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.

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Building on History | local religious groups in London working with the Open University

The Building on History project looks at how learning from the past can help us work towards a better future.

We’ll be hearing from the OU’s Gavin Moorhead and John Maiden at our meeting tomorrow.  This video clip mentions Croydon Mosque and includes Malik Gul of Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network.

Building on History: Religion in London

This looks worthwhile – looking at (or negotiating, maybe) our histories and heritages in London.   At the moment the project involves churches, mosques and synagogues in London, but it probably has the potential to include other religious and humanistic traditions.  This is what the website says:

Building on History: Religion in London is an innovative project which aims to work alongside London’s communities and faith groups to assist them in exploring and understanding their religious histories and heritages.

The Open University and Royal Holloway are working together and inviting those with an interest to public events.  Visit their blog, which has details.  The next two events are:

Engaging with the past to inform the present: The Roman Catholic Church in London
The Hinsley Room, Westminster Cathedral, Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW.
1 – 4pm on Wednesday 28th November 2012
Details: Roman Catholic public seminar – 28th November 2012 

Engaging with the past to inform the present: the Muslim community of London
Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre, 525 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6AR
12.30 – 5.00pm on Saturday 1st December 2012
Details: Muslim public seminar – 1st December 2012

There is also a workshop planned for the afternoon of 10th January.

LBFN met at the Open University in Camden when Dr Haider Ali was researching how religious communities work with the NHS to co-design health services.

The story of how local religious and multifaith groups have (and haven’t) interacted with government and public sector bodies for the benefit of the wider community is something we will be exploring during our tenth anniversary year, 2013.