Film premiere | #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship | 21 September

londonisopen-21-septLBFN’s peace & reconciliation strand includes convening the London Peace Network, which marks the UN International Day of Peace each year.

Join film-makers, artists, religious leaders and LBFN friends from across the capital on Wednesday 21 September at 8am-9am at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square for the premiere of a short film celebrating London’s places of worship – we are open and welcoming, not closed and fearful. Download the flyer.

The film is inspired by the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen series and will be shown at Southwark Cathedral later in the year in the presence of the Mayor.  Churches, Islamic centres, temples, synagogues, meeting houses and gurdwaras will be open to guests during their times of worship or meeting on 23, 24 and 25 September – contact LBFN for details.

To secure your place, please register on the Eventbrite page.

All you need for peace weekend 20-22 September

peace_leaflet_church_webI hope everyone has received information about this weekend’s activities marking the UN International Day of Peace.

In case a link is easier for spreading the word, here are the three flyers:

For Islamic centres (Friday 20th)

For synagogues (Saturday 21st)

For churches (Sunday 22nd)

We’ll also be embarking on Flights for Peace on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd September at 2-3pm.

We’ll ‘fly’ from Greenwich to Newham on the Emirates Air Line (cable car) in gondolas which have been reserved for us by TfL.

If you’d like to join in, please let LBFN know.  Young people and accompanied children will be taking part and are very welcome.

We are delighted that so many organisations have offered their support: Christian Muslim Forum, Faith-based Regeneration Network, Muslim Council of Britain, Faiths Forum for London, Churches Together in England, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, The Cordoba Foundation and many more.

It’s a very simple idea.

We invite in visitors (from different traditions from our own) and exchange messages of peace.

Messages from nine religious traditions are printed on each leaflet.

If you would like an invitation to an Islamic centre, a synagogue (which will probably be in the sukkah) or a church, please get in touch with your local faith forum, or with LBFN, and we will arrange it.  Schools are getting involved, too.  You will be one of millions marking the UN International Day of Peace.

Take a photograph of your event, big or small, and send it in – we like to share good news!

The Facebook page for this weekend is very popular and has all the latest news, photos and updates  The twitter name is @network_peace.

UK-Pakistan gathering tomorrow afternoon

For everyone coming to LBFN’s UK-Pakistan Minority-Majority event tomorrow afternoon in Balham, SW12, here is the programme.  We have made extra space so that more people can participate, so if you haven’t registered yet, please do so at

Our keynote speaker is Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development and we will also be hearing from the Bishop of Lahore, Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Humera Khan (An-Nisa Society) and Anwar Akhtar (The Samosa).

Look forward to seeing you there.

UK_PK programme pic

Invitation | UK-Pakistan Minority-Majority gathering

Min-Maj invitation picPlease join us at our last Olympic Truce event – a wonderful gathering of people who are interested in the future of Pakistan and of this country and how we can work well together.

Tuesday 12th March, 3-8pm (with supper)

Memon Centre, 13 Weir Road, Balham, SW12 0LT

Download the invitation and sign up (limited places, so please register soon).  Pass the invitation on to those with links to Pakistan.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Olympic Truce minority-majority project

mmproject picLBFN has been part of the Foreign Office’s Olympic Truce Stakeholders’ Group since 2011 and many of us met the FCO’s Conrad Bailey at the various London 2012 events last year.

We are delighted that one of our “twinned” projects is starting this week in Pakistan, supported by the FCO.  It looks at the close ties over centuries between this country and Pakistan and at the experience of the Pakistan diaspora.  What can government, civil society and religious organisations do together to enable greater awareness of minority-majority issues in both countries?  How can we work together in practical and positive ways?

More details are on the London Peace Network site.

Round-up of London Peace Network news

As the weather cools and memories of our Olympic summer fade, have a look at the London Peace Network blog for the latest news and pictures of Olympic Truce events.

UN International Day of Peace, Tooting Islamic Centre, and prayers for peace

South London Inter Faith Group Walks in the City/Southwark and Merton

Imperial War Museum and an earlier visit

Open Iftar meals in Waltham Forest, Lambeth & Harrow

2012 Hours Against Hate


Near Neighbours Olympic Torch pledge

St Ethelburga’s This is Not a Plate

Ramadan Festival’s Dine @ Mine


Ringing bells for the Olympic Truce – and meeting Ban Ki-moon

War and Peace Festival at St John’s Waterloo

If you have any pictures or news you’d like added, please send them in.

So many of us have been involved in extra peace-making and trust-building activities during 2012.  We’ll be listening to some of these stories at our next meeting.  Please let me know if you’d like to share yours.


BATCA peace ceremony at Tooting Broadway

Peace Ceremony on Monday 24th September 6-7pm at Tooting Broadway tube station.

BATCA Multi-Faith Peace Ceremony

6-7pm on Monday 24th September

Tooting Broadway Tube Station

Please join BATCA’s sixth Multi-Faith Peace Ceremony to be held from 6-7pm on Monday 24th September outside Tooting Broadway tube station.

This is an occasion that celebrates the richness of our community and its faith traditions. Leaders from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths have been invited to say brief prayers for peace. We have asked our Mayor and MP, and other local leaders, to come and say a few words.

Members of the public will be invited to light candles, creating a glow in the falling light, and if they wish, express their own thoughts or prayers for peace.

Please support this moving occasion, and forward the flyer widely.

For more information, please contact:

Revd Dr Andrew Davey

or Kate Allan   020 8870 1550