Lambeth Inter Faith Walk | 17 September

19-crossing-clapham-commonThe South London Inter Faith Group has a tradition of over 25 years of organising inter faith walks.  Faiths Together in Lambeth, which hosts monthly meetings of SLIFG, holds their 2016 walk today, starting at noon at Streatham Synagogue.  Download the map and details here.

Upcoming events in & around Kingston

Rashid Laher and Dianne MahboubiInter-faith Forums / Faithfull Friends events, kindly circulated by Rashid Ali Laher (above left – Kingston IF Forum, Richmond IF Forum and South London Inter Faith Group).  Download full details here.

Saturday 11 October 2pm  Britain has a proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution, and civil society has been at the forefront in welcoming and supporting refugees. Meet at All Saints Church Kingston. Walk with Sukkah, a ceremonial tent to mark the Jewish festival of Sukkot ~ highlighting the need to resettle refugees in communities not camps ~ details http://www.unhcr.org/542abbc16.html.

Monday 13 October ~ 1000-1600hrs ~ MILAAP Multi-Cultural Centre, Kingston.  Dr Chris Hewer (www.chrishewer.org) Study Day: “What is it to be a Woman? Focus on Islam”. Contact Diana Mills 020 8948 3276 dianamills@phonecoop.coop

Saturday 18 October ~ 1830 hrs Annual Gala Evening, Claremont Fan Court School, ESHER – an evening of “Foods & Performances” from diverse cultures. www.elmbridgemultifaith.org.uk Contact GeoffreyMorriss@emas-bc.co.uk 01932 868454.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 October ~ Hunger for Justice Weekend acting and praying for our climate. Invite your MP along and challenge them to act on climate change ~ Register your Church via website: www.christianaid.org.uk

Tuesday 4 November ~ “Faith Schools Should Not Be A Part of State Education” at 2000hrs ~ South Farnham School, Menin Way FARNHAM GU9 8DY ~ College Principal, 2 School Heads & CE British Humanist Society www.farnham.humanist.org.uk 01252 726684

Saturday 15 November ~ 1900 Hrs ~ “Concert in Aid of the Kingston Food Bank” at Saint Thomas Aquinas RC Church, Ham Street RICHMOND TW10 7HT ~ Tickets £5 per head ~ RashidAli Laher 020 8541 1330 rai.laher@blueyonder.co.uk

LAST THURSDAY most months (30 OCT, 27 NOV & 18 DEC) ~ Open Lunch Time Meetings South London Inter Faith Group at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU.  Vegetarian Lunch 12.30pm followed at 1pm to 2pm ~ an opportunity to share Inter Faith news and experiences, and to discuss matters of concern to SLIFG.  Contact Reverend Alan Gadd ~ membership@southlondoninterfaith.org.uk.

Reflections from Sunday 14 September ~ Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames “Heritage Open Day” Inter Faith Walk ~ memorable day, worth remembering things to do and advance the need to sustain local volunteers, supporting the growing needs of the vulnerable living amongst us:
• Street Pastors in Kingston ~ www.kingston.streetpastors.org.uk
• Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness ~ www.kcah.org.uk
• Kingston Kaleidoscope Project ~ www.kaleidoscopeproject.org.uk
• Kingston Foodbank ~ Trussell Trust ~ www.kingston.foodbank.org.uk
• Kingston WelCare ~ Making Families Stronger ~ welcarekingston.org.uk
• Oxygen Kingston ~ Young Persons resources for Youth work ~ www.yfc.co.uk
• Joel Community Trust ~ New Centre for Homeless ~ www.joelcommunitytrust.org.uk
• Kingston Quakers:- Kingston’s first EcoFriendly Meeting Place www.kingstonquakers.org

Kingston – raising awareness & understanding of the vulnerable amongst us

lotus_flowerThis year’s inter faith walk in Kingston-upon-Thames focuses on the vulnerable amongst us.

Kingston Inter Faith Forum and Faithful Friends invite you to join them on Sunday 14 September, visiting six places of worship across the borough.

More information from Rashid Ali and Diana Mills and download the flyer here.

Walks | pilgrimages | fundays

Three local walks and pilgrimages and a funday are coming up during September.

BATCA flyerSaturday 13 September Balham & Tooting Community Association’s annual Funday will take place at Gatton Muslim Primary School and St Augustine’s Church of England in Tooting, Wandsworth.  Attractions will include food from around the world, a clown, fairground rides, traditional sideshows, penalty shoot outs, creative arts, free NHS health checks for over 40s, craft stalls, farm animals, a fire engine and much more.

The theme this year is “Celebrating Life Together.”   Download details here.

WF walkSunday 14 September

The Women’s Interfaith Network in Waltham Forest is leading a Friendship Pilgrimage “Sounds of Spirituality” around the borough.

They will visit nine places of worship, starting at the Sri Karpaga Vinayagar Temple and ending with supper together.

People are welcome to join the pilgrimage at any stop.

Download the flyer and programme.

ftilSaturday 20 September Faiths Together in Lambeth will be leading an Inter Faith Walk, starting at Church of the Holy Spirit, stopping at four more places of worship and practice in the north of the borough and finishing at Lambeth Masjid and Progressive Community Centre.

Walkers are invited to join at any time.  Download the flyer and map.

st e walkSunday 21 September The Ethelburga Walk from Barking to Bishopsgate will raise funds for St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.

It will make its way through “surprising green spaces in East London.”  There’ll be storytelling, music and refreshments en route for a great day out and for a good cause. Children and dogs welcome.

Download the flyer here and register at www.stethelburgas.org/walk.

Are you planning a walk or community event?  Let LBFN know and we can add it to the blog.

Ride + Stride around London’s places of worship 14 September

Ride+Stride Logo 2Would you like to welcome walkers and cyclists to your place of worship or practice on Saturday 14 September?  Londoners will be finding sponsorship to visit as many as possible, with the proceeds split 50-50 between their own choice of local church, mosque, temple or other community and the Heritage for London Trust.

Sadly, the date chosen clashes with the solemn day of Yom Kippur, so Jewish friends and synagogues are unlikely to be participating.  Let’s hope significant days and dates are avoided next year.  The BBC website has a good calendar for checking dates up to two years in advance.

LOGO BLUE3064See whether your borough’s religious buildings are part of Ride+Stride on the HfLT website, which has a handy map.  Wesley’s Chapel, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the Swedish Church, the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, Wandsworth Quaker Meeting House and St Paul’s Cathedral are already signed up.

Lambeth Council has integrated Ride + Stride into its Lambeth Heritage Festival.  

HfLT’s Alice Knight is happy to sign up new participants – she has some A2 posters to use as publicity which are free of charge.  On the day, someone needs to welcome walkers and cyclists, tell them something about the heritage and sign their sponsorship forms.  Juice and biscuits is an extra treat but not essential.  Download the form and return it to Alice asap at contact@heritageoflondon.com.

“Get on your bikes or put your best foot forward to raise much needed funds for London’s places of worship!

Ride+Stride is a sponsored walk and cycle around religious buildings of all faiths and eras.

The less energetic can also take part as many of these buildings are on major public transport routes.

Participants are free to choose whatever route and distance suits them.

The funds raised will be split equally between the participant’s nominated place of worship and the Heritage of London Trust, who will then give it out in grants.”

In future, this scheme could link in with the Open University’s Building on History initiative, which Finchley and Wandsworth are pioneering.

Many thanks to Jason Cobb for alerting LBFN to Ride + Stride.

Boris backs London inter faith walks 14th – 15th July

London’s Mayor is backing a series of inter faith walks being held across South London this weekend to showcase the multi-faith character of the capital.

The Mayor says,

“I am delighted to lend my support to the South London Inter Faith Walks in this summer like no other for London.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games offer the most wonderful demonstration of togetherness, and it will be a joy to see athletes and visitors from all over the world, of all faiths and none, coming together in our capital where we are almost unique in being able to offer them all a home from home.

That is something to celebrate and for which we can all give thanks, and I can think of no better way to do so than by joining one of these Inter Faith walks in that same spirit of togetherness and sporting endeavour.”

Coordinated by South London Inter Faith Group and organised by local groups, each event is free and open to anyone of any faith or none. Participants will spend about an hour in up to eight different places of worship and can drop in and out at any part of the day. Participating boroughs are: Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston, Merton, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Lewisham, Bromley and Greenwich. 

Sarah Thorley, organiser of 15 previous south London walks says,

“Come and join in! Meet and walk and talk with your neighbours. Now is your chance to enter all those mysterious buildings you’ve never quite dared to go into.

Visit temples, churches, mosques and synagogues all in one weekend.

See for yourselves the genuine inter faith cooperation that exists.”

To find details of the walks in your area, see www.southlondoninterfaith.org.uk/2012-inter-faith-walks.

Details and maps of the walks can also be found on the London Peace Network website, along with many other Olympic Truce activities this summer.

Hackney funday, make a animated film, inter faith walks, Ramadan soup kitchens, War & Peace Festival

Lots of new items on our London Peace Network site – young people creating their own Olympic Truce animation, War & Peace Festival12 inter faiths walks next weekend, volunteering during Ramadan to provide food to people who don’t have a home, and a funday in Hackney.

Full details at www.londonpeacenetwork.wordpress.com.