Faith to Engage | Thursday 9th May

Next LBFN meeting: Thursday 9th May 9.30 for 10am – 12.30pm

Thank you to everyone who has been saving the date for LBFN’s next meeting.  We are happy to be joining up with the Faith to Engage team, the London Churches Group for Social Action, Faithworks and Faiths Forum for London – quite a crowd!

Coffee will be served from 9.30am for a 10am start at Robert Perks Room, Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, SW1H 9NH.

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We will be hearing about the national Faith to Engage project (which works to strengthen the voice of churches and faith groups in policy-making across the nine English regions) as well as the results of the London survey “Better Off Without Them? Report of a pilot study into the proportion of voluntary sector welfare projects organised by churches and other faiths.”  As well as our own responses, we will hear from LVSC and local organisations.

Bring your latest publications and information

We will have less time than usual for information sharing, but a great opportunity to exchange news informally in a beautiful spacious room.  I have asked for tables for our latest publications, leaflets and information to display.  If you’d like to bring material, please arrive by 9.30am (& let me know in advance if possible).

Lunch

The meeting will end with a buffet lunch at 12.30pm, a treat from London’s Faith to Engage team, to which everyone is warmly invited!

Next meeting

We hope to meet on Thursday 13th June in the late afternoon/early evening in Waterloo, SE1 – possibly outside if the weather has turned summery.  Please save the date and let me know asap if it is unsuitable for you.

Many apologies to those who are attending the Inter Faith Network for the UK consultation in Reading next Thursday or at the Christian Muslim Forum in Hackney to discuss community-building.  I’m afraid I didn’t know about these when making our arrangements.  There’s a lot happening in this part of the country!

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Mayoral and GLA hustings

Hustings at St James's Church, Piccadilly, organised by London Churches Group for Social Action, Evangelical Alliance and Faith to Engage on 18th April at 6pm.

There are at least three hustings open to the public and hosted by religious or multifaith groups taking place in the lead up to the elections on Thursday 3rd May.  Leave a comment if you know of others – particularly local events.

Mayoral Candidates Boris Johnson, Ken Livingston, Brian Paddick & Jenny Jones at The Gourmet Theatre, Ruach Ministries, 197-199 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7HY on Thursday 12th April at 6pm, organised by Operation Black Vote.

GLA Candidates Jonathan Bartley, Rob Blackie, Michael Mitchell and Val Shawcross at Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, Sw9 7PH on Tuesday 17th April at 5.30 for 6pm, organised by Faiths Together in Clapham.

Mayoral Candidates Boris Johnson, Ken Livingston, Brian Paddick & Jenny Jones at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL on Wednesday 18th April 6-8pm, organised by London Churches Group, Evangelical Alliance and Faith to Engage.