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.

Hounslow Friends of Faith

Hounslow Friends of Faith‘s annual Inter Faith Walk will take place this year in Feltham.

“We have chosen this weekend as there will be many other Walks taking place in other boroughs of London, thus demonstrating, if that were needed, that London is very much a multi-faith city.”

The Walk of Peace and Friendship will start at St Lawrence’s Catholic Church, The Green, High Street, Feltham TW13 4AF at 10am on Saturday 14th July.

Inter Faith Walks 2012: City Hall meeting + £100

Here is an invitation to City Hall on Tuesday 15th May at 6.30pm from South London Inter Faith Group.SLIFG has helped local groups organise inter faith walks for many years.  They’re a great way for local people from different religious and other traditions to meet each other, visit local communities and learn from our neighbours.

This Olympic year (and the walks will be part of the Olympic Truce) they are inviting all the London boroughs to walk on the same weekend – 14th or 15th July.  What’s more, they are offering £100 to each participating borough** Ooops, in fact £100 only available for South London boroughs – thank you Sarah for correcting me.

Organising walks means working in partnership with the local police; your local borough commander may like to match SLIFG’s donation.

Come along to find out more, receive your cheque and meet everyone else.  To register, email SLIFG.

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.

Every borough in London – 2012 Inter Faith Walks

Poster for South London Inter Faith Group's 2011 Walk

A special invitation has been received by LBFN to join South London Inter Faith Group on Wednesday 8th February 6.30-8pm (includes a hot vegetarian meal) at Southwark Cathedral Education Centre, London Bridge, SE1 to find out about this year’s Inter Faith Walks.

Sarah Thorley and Rashid Laher will be there to share tips and know-how from past walks (see left).

Is there a walk planned for your own borough during the weekend of 14th – 15th July?  If not, why not organise one?

It’s a great way of bringing together people from many different religious & belief traditions.  They might not have had the chance to meet or to visit their local places of worship and practice.  The hospitality given and received on these occasions is seldom forgotten.

LBFN is supporting SLIFG in encouraging every borough in London to take part on the same weekend of this special Olympic and Paralympic year.  Lots of help is at hand – come along and find out more.

Upload your invitation here and read Sarah’s second letter to us all here.

Let LBFN &/or Sarah know if you plan to be there or would like some more information.