Spirit of Womanhood art exhibition

The Women’s Interfaith Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary and International Women’s Day with an art exhibition in the Galleries at the OXO Tower Wharf on 20- 30 March.

The artworks on display have been selected from nearly 1,500 submissions from women across the world, including Tracey Emin.  Curator Rosalind Parker (of the Meridian Institute for Culture and Dialogue & previously involved in 3FF’s Urban Dialogues exhibition) says, “This is a platform for female artists, both established and emerging, to engage in discussion of gender, faith and spirituality.”

Women from communities across London will find this an exciting event.

“My Great Great Grandfather was a slave in the Ottoman Empire.

My Father was a Turkish Cypriot. He was a Muslim who grew up in a Greek village and spoke Turkish with a Greek accent.

My Mother is British. She grew up in London’s East End. She comes from a family of long time Gypsies.

Me – I am an international artist. I exhibit all over the world.

I am very happy to take part in this Exhibition.”

Tracey Emin

winThere’s also a Voices of Womanhood Festival Day (£15 for a day ticket) with an eclectic programme of films, speakers and panels on Sunday 23rd March 11am – 9pm at the Roxy Bar and Screen, 128 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB.

Download the flyer for details and book your place by emailing Marion Waruguru at marion@wominet.org.uk.

Upcoming events

London 2014 rThere’s plenty on in London to get 2014 off to a great start!

20 January 9.30am – 4.10pm  A Conversation about Conflict exploring the faith influences that can be used to tackle difficult issues in a community setting.  St Ethelburga’s and Christian Muslim Forum are co-facilitating the workshop at 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  Details here.

  • Could your faith community improve the way it responds to conflict?
  • Are you interested in bringing the principles and practices of your faith into your responses to conflict?
  • Are you interested in sharing your faith practices across faiths and learning from each other?

22 January 10am-12pm Together in Service funding briefing at Bethnal Green Mission Church, 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  There’s also a chance to talk to the TiS team individually about potential projects.  Details here.

22 January 6.30-8pm  Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable – talk by Prof Amartya Sen at LSE . The talk will be live-streamed on LSE’s website and a podcast made available. Details here.

27 January  Holocaust Memorial Day events have been been organised by many London boroughs in cooperation with local religious communities, including Barnet, Lewisham, Haringey, Southwark, Greenwich, Croydon, Brent, Lambeth, Hounslow and Havering.  Details of all London events here.

27 January 5.30pm European Parliament training event with Faiths Forum for London at Europe House, Smith Square, W1.  The aim is to engage with citizens and faith groups to raise awareness of the issues and debates taking place in European Parliament and how citizens can get involved the decision making. Details here.

South London Inter Faith Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30-2pm at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Roupell Park Estate, Redland Way, SW2 3LU.  Next meeting 30 JanuaryDetails here.

4 February 6pm The Dialogue Society Book Group Meeting 5: A Distant Shore, by Caryl Phillips The Dialogue Society, 402 Holloway Road, N7 6PZ.  Details here.

Westminster Faith Debates are back with a new series, on global religious trends, at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET at 5.30pm, including on 12 February What is driving sectarian violence in the wake of the Arab spring? and on 12 March Are attempts to promote worldwide religious freedom naive or necessary?  Details here.

18 February Women in the 21st Century conference at Queen Mary University, London E1 4NS with a wide range of speakers and workshops (£40). Details here.

Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group meets next to the Cathedral in Victoria on the third Wednesday of the month at 4pm.  Upcoming speakers include Hugo Clarke (Curzon Institute) on World War 1 (19  February), Raheed Salam, faith and interfaith consultant for NCVYS (19 March).  Details here.

11 March 3-5pm  London Boroughs Faiths Network meeting at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, SW1E 5DU.  We are also planning two focused meetings on health and on young Londoners.

Goldsmiths’ Faiths and Civil Society Unit has a series on Faith in the Public Realm, including How do governments do God?  Warwick Hawkins MBE, Head of Faith Communities Engagement, Department for Communities and Local Government
12 March at 5pm.  Near Neighbours – can Christians do public faith for everyone? Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons in British Islam, 14 May at 5pm.  Details here.

15 March  God and Government Conference with Theos, covering welfare, religious freedom, multiculturalism, and education among others.  Details here.

Research Project on Attitudes to Self-Sacrificial Death for National and/or Religious Motives.  Prof John Wolffe (Professor of Religious History, The Open University) is interested to hear from anyone from a Catholic, Protestant or Muslim background who would like to take part in this study by being interviewed.  “In the run-up to the centenaries of the outbreak of the First World War (August 1914), of the Easter Rising in Dublin (April 1916) and of the Battle of the Somme (July 1916), we are developing a historical and contemporary study of British and Irish views on martyrdom and sacrificial death. We are interested not only in perceptions of events a century ago, but also in the way casualties have been regarded in events within living memory such as the Falklands War of 1982, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and IRA attacks in the mainland UK in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. We are also exploring more contemporary examples, notably reactions to the 9/11 and 7/7 bombings, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the ‘Arab Spring’.”  Details here.

Spirit of Womanhood

spirit of womanhood picThe Women’s Interfaith Network has put out a call for entries to their 10th anniversary art exhibition next year.  Spirit of Womanhood will be held at London’s Oxo Tower on 25 – 31 March, to coincide with International Women’s Day 2014 – dates to add to your forward planner.

Entry is open to female artists of any age, culture, belief or non-belief.  Submissions are invited via www.win-exhibition.org.uk by 30 November.  WIN says

“The exhibition will provide a unique platform for female artists from diverse backgrounds to celebrate their creativity and spiritual journeys.”

Pass the flyer on to female artists in your communities – this is bound to be a significant event within the art world and will draw visitors from across London and the UK.

For more information, contact the Curator, Rosalind Parker.

Further statements mourning the death of Drummer Lee Rigby

Leonie Lewis, Co-chair of the Faiths Forum for London and CEO of Jewish Volunteering Network, addressing the meeting on Friday.

Leonie Lewis, Co-chair of Faiths Forum for London and CEO of Jewish Volunteering Network, addressing the meeting on Friday.

The Faiths Forum for London helped organise an event on Friday, drawing together religious leaders, the armed forces and politicians, at which the Deputy Prime Minister spoke.  The two co-chairs of the Forum, Leonie Lewis and Canon Guy Wilkinson CBE, also spoke.

Phil Rosenberg, FFL’s Director, has uploaded a transcript of the speeches onto their website and these may be helpful in local conversations.  They spoke for us all in offering condolences to the family and friends of Drummer Lee Rigby and in condemning his brutal murder.  The speakers were:

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
  • Sadiq Khan MP
  • Lord Tariq Ahmad
  • Captain Afzal Amin
  • Imam Shams Ad Duha
  • Canon Guy Wilkinson CBE
  • Leonie Lewis

Further statements mourning the death of Drummer Lee Rigby and condemning the attack have been issued by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board and the Women’s Interfaith Network.  Others are listed in a previous post.

Visit to the V&A with Barnet Women’s Interfaith Network

An invitation to a local forum’s event which is open to all . .

Barnet Women’s Interfaith Network invites women and men to a special guided tour of the Jameel Gallery on Monday 10th September at the Sackler Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL.

WIN’s Jackie Goymour is co-ordinating the tour and she asks that you return the completed form to her along with your contribution of £5.  All the information you need is on the flyer.

Arrive at the V&A at 10.30am for 10.45am as the tour starts at 11am prompt.

Coffee & cupcakes in Merton

Merton Council is supporting Merton Interfaith Forum’s Hospitality Month – places of worship opening their doors, offering refreshments and welcoming people from different religious traditions and the wider community.  The next event is this Sunday morning at Immanuel House and all Merton’s religious groups are invited to host an event – contact Evereth Willis on 020-8545 4637.

Women's Interfaith Coffee with Mrs Geetha Maheshwaran (second from left) at the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in 2011

Do you have a women’s group at your place of worship in Merton?  Would you like to invite women from your local church, mosque, temple, synagogue, gurdwara or community group over for coffee?

The Council has provided all the equipment you need (hot drinks dispensers, tea, coffee, biscuits) for Women’s Interfaith Coffee Mornings.  They were a lot of fun last year.  There’s also a banner to use for the occasion – all you need to do is put the word around and add cupcakes!

The first of these is on 9th May at the Baitul Futuh Mosque.  Download the Women’s Interfaith Coffee info sheet if you’d like to host a coffee morning, or contact Evereth Willis at Merton Council on 020 8545 4637.  The coffee mornings and Hospitality Week are part of this year’s Olympic Truce activities, building trust across the host city during 2012.