As part of our European strand of work, LBFN is delighted to host a reception for distinguished guests from the city of Berlin.
Join us at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW, at 5-6pm on Monday 30 January. Register your place here.
We will hear from
Dr Thomas Schimmel, Director, 1219 Religions- und Kulturdialog, Berlin
Pasha Shah, Integration and Faith Division, Department of Communities and Local Government, UK
Katharina Smith-Müller, Inter Faith Advisor, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Dr Thomas Wipf, Swiss reformed theologian and Moderator, European Council of Religious Leaders
Pastor Peter Jorgensen, Community of Evangelical Free Churches, Berlin
Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Director, Council of Christians and Jews, UK
Representative of Hartmut Rhein, Commissioner for Churches and Religious and Philosophical Communities, Mayor’s Office, Berlin (tbc)
Catriona Robertson, Convener, London Boroughs Faiths Network, and Interim Director, Christian Muslim Forum, UK
Interfaith, Cities and Government is a new project launched by theEuropean Council of Religious Leaders (Religions for Peace), bringing together interfaith leaders and local governments from European cities, to share best practice, exchange knowledge, and explore collaboration. The visit to London follows a meeting at Berlin Town Hall in October 2016 which included London Boroughs Faiths Network, Faiths Forum for London, the Metropolitan Police and the European Council of Religious Leaders.
The reception ends at 6pm but our guests have kindly agreed to stay on for some informal networking until 6.30pm.
Safety and Security for Places of Worship in London: supporting each other across religious traditions.
Pilot course starting this year: one evening per week over 6 weeks at New Scotland Yard.
The training is for small to medium sized places of worship, with an encouraging message to build confidence and to kick-start some action.
We will learn across faith boundaries, developing diverse networks of support. Our emphasis is on bottom-up ways of working, building on the good work already taking place.
Connecting with our public agency colleagues, we will link churches with temples, synagogues with gurdwaras and Islamic centres: we will not only upskill ourselves, but will understand each other’s different safety concerns and become better able to support each other.
People in places of worship – safeguarding, lone workers, secure spaces, staff, volunteers (with Metropolitan Police)
Emergencies – terror attack, flood, pandemic & recovery plans (with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Metropolitan Police & London Resilience)
Hate Crime – on the street, on public transport, online abuse (with British Transport Police, Tell Mama & Community Security Trust)
Safety in buildings – worship/teaching, events & visitors, statutory requirements, checks, fire prevention, exits, drilling procedures (with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Community Security Trust & Metropolitan Police)
Supportive links – Borough Councils, Metropolitan Police, City Hall, London Transport Police, London Fire Brigade, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Tell Mama, Community Security Trust, London Resilience, NHS, Public Health
Checklists – who does what, legal obligations, communications, governance and media matters
The pilot course will be open to suggestions and changes along the way and the learning will be captured. We hope the course will be both robust and popular, and rolled out to other areas of the country.
To register your place of worship on the waiting list for training, or if your organisation is interested in contributing to this initiative, please get in touch.
“What place do religion, spirituality and belief hold for humans in 2017? Join the first part of our year-long festival, Belief and Beyond Belief, as we start our exploration of what it means to be human in the 21st century.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra begin the festival with concerts featuring music composed in the darkest times of humanity – World War 2 – by Martinů. Their Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski also conducts music from Vaughan Williams written at the end of his life, full of breathtaking ambition and light.”
London’s faith communities are open and welcoming!
In step with the Mayor’s #LondonIsOpen message, a short film has been shot on location across the capital and includes Sikh, Quaker, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist & Baha’i places opening their doors.
Against a backdrop of international tensions and increased hate crime, London’s faith groups, from humble to grand, are not closed and fearful – we remain open and welcoming!
Inter Faith Week events across London are screening the new film as part of their activities – you are welcome to do the same by using this link. Can you identify the different places?
Thanks to everyone who responded to our email during the summer and welcomed in the cameras – we were overwhelmed with offers. A big thank you to Rosalind Parker and Jack Jeffreys for the filming. For any who would like to get involved in the next stage, our #LondonIsOpen initiative continues – join us at 3pm on Tuesday 6 December at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW, to plan for 2017. Let us know if you’d like to join us.
Imam Shoaib Vawda of Wimbledon Mosque with Andrew last November.
LBFN received the sad news today that our good friend Andrew Wakefield has died.
Combining sharp wit with a generous soul, he was known to so many of us from different religious traditions, public bodies and the business world.
A parish priest in the Church of England, he was a frequent visitor to the Shree Ghanapathy Temple, Wimbledon Mosque, Wimbledon & District Synagogue, Baitul Futuh Mosque and many others. Ahead of his time, Andrew was instrumental in founding London Civic Forum, Faiths Forum for London and Merton Interfaith Forum and was honoured with a Doctorate from Roehampton University last year. Not shy of controversy, he was outspoken on social, political, theological and church issues and was a well-known figure in Merton and across south London.
Andrew opening the doors of his church for our #LondonIsOpen film to be shown during Inter Faith Week.
Andrew and his parish church feature in our #LondonIsOpen film and he was certainly an open doors kind of person.
As well as his longstanding solidarity with people from different religious traditions, he was a good friend to many and a champion of children and young people.