Lambeth: Youth Faith Forum/the riots, faith/climate change

A couple of excellent events coming up soon, organised by Faiths Together in Lambeth.

The Lambeth Youth Faith Forum will be meeting on Sunday 11th March 4.30pm – 6.30pm, at the Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH.

Hussain Bapulah will introduce a debate about last August’s riots.  Young people aged 16-22 are welcome – more information and booking details on the LYFF website (which also has a great photo-blog).

Faith and Climate Change in Lambeth

Supported by Lambeth Council (Lambeth Green Community Champions) and the Skills Support Agency, an evening at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre, The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA, on Thursday 22nd March at 6-8pm will include speakers from the Council, Transition Town Brixton, LIFE and others.  For more information and booking details, download the flyer.

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What’s On

There’s plenty on in London over the next few weeks for LBFN folk – please use the comment box to add your own suggestions.

Image: Hajj certificate (detail). 17th–18th century AD. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust).

Hajj – journey to the heart of Islam opens at the British Museum, WC1, today (until 15th April) to favourable reviews and previews.  £12 (free to members).

There’s an invitation for pilgrims to add their most vivid memory of Hajj on the British Museum website – some Londoners have already contributed.

The synagogues of Britain: an architectural and social heritage.  Talk by Sharman Kadish at Chadwick Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, WC1.  Monday 27th February, 6.15pm.  Free.

Faith Debates from the Religion and Society Research Programme at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET at 5.30 – 7pm.  Free: register with p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk.

After the Riots – from blame to positive action, a one-day forum to understand different perspectives on the underlying civic, moral, political and social perspectives, organised by Initiatives of Change, The Cordoba Foundation and Civil Society Forum on Wednesday, 1st February 10am – 5pm at Initiatives of Change Centre, 24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD.  Speakers include Dr Peter Selby. Free: download a registration form here and send to esther.ridsdale@tocollaborate.org or dondes@uk.iofc.org.

Roots and Rise of Islamophobia in Europe  Saturday 4th February 1.15pm, Finsbury Park Mosque, 7–11 St Thomas’s Rd, N4 2QH.  Free: register with info@enoughcoalition.org.uk.

Together Thursday 2nd February at 6pm – talk by Richard Sennett at RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.  Living with people who differ – racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically – is one of the most difficult challenges facing us today.  It requires more than goodwill: it requires skill. Free: register here.

2012 Inter Faith Walks – a special meeting with South London Inter Faith Group on Thursday 8th February 6.30-8pm (including hot vegetarian meal) at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1.  Get tips on organising a walk in your own borough during the weekend of 14th – 15th July, bringing together people from many different religious traditions.  Upload your invitation here.

Reclaiming London Together – a meeting to promote collaboration for London’s young people after the 2011 disturbances, organised by Faiths Forum for London with the Fayre Share Foundation on Monday 5th March.  £15 each (under 24s free), with Boris Johnson, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Rt Revd Christopher Chessun.

Religion, Civil Religion and the Common Good  Conference at London Metropolitan University, 20th-21st June.  £60 (£35 for one day).  Papers invited.  Contributors include Dr Patrick Riordan, S.J., Heythrop College, University of London.

Inter Faith Network for the UK – the latest newsletter is packed with information.

Holocaust Memorial Day is being marked across London this week and over the weekend – see the list of borough events.

Peace and co-production

Three top events next week!

We reflected on the London riots at our LBFN meeting last Wednesday – a wide range of voices, a great depth of understanding.

Restoring Peace at Oasis Charities Parliament is an opportunity to share your views with the Communities and Victims Panel at 6.30pm on Wednesday 28th September at The Oasis Centre, 1 Kennington Road, SE1 7QP.

Islington Faiths Forum is holding a Peace Celebration this Sunday at 3.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, N1 2TX.  There will be poetry and singing – an event for all age-groups.

All are welcome.

Interested in making public services better – especially for people who depend on them most?

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network is inviting everyone who is keen to see local faith groups get involved in co-production (and anyone who wants to find out what it is) to a major gathering.

Closing the Gap III will take place at the Samaj Hall, 26b Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG on Wednesday 28th September at 4.30pm.

Click on the links to find out more and/or register.

London Riots

Many of us will be deeply involved in our own boroughs at the moment.

I have a meeting this afternoon (Tuesday 9th) in the Victoria/Westminster area in relation to the Olympic Truce.

If you’d like to meet up with me and with other LBFN members to discuss the riots, please let me know asap (if you leave a comment on this post I will find it).  I’ll extend the meeting from 3pm to include anyone who would like to join us, finishing at around 4pm.

Keep safe.