A quick round-up of activities in London over the next couple of months, for activists and thinkers alike. Plenty to get our teeth into – enjoy!
Thursday 24 April 12.30-2pm South London Inter Faith Group informal lunch meeting at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU.
Tuesday 29 April, 6pm – 8pm Multifaith Hustings for the European Elections at the Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH, organised by Faiths Together in Lambeth. Further details here.
Tuesday 29 April 6.30pm at the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 2LQ. Building Communities In An Age Of Change, with GlobalNet21 & Community Development Network London. Speakers include Andy Sawford MP & Steve Wyler of Locality. Details here.
Wednesday 30 April 7.15 to 9pm Women’s Discussion Group (discussion, support and friendship) Hounslow Friends of Faith, Hounslow Community Centre, Montague Road, Hounslow TW3 1JY. Details here.
Wednesday 7 May 6.30pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4M 8AD. Climate Change: Building the Will for Action with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Download the flyer here & book a place here.
Thursday 8 May 7 – 9 pm Faiths Together in Croydon event on Interfaith Marriage at CVA, 82 London Road, CR0 2TB. Contact Matt at email@example.com.
Saturday 10 May 7.00-8.15pm Conversations for the Soul (one to one interfaith conversations about beliefs and practice) at the South London Islamic Centre, 8 Mitcham Lane, SW16 6NN. Details from John Woodhouse on 020 8677 0588 or 0790 8888 586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 11 May 2.30pm Lambeth Multi-faith Action Group. Faith in Education at Corpus Christi Church Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 5BJ. Speakers include Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Sarah Thorley and Fr Joseph Briffa SJ.
Monday 12 May 6 for 6.30pm at 77 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2EZ Atheists: the Origin of the Species with Nick Spencer of Theos (book launch and discussion).
Tuesday 13 May 9.45-11.45am London Peace Network planning group meets in central London, probably in the Euston Road area. The Peace Network was brought together by LBFN to promote the Olympic Truce and to support local peace-building. Visit the website to see what is planned and let LBFN know if you’d like to join us for the planning meeting – you would be most welcome. Check LPN on Facebook.
Tuesday 13 May12.00 to 13.30 Lunchtime Dialogue in Whitechapel with the Christian Muslim Forum. A regular session based on Conversations for the Soul (tandem dialogue between people of different faiths) on the second Tuesday of each month. More details from CMF here.
Wednesday 14 May 5-7pm Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths. Faith in the Public Realm Dilwar Hussain of New Horizons in British Islam at lecture room RHB 137. Registration and more details here.
Wednesday 14 May 5.30pm to 7.00pm. RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. How has religion become an agent in peace-building in conflict areas of the world? Westminster Faith Debates.
Wednesday 14 May 18.30 Narrative Practitioners Forum – for those who use personal narrative and story in their work to share best practice and learn from each other. At the London Inter Faith Centre, 125 Salusbury Road, NW6 6RG. With St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, the Forgiveness Project, International School of Storytelling and Guerrard Hermes Foundation for Peace. £10. Book here.
Friday 16 May Deadline for call for abstracts (invited from scholars and relevant practitioners) for an academic workshop Sense of Belonging in a Diverse Britain. Wide range of papers welcomed. Workshop organised by the Dialogue Society and Coventry University on 20-21 November in Coventry.
Thursday 29 May 10.30-15.00 Religion and Belief in Higher Education conference at SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE. Papers include one on the social and academic experiences of Christian, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish students. £60. Details here.
Tuesday 10th June to Thursday 12th June: Understanding Islam, a three day course with Dr Chris Hewer and the Faithful Friends group in Ham, Richmond. More details from Diana Mills at email@example.com.
Saturday 14th June 9.45am-6pm Westminster Interfaith’s 29th Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace – this year in Haringey. This is always a popular event – booking form & contacts here and more details in the latest newsletter here.
Monday 16 June Reflections of Jesus and Muhammad, or Distortions? Day conference with the Christian Muslim Forum and several leading speakers at Abrar House, Crawford Place, nr Edgware Road W1H 4LP. Details & registration here.
Tuesday 17 June – Wednesday 18 June European Network on Religion & Belief AGM in Brussels, Belgium. Grassroots practitioners from across Europe gathering together, with Matthew Goodwin (Nottingham University) speaking on the far right in Europe and the impact of the recent elections. This is a free event (reasonably priced accommodation available), with a visit to the European Parliament and Commission included. Further information & registration here. LBFN has been part of ENORB from its inception.
Thursday 26 June 18.30 to 21.00 Multiculturalism – Problem or Solution? How do we all fit together, what kind of society do we live in, is it working? Speakers include Dan Nilsson DeHanas, Akeela Ahmed, Ajmal Masroor, Revd Alan Green (Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum). £5. Details from the Christian Muslim Forum.
Members of Kingston Inter Faith Forum & South London Inter Faith Group appeared on Sky News on Monday, sharing views following the Prime Minister’s Easter message. View the clip here.
Greater London Presence & Engagement has produced a helpful briefing (Susanne gave us a sneak preview at our last meeting) to the controversy surrounding ‘religious slaughter’ – download it here.
At LBFN’s last meeting at DCLG we agreed to form several ‘social labs‘. Our regular meetings are very successful at bringing a wide range of practitioners together from across the capital, but there are too many of us now to discuss our concerns in depth each time. Have a look at the Social Labs page and let the convener know which one(s) you’d like to be involved with – there are six to choose from.
A few borough networks are refreshing their ideas, getting involved in new activities and attracting new members. Contact LBFN if you’d like to meet up with similar faith forums/multifaith networks to share experiences. Our Waterloo office is a perfect meeting space, with its informal cafe and plenty of space.
Please pass news on to your communities and networks and let LBFN know if you have any events, publications, job opportunities or news you would like to share.
Keep in touch via email. And if you are on Facebook, please ‘like’ LBFN’s page https://www.facebook.com/LondonBoroughsFaithsNetwork and use it to link to your own activities. LBFN’s convener tweets @multifaith and is always happy to find LBFN friends on Twitter.