Jewish Museum Brussels

Several LBFN friends have visited Brussels to contribute to meetings of the European Network on Religion & Belief.  The shootings over the weekend at the Jewish Museum there, on the eve of national and EU elections, have made distressing news.

The League of Muslims in Belgium has issued a statement condemning the killing of innocent people.  ENORB has an English translation of the LMB statement on its website.  CEJI – a Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe – has also responded with an article on Anti-Semitism and the Future of Europe outlining recommended actions.  Karim Chemlal (LMB) and Robin Sclafani (CEJI) are both members of ENORB and will be participating in the AGM on 17-18 June in Brussels, which will include a reflection on the results of the EU elections and their impact on religion and belief communities across the continent.


Three invitations to Europe-related events:

The third of Faith Forum for London‘s EP Election hustings takes place this evening at 6.30pm-8pm at the Al-Khoei Foundation, Chevening Road, Brent NW6 6TN.  Confirmed speakers include Jonathan Fryer (Lib Dem), Glyn Chambers (Conservatives), Claude Moraes MEP (Labour) & Shahrar Ali (Green Party).

europehouse-mediumEurope House (where LBFN held its 10th anniversary last November) is hosting a panel discussion on the results of the election and the implications for Britain and Europe on Thursday 29 May 5-6.45pm. Register here.

The European Network on Religion & Belief, which LBFN has been instrumental in setting up, holds its second AGM on 17-18 June in Brussels.  The event is free of charge – register & find full details here.  There are excellent speakers (including Matthew Goodwin of Nottingham University), themed workshops, an opportunity to meet others from across Europe, social visits (including the European Parliament), shared meals and a discussion of the impact of the EP 2014 elections.  Several LBFN members have made the trip to Brussels over the past three years – catch a train and join in!

Arts Event PosterSTOP PRESS – Journey into Europe

One more Europe-related event, Sunday 18 May 5.15pm, a joint event supported by Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue at Universal Peace Federation, 43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA.

Prof Akbar Ahmed will introduce his new research on Muslim Culture in Europe, Journey Into Europe, with British Muslim artists & musicians from Rumi’s Cave.