#LondonIsOpen film for Inter Faith Week

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.

Policing in London: consultations in each borough

police and crime planStop Press (9 Jan): Here is the draft Police and Crime Plan, the slides shown at the Lambeth consultation and the Consultation Draft, which gives details of how to provide feedback.  The deadline is 6th March.  Written responses are invited here.


Consultations come, consultations go.  This one is on policing and crime – and a roadshow is coming your way.

We’ve all attended public meetings or filled in a questionnaire.  Those of us who’ve done plenty of both may reckon it’s of little value unless

  • the conversations are with the right people (those in public agencies with strategic responsibility)
  • local communities have already had a chance to talk through what is working, what needs to change and why
  • there is a commitment to follow up the consultation and review progress

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime – MOPAC – says

“We want your views to help shape the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan which will be published in April 2013.

It will set out how we aim to reduce crime in the capital over the next four years and what the Met Police and other agencies are doing to tackle crime.”

mopac logoThere isn’t much time between the final consultation at City Hall on 28 February and the publication date to make any changes, but there will be a chance to see what is planned and to ask how local communities will be engaged over the next four years.

How will other agencies – eg the community safety team within each local council – be tackling crime and engaging local people?  How will your borough’s community police engagement group (CPEG) be involved?  Will there be a role for local faith forums?  There is a particular focus on engaging the victims of crime – how will young people and other victims be included?

“The MOPAC has a duty to consult communities on policing in London, including getting the views of people in the area.

It also has a new responsibility to include victims of crime on matters concerning their policing and to obtain their cooperation with police in preventing crime.”

Boroughs with a Hate Crime Forum will want to see how their work relates to the new policy.

Find your borough below (the link will take you to further details) and find your local CPEG from the map here.  Would it be useful to look at this at our next meeting?  Suggestions always welcome.

  • Barking & Dagenham Barking Learning Centre Thursday, 21 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Barnet Hendon Town Hall Monday, 14 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Bexley Council Chamber & Public Gallery Tuesday, 29 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Brent Sattavis Patidar Centre Thursday, 10 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Bromley Bromley Civic Centre Monday, 28 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Camden Camden Centre Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Croydon Croydon Conference Centre Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Ealing Ealing Town Hall Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Enfield Civic Centre Conference Room Monday, 14 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Final MOPAC consultation City Hall Thursday, 28 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:30
  • Greenwich King William Court, University of Greenwich Tuesday, 29 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Hackney Hackney Assembly Hall Thursday, 24 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Hammersmith & Fulham Hammersmith Town Hall Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Haringey Haringey Civic Centre Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Harrow Harrow Civic Centre Thursday, 10 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Havering Salvation Army Centre Thursday, 21 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Hillingdon Civic Hall in the Civic Centre Wednesday, 6 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Hounslow Lampton Park Conference Centre Wednesday, 6 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Islington Islington Assembly Hall Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Kensington & Chelsea Chelsea Town Hall Thursday, 31 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Kingston upon Thames Council Chamber Wednesday, 27 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Lambeth Electric Brixton Wednesday, 9 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Lewisham Civic Suite Monday, 28 January, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Merton Council Chamber Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Newham Stratford Old Town Hall Monday, 11 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Redbridge Redbridge Town Hall Monday, 11 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Richmond upon Thames Clarendon Hall Wednesday, 27 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Southwark City Hall Wednesday, 9 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Sutton Secombe Theatre Auditorium Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Tower Hamlets Skeel Lecture Theatre Thursday, 24 January, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Waltham Forest Waltham Forest Assembly Hall Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00
  • Wandsworth Public Halls Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 – 20:00 to 21:00
  • Westminster Salvation Army Thursday, 31 January, 2013 – 17:00 to 18:00

The first roadshows are on 9 January (Lambeth and Southwark) and the last (for everyone at City Hall), is on 28 February.

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.

Wednesday 3.30pm: London 2012 & Mayoral elections

Looking forward to excellent speakers and crunchy discussion/info-sharing at Wednesday’s meeting.  I’ve heard back from many LBFN folk – if you’d like to join us and haven’t been in touch, please let me know asap and I will send details.

LOCOG contacted LBFN late last year and we’re delighted that Sangita Patel, Community Relations Manager, will be with us with the latest London 2012 news, along with Chloe Smith, Lead Communications and Engagement Manager at Transport for London.  Together we’ll look at how to mitigate expected difficulties and how to bring the benefits of the Games to all our communities, particularly the marginalised and vulnerable.

With the Mayoral & London Assembly elections coming up on 3rd May, David Braniff-Herbert from Hope Not Hate and Peter Adams from Luton Council of Faiths will share their expertise on what’s to be expected from the far right.  Find some hustings guidance here.

It is the first time we’ve linked up with Faiths Forum for London – it’s been a pleasure working with Phil Rosenberg, Director, and Alex Goldberg, Co-Chair, and attending the pre-meeting with Hope Not Hate.

My only regret is that our meeting clashes with Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group’s Meeting God in Friend and Stranger, which takes place on the third Wednesday of each month – more information from John Woodhouse.

Invitation to Summit

LBFN members are all invited to the Faiths Forum for London and Mayor’s Inter Faith Initiative’s Summit on Tuesday 8th February at King’s College (Strand Campus – near the north end of Waterloo Bridge).  We are invited to a Breakfast Reception with a keynote speaker at 8.15am – 9.45am and the day proper will run from 10am to 5pm, concluding with an evening reception.

A special event comprising world class speakers, innovative organisations, and fresh approaches to communities, collaboration and cohesion.

A day when leaders, activists and innovators from the civic, private and public sector will meet to drive and debate the future of social change.

If you would like to attend, please contact Nora Nogradi at Faiths Forum for London and you will be sent a formal invitation.

Please pass this invitation to the Summit The Mayor of London Invites to any who may be interested and to those who may have further names to suggest for invitations.

This promises to be a good opportunity to find out more about FFL’s plans for the future and to learn more about the Mayor’s Inter Faith Initiative – see you there!

Faiths Forum for London launches website

Faiths Forum for London’s website has gone live, with a description of what it will be doing and some useful contact information, too.  LBFN brings together local faith-public sector practitioners across the London boroughs and we look forward to working closely with FFL in its complementary role.

“The Faiths Forum for London (FFL) has been developed to reflect the capital’s rich diversity of faith traditions.  It was established to bring together regional organizations and groups from the nine major faith communities in the capital, local interfaith and multi-faith groups and faith based organizations,  and to help foster engagement with public sector agencies.

The Faiths Forum for London provides a means of contact and channel of communication between London government bodies and faith communities; it facilitates the sharing of good practice between London’s Faith Groups; supports research on regional policy from the perspective of faith communities; and facilitates the development of social policy expertise and  networks.

FFL is a member of English Regional Faiths Forum Network and works in close co-operation with the Mayor’s Inter-Faith Initiative.  The nine faith communities represented on the Forum are from London’s Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, Jain and Zoroastrian communities.”

Regional faith forums have been started up across England & Wales over the last decade and some of us at LBFN have been around since the initial consultations, some years ago, for a London one – yes, you remember all those discussions and flipcharts :)

FFL was launched on March 15th this year at Westminster Central Hall.  The Forum is supported by the London Development Agency, has a council of 27 faith representatives from the nine main religions (see above) and is chaired by two people:

FFL is working closely with the Mayor’s Interfaith Initiative which was launched on 26th November at City Hall.  Francis Davis has been appointed Director of both FFL and the Mayor’s Interfaith Initiative.  Francis is a fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, and director of the Las Casas Institute.  Until recently he has been an advisor at the Department of Communities and Local Government.

A London-wide Summit is being planned for 8th February to which LBFN members will be invited.  More information about both will be available soon I expect, but in the meantime, please contact FFL direct if you would like an invitation.

You can contact FFL by email, on 020-7922 7971 and at 32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH.  You can also follow the Forum on Twitter http://twitter.com/FF4L.