Invitation to LBFN Tuesday 20 January 3-5pm

We have a great line-up next week!  Thanks to everyone on the email list who has responded.  We’re looking forward to some excellent input and to hearing from local communities across London.

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Church Urban Fund, Church House, 27 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3AZ

Our programme includes

  • Near Neighbours Programme with Co-ordinators Becky Brookman & Revd Tim Clapton – bring your own thoughts on what is most needed locally.
  • Poverty & food banks with Rashid Laher (Kingston Inter Faith Forum) & Canon Steven Saxby (London Church Leaders) – what’s happening where you are?
  • General Election May 2015  How to run local hustings, with Revd Dr Alan Gadd (Faiths Together in Lambeth) – what are you planning in the lead-up to the election?
  • Reflection on the Paris attacks last week.  There have been some poignant messages of support and strong affirmations of solidarity – bring your local responses to share.

We are grateful to the Church Urban Fund for providing meeting space.  CUF helps some of England’s poorest and most marginalised people (regardless of religious tradition) transform their lives for the better.  CUF’s offices are based in the Church of England’s administrative HQ.

Let me know by Friday 16 January if you plan to join us (&/or if you’d like to be added to the email list).

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Upcoming events in & around Kingston

Rashid Laher and Dianne MahboubiInter-faith Forums / Faithfull Friends events, kindly circulated by Rashid Ali Laher (above left – Kingston IF Forum, Richmond IF Forum and South London Inter Faith Group).  Download full details here.

Saturday 11 October 2pm  Britain has a proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution, and civil society has been at the forefront in welcoming and supporting refugees. Meet at All Saints Church Kingston. Walk with Sukkah, a ceremonial tent to mark the Jewish festival of Sukkot ~ highlighting the need to resettle refugees in communities not camps ~ details http://www.unhcr.org/542abbc16.html.

Monday 13 October ~ 1000-1600hrs ~ MILAAP Multi-Cultural Centre, Kingston.  Dr Chris Hewer (www.chrishewer.org) Study Day: “What is it to be a Woman? Focus on Islam”. Contact Diana Mills 020 8948 3276 dianamills@phonecoop.coop

Saturday 18 October ~ 1830 hrs Annual Gala Evening, Claremont Fan Court School, ESHER – an evening of “Foods & Performances” from diverse cultures. www.elmbridgemultifaith.org.uk Contact GeoffreyMorriss@emas-bc.co.uk 01932 868454.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 October ~ Hunger for Justice Weekend acting and praying for our climate. Invite your MP along and challenge them to act on climate change ~ Register your Church via website: www.christianaid.org.uk

Tuesday 4 November ~ “Faith Schools Should Not Be A Part of State Education” at 2000hrs ~ South Farnham School, Menin Way FARNHAM GU9 8DY ~ College Principal, 2 School Heads & CE British Humanist Society www.farnham.humanist.org.uk 01252 726684

Saturday 15 November ~ 1900 Hrs ~ “Concert in Aid of the Kingston Food Bank” at Saint Thomas Aquinas RC Church, Ham Street RICHMOND TW10 7HT ~ Tickets £5 per head ~ RashidAli Laher 020 8541 1330 rai.laher@blueyonder.co.uk

LAST THURSDAY most months (30 OCT, 27 NOV & 18 DEC) ~ Open Lunch Time Meetings South London Inter Faith Group at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU.  Vegetarian Lunch 12.30pm followed at 1pm to 2pm ~ an opportunity to share Inter Faith news and experiences, and to discuss matters of concern to SLIFG.  Contact Reverend Alan Gadd ~ membership@southlondoninterfaith.org.uk.

Reflections from Sunday 14 September ~ Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames “Heritage Open Day” Inter Faith Walk ~ memorable day, worth remembering things to do and advance the need to sustain local volunteers, supporting the growing needs of the vulnerable living amongst us:
• Street Pastors in Kingston ~ www.kingston.streetpastors.org.uk
• Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness ~ www.kcah.org.uk
• Kingston Kaleidoscope Project ~ www.kaleidoscopeproject.org.uk
• Kingston Foodbank ~ Trussell Trust ~ www.kingston.foodbank.org.uk
• Kingston WelCare ~ Making Families Stronger ~ welcarekingston.org.uk
• Oxygen Kingston ~ Young Persons resources for Youth work ~ www.yfc.co.uk
• Joel Community Trust ~ New Centre for Homeless ~ www.joelcommunitytrust.org.uk
• Kingston Quakers:- Kingston’s first EcoFriendly Meeting Place www.kingstonquakers.org

Mental Health & Poverty | 26 March | Islington Faiths Forum

IFF best practiceIslington Faiths Forum is holding a best practice conference on Wednesday 26 March 9.30am – 3.30pm at Islington Town Hall. The topic is one which affects many in our communities: mental health and poverty.  The day will be practical, informative and inspiring.  If you are interested in developing and supporting work in your own borough on poverty and mental health, IFF would be happy to hear from you.

IFF’s events always bring a wide range of people together from local religious communities, from public agencies and from academic and research bodies. Participation is free and lunch is included.

Download the programme and flyer to pass on to your networks and apply to Roz Miller rosalind.miller8@btinternet.com if you would like to attend.  Roz will also be saying a few words at our next LBFN meeting on 11 March.

Upcoming events

London 2014 rThere’s plenty on in London to get 2014 off to a great start!

20 January 9.30am – 4.10pm  A Conversation about Conflict exploring the faith influences that can be used to tackle difficult issues in a community setting.  St Ethelburga’s and Christian Muslim Forum are co-facilitating the workshop at 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  Details here.

  • Could your faith community improve the way it responds to conflict?
  • Are you interested in bringing the principles and practices of your faith into your responses to conflict?
  • Are you interested in sharing your faith practices across faiths and learning from each other?

22 January 10am-12pm Together in Service funding briefing at Bethnal Green Mission Church, 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  There’s also a chance to talk to the TiS team individually about potential projects.  Details here.

22 January 6.30-8pm  Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable – talk by Prof Amartya Sen at LSE . The talk will be live-streamed on LSE’s website and a podcast made available. Details here.

27 January  Holocaust Memorial Day events have been been organised by many London boroughs in cooperation with local religious communities, including Barnet, Lewisham, Haringey, Southwark, Greenwich, Croydon, Brent, Lambeth, Hounslow and Havering.  Details of all London events here.

27 January 5.30pm European Parliament training event with Faiths Forum for London at Europe House, Smith Square, W1.  The aim is to engage with citizens and faith groups to raise awareness of the issues and debates taking place in European Parliament and how citizens can get involved the decision making. Details here.

South London Inter Faith Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30-2pm at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Roupell Park Estate, Redland Way, SW2 3LU.  Next meeting 30 JanuaryDetails here.

4 February 6pm The Dialogue Society Book Group Meeting 5: A Distant Shore, by Caryl Phillips The Dialogue Society, 402 Holloway Road, N7 6PZ.  Details here.

Westminster Faith Debates are back with a new series, on global religious trends, at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET at 5.30pm, including on 12 February What is driving sectarian violence in the wake of the Arab spring? and on 12 March Are attempts to promote worldwide religious freedom naive or necessary?  Details here.

18 February Women in the 21st Century conference at Queen Mary University, London E1 4NS with a wide range of speakers and workshops (£40). Details here.

Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group meets next to the Cathedral in Victoria on the third Wednesday of the month at 4pm.  Upcoming speakers include Hugo Clarke (Curzon Institute) on World War 1 (19  February), Raheed Salam, faith and interfaith consultant for NCVYS (19 March).  Details here.

11 March 3-5pm  London Boroughs Faiths Network meeting at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, SW1E 5DU.  We are also planning two focused meetings on health and on young Londoners.

Goldsmiths’ Faiths and Civil Society Unit has a series on Faith in the Public Realm, including How do governments do God?  Warwick Hawkins MBE, Head of Faith Communities Engagement, Department for Communities and Local Government
12 March at 5pm.  Near Neighbours – can Christians do public faith for everyone? Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons in British Islam, 14 May at 5pm.  Details here.

15 March  God and Government Conference with Theos, covering welfare, religious freedom, multiculturalism, and education among others.  Details here.

Research Project on Attitudes to Self-Sacrificial Death for National and/or Religious Motives.  Prof John Wolffe (Professor of Religious History, The Open University) is interested to hear from anyone from a Catholic, Protestant or Muslim background who would like to take part in this study by being interviewed.  “In the run-up to the centenaries of the outbreak of the First World War (August 1914), of the Easter Rising in Dublin (April 1916) and of the Battle of the Somme (July 1916), we are developing a historical and contemporary study of British and Irish views on martyrdom and sacrificial death. We are interested not only in perceptions of events a century ago, but also in the way casualties have been regarded in events within living memory such as the Falklands War of 1982, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and IRA attacks in the mainland UK in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. We are also exploring more contemporary examples, notably reactions to the 9/11 and 7/7 bombings, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the ‘Arab Spring’.”  Details here.

Mental health and poverty | Islington Faiths Forum

IFF-mental-health-flyer-v2 (2)Islington Faiths Forum is working with Islington Public Health and London Catalyst and invites us all to this excellent event on Wednesday 20th March 9.30am – 3.30pm entitled Best Pratice and Networking Conference: Mental Health and Poverty.

Details are on the flyer above and programme, which is downloadable from the IFF website.  Contact Roz Miller if you would like to attend.

Networking across Europe? ENORB meets in Brussels 13-14 November

Are you interested in exchanges and visits with intercultural groups across Europe 2013-14?

The ENORB meeting next month (13-14 November) will be looking at proposals and ideas, so make sure yours are included!

LBFN will be leading this workshop – so let me know if you cannot attend but would like to explore exchange possibilities.

The main topic of the meeting is the economic crisis in Europe.  Excellent speakers with grassroots experience and economic expertise will lead a roundtable discussion.

The event is free (contributions towards meals welcome).  Register at Eventbrite to secure your place.  The last seminar was very popular, with an impressive turnout from London, so early booking is recommended.

Download the programme and invitation.  Eurostar is usually the cheapest way for individuals to travel to Brussels.  Simple accommodation at ICA (around €50) is first-come, first-served, so please let me know if you would like to book a room.

Guest post: How much change can you get from £1?

A warm welcome to Charlotte Dando, who’s been working with local religious leaders in London – see if you recognise any faces in the film!  Over to Charlotte ..

How much change can you get from £1?

That’s the question we’ve been asking faith communities throughout London. Congregations, interfaith groups and individuals of faith are being challenged to sign-up for the Live Below the Line campaign and manage on just £1 of food and drink per day for 5 days to raise funds and awareness of the 1.4 billion people around the world who live below the poverty line every day.

As a Faiths Act Fellow on a yearlong multifaith social action programme at the Battersea based charity Malaria No More UK, together with my partner Fellow Usman Nawaz, we recently cooked up a low budget lunch and served it to guests from seven different faith traditions.

The lunch was held at the National Bahá’í Centre in Knightsbridge and guests included Rev. Rosemarie Mallett of St. John’s Angell Town in Brixton, Chazzan Jermey Burko from New North London Synagogue and Sheena Napier, of the London Buddhist Vihara.

Watch the interfaith discussion on faith, food, poverty and malaria and learn more about this multifaith campaign.

Contact charlotte.dando@malarianomore.org.uk for more information.