Upcoming events

Peace Cafe 20 April 6pm MediaHustings and other election events (some of them this week) are listed here.

Monday 20 April 10am-4pm  Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network CoProduction Research Conference, Springfield Hospital, Tooting, SW17 7DJ

Monday 20 April 5.30pm – 7.30pm Peace Café at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.  Topic this month is “the media, peace and social justice“. Bring a little food to share.

Wednesday 20 April – last day to register to vote in the General Election.  Download Westminster Faith Exchange’s briefing here.

Wednesday 22 April 9am – 10.30am  Security Briefing at New Scotland Yard for places of worship and religious & belief communities.

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Immigrant Diaries at Southbank Centre

Wednesday 22 April 6pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop at the Khalsa Centre, 95 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TW.

Friday 24 April 8.30pm Immigrant Diaries “Statistics don’t tell the story of immigrants; people do.” Guest comedians and entertainers share their stories of immigration at the Southbank Centre, SE1. £10.

Saturday 25 April 10am – 2pm Southwark Multifaith Health & Environment event at Southwark Carers, Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN,  to learn more about plant based living.

Woven Threads & Torn Fabric

Woven Threads and Torn Fabrics

Sunday 26 April 4pm Woven Threads & Torn Fabric: the story of Yosef & Zuleikha.  A Jewish-Muslim telling of the Joseph story at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG. £10. www.woventhreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 29 April 2:30pm Faithful Friends (Richmond upon Thames) ‘What is Humanism and the Changing Religion and Belief Landscape in Britain‘ Talk by Jeremy Rodell in Room 2008, second floor, John Galsworthy Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Rd Campus.

Near Neighbours invite Hammersmith and Fulham

Near Neighbours funding workshop on Friday 1 May 3pm in Hammersmith & Fulham

Friday 1 May 3pm – 4.30pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop in Hammersmith & Fulham at St Andrew’s Church, Greyhound Road, London W14 9SA.  Download flyer here .

Tuesday 5 May 6.30pm Pre-election Frontline Film Club (18-30s), focusing on hot topics from the election campaign at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.

Friday 8 May 10am Beyond Collaboration: co-creating the new at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. £48.

Sunday 10 May 9.30am – 4.30pm Repairing the Earth: A Jewish Muslim ResponseAn-Nisa Society in partnership with the Leo Baeck College invites Muslims and Jews to a text-based workshop.  £30.  Details and registration here.

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Diary of a Hounslow Girl 3-6 June Oval House Theatre, Lambeth

Sunday 10 May 8pm Council of Christians and Jews presents Nostra Aetate: More Sentiment Than Substance? at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET.

Wednesday 20 May 4pm Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group at the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1. Sally Reith of Shared Interest on investing in a fairer world.

Thursday 28 May Camden’s Bridge The Gap, a new designated day to bring people together.

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 June New drama by Ambreen Razia Diary of a Hounslow Girl at Oval House Theatre, Kennington, Lambeth.

Saturday 6 June 10am – 4pm Hounslow Friends of Faith Walk of Peace and Friendship.

Lambeth, Croydon & Wandsworth – evening with Near Neighbours

Tooting Near Neighbours 23 MarchJoin Becky Brookman, the West (& South West) London coordinator for the Near Neighbours Programme, in Tooting (Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW, nearest tube Tooting Broadway) on Monday 23 March 6.15pm – 8pm.  Download the flyer here.  Hot food provided!

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network, Faiths Together in Lambeth and the South London Interfaith Group are teaming up for a relaxed but engaging evening, talking about our local communities, how we can work together, sharing insights & knowledge, equipping and enabling us to transform our neighbourhoods.  The evening is especially tailored for the eligible areas in south London boroughs – all are welcome.

Becky will be giving us more information about Near Neighbours, the free training available, tips on filling in the forms and ideas on partnership and joint working.

Please pass the invitation on to those who may be interested.  Let LBFN’s convener know if you’re hoping to come along, or contact Nadeene directly at WCEN nadeene@wcen.org.uk.

Near Neighbours launches in Wandsworth and Brent

Wandsworth NN launch 10 NovPhase Two of the Near Neighbours Programme (grants of £250 to £5,000 for local groups to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities) is launching in Wandsworth at 2-4pm on Monday 10 November at the Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU and in Brent at 2-4pm on Tuesday 18 November at Brent Civic Centre, Wembley, HA9 0FJ.

Becky Brookman, the Near Neighbours Co-ordinator for West London and parts of South London, is inviting all local religious and community organisations to attend the launches.

Let her know if you are hoping to attend by ringing  07837 936 957 or emailing beckyb@kingscentresouthall.org.uk.

Near Neighbours – additional boroughs

Near Neighbours areas

Areas of London eligible for funding under the expanded Near Neighbours programme.  Contact coordinators Becky or Tim (see Borough by Borough page) for details.

The Near Neighbours programme has expanded into more boroughs.  It offers small grants (£250 – £5,000) to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across different religious traditions & ethnicities in order to improve our communities.

Check whether areas of your borough are included and contact Becky (West and South London) or Tim (East and South East London) if you’d like more information or would like to talk over an idea.

Launch events for the new boroughs are planned and we hope Becky & Tim will join us at LBFN before long to tell us more.

Integration & locally-led action

iCoCo asks us to save the date 23rd April for an event in central London –

At Ease With Each Other

“A major opportunity to discuss cohesion and integration in the UK; with Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP, Ben Page, David Goodhart, Ted Cantle and others.”

This follows the publication by the Department for Communities and Local Government of Creating the Conditions for Integration last month.  The document sets out the government’s approach to integration.  Discrimination and hate crime against Muslims and Jews are mentioned, as well as the positive role that the Faith-based Regeneration Network, the Near Neighbours Programme and the Inter Faith Network for the UK are playing.  The promotion of economic regeneration by local authorities is encouraged, with a caution against the implicit endorsement of divisive groups by engagement or the use of public buildings.

The document places an emphasis on the role of local community groups and ‘locally-led action’.  It says,

‘Our new approach is focused on how we create the conditions for integration to happen. Instead of large-scale, centrally led and funded programmes, we want to inspire and enable civil society and local areas to take action on integration issues that are important to them.’

Shall we discuss this at our next meeting?  Who might be interested to hear the views of local multifaith groups?  Who would you like to hear speak?