an action-packed programme for the year, which includes wellbeing walks, a talent show, Walk of Peace, interfaith quiz and an open forum with Street Pastors.

Download it here and if you have something similar for your borough, send it in!

logo_thiffTower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council and sponsored by HSBC, has produced a handy Faith Calendar 2014.  It includes significant dates from thirteen religious traditions and will be useful throughout the year.  Download it here.

Mental Health & Poverty | 26 March | Islington Faiths Forum

IFF best practiceIslington Faiths Forum is holding a best practice conference on Wednesday 26 March 9.30am – 3.30pm at Islington Town Hall. The topic is one which affects many in our communities: mental health and poverty.  The day will be practical, informative and inspiring.  If you are interested in developing and supporting work in your own borough on poverty and mental health, IFF would be happy to hear from you.

IFF’s events always bring a wide range of people together from local religious communities, from public agencies and from academic and research bodies. Participation is free and lunch is included.

Download the programme and flyer to pass on to your networks and apply to Roz Miller rosalind.miller8@btinternet.com if you would like to attend.  Roz will also be saying a few words at our next LBFN meeting on 11 March.

Faith & Old Age – Sunday 20 October

LAMAG’s autumn event is at the Ahl-ul-Bayt Islamic Centre, Clapham SW4 6EH, on Sunday 20 October 2.30-4.30pm.  The topic is Faith and Old Age and the speakers include Canon Ivor Smith-Cameron and psychiatrist Dr Raza Hashim.

Lamag-A4-AUTUMN13For further information please contact Simon Kewer.

Healthy mind, healthy body

healthy mind healthy bodyShort and enjoyable courses are starting in a local Islamic centre, a Buddhist centre, a church and a community association in Lambeth to find ways to a healthy mind and a healthy body.  Two of them are especially for women.

Faiths Together in Lambeth is working with the NHS to offer the 7-week courses.  FTiL’s Alan Gadd says

“Using a Health and Belief Grant from London Catalyst and Church Urban Fund, Faiths Together in Lambeth is supporting short courses on healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing that are due to start soon.

The courses are being planned and delivered in consultation with partner health professionals in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.”

South London Islamic Centre, SW16 6NN (a course for women).  Wednesdays from 23rd October, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Details from salehajaffer@hotmail.co.uk

Jamyang Buddhist Centre, SE11 4NA.  Thursdays from 31st October, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Details from jane@jamyang.co.uk and flyer.

Loughborough Community Centre, SW9 7PD (a course for women).  Thursdays from 24th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Details from carolestagg@hotmail.com or muslimsistersjamaat@gmail.com.

Emmanuel Church, West Dulwich, SE21 8BU.  Fridays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, details from contact@ecycc.org.uk

If you’re in Lambeth, or would like to do something similar in your borough, please contact the organisers above or email Alan at ftil@hotmail.com.