Inter Faith Network news | International Day of Peace

IFN logoHere is the Inter Faith Network’s August bulletin, which includes plenty of local news & opportunities in London, including

  • World Congress of Faiths’ annual Younghusband Lecture (19 August)
  • South London Inter Faith Group’s lunch (29 August)
  • Faiths Together in Lambeth interfaith walk (7 September)
  • Westminster Cathedral Inter Faith Group visit to the Jain Temple in Potters Bar (10 September)
  • Churches Together in Britain & Ireland conference on 12 September
  • Ride & Stride (Heritage of London) on 14 September
  • European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage15-29 September
  • Hounslow Friends of Faith women’s discussion on wealth on 25 September
  • Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe and the School for Oriental & African Studies’ exhibition The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination from 11 October
  • One World Week 20-27 October
  • Mitzvah Day 17 November
  • Inter Faith Week 17-23 November
  • and opportunities at 3FF and MUJU

There are also items on Multi Faith Spaces and the International Day of Peace.

Remember to keep 6 November 4pm free for LBFN’s theology for practitioners event on Multi Faith Spaces.

Plans for peace-building activities on 20 & 21 September are gathering pace, building on the pioneering Olympic Truce work of the London Peace Network last year.

If your local mosque (on Friday 20 September) or synagogue (on Saturday 21 September, which falls within the Feast of Sukkot) would like to take part this year, inviting in visitors to share messages of peace, please contact LBFN. Equally, if you would like an invitation to a mosque or synagogue in your borough on those days, please let us, or your local faith forum, know.  Flights for Peace across the Thames are also a possibility . .

September 21st falls in a Sunday next year, so it will be the churches’ opportunity to open their doors.  Sermon notes for all three religious traditions are being prepared this year.

If you are planning activities which are open to people across London, just let LBFN know and they will be added to the blog.

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Join in the International Day of Peace | Friday 21 September

Make a difference this year – join together to mark the International Day of Peace on 21st September!

The London Peace Network, co-ordinated by LBFN, has been working on something special.   Download the flyer here.

The UN’s International Day of Peace, which is marked each year on 21 September, falls on a Friday this year.

Local Islamic centres across the UK and overseas will be coming together as usual for Friday Prayers (Salaatul-Jamu’a).  This year, they will also be leading their local communities in marking the International Day of Peace.

They are inviting visitors to join them during or after Friday Prayers to exchange messages of peace, to celebrate local peace-building activities and to enjoy the hospitality offered.

Local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras and community organisations are invited to observe the day by accepting these invitations.

Some Islamic centres in the UK are pairing up with a nearby church, religious community or school and linking their observance of the International Day of Peace to similar pairs overseas.  The growing list includes centres in:

Bosnia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Nigeria, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, India, USA, Iraq, Ghana and Lebanon.

The following Muslim leaders invite you to take part in marking the International Day of Peace this year:

Yousif Al-Khoei OBE, Al-Khoei Islamic CentreDilowar Khan, East London Mosque and London Muslim CentreProfessor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Organisation of Islamic CooperationDr Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Maulana Sarfraz Madni, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board
Farooq Murad, Muslim Council of Britain
Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Majlis-e-Ulama Europe
Anas Altikriti, The Cordoba Foundation

Dr Ahnad Al-Dubayan, The London Central Mosque and the Islamic Cultural Centre

You will find messages of peace from nine of the world religions on the flyer. Peace One Day, which works each year for a Global Truce, will be live-streaming some of the activities during the day and featuring them at their Peace Concert that evening.

If you would like to participate – by inviting visitors to your local Islamic centre or by receiving an invitation to visit – please get in touch.  All participants will be acknowledged and we’ll be celebrating all the activities later in the year.