Sophia Hubs – sustainable local development

Sophia-CourseGood friends of LBFN over the years, Jonathan Evens and Rosy Fairhurst, have been working to establish Sophia Hubs.  The first Hub is going live next month in north east London – sign up at

Jonathan writes,

Sophia Hubs are proud to offer you the Sophia Course, if you want to be part of the economic and social regeneration of Seven Kings & Newbury Park.

This free, practical and transformative course will support and nurture new social enterprises and entrepreneurs from the local community using: Existing skills of participants; Local assets and expertise; Specialists; and Resources and wisdom of local faith traditions.

Venue: St John the Evangelist, St Johns Road, Seven Kings, Essex IG2 7BB

Dates: September 10th, 12th, 17th and 24th at 2.00pm


September 12th, October 3rd, 10th and 17th at 7.30pm

For more information and to book your place, contact the Sophia Hubs team on 020 8598 1536 or We look forward to welcoming you!

Sophia Hubs are a network of local incubators for new businesses and social enterprises, using the wisdom and resources of the faith traditions, leading to sustainable social and economic development and change.”


Sophia Hubs job opportunity

sophia hubs logoAnother job opportunity in London, this time with Sophia Hubs.  Rev Jonathan Evens (Barking and Dagenham) and Rev Rosie Fairhurst (who used to be with the Grubb Institute) have attended LBFN meetings in the past and are leading this initiative.  Jon also writes a popular blog on religion and culture.

The deadline is Friday 21st June.   Download the job description here and the information sheet herePlease circulate to your networks.

Sophia Hubs are local centres which foster new social enterprises and businesses, harnessing the ageless principles of wisdom. We are seeking a talented Project Coordinator and Developer to set up and deliver a pilot Sophia Hub in Seven Kings and Newbury Park, thereby helping to take the Sophia Hubs project into its next phase of development and growth.

Applicants can apply by submitting their CV, a supporting statement explaining how their experience is right for this job and how they meet the person specification, and details of two referees.

Applications to be made by Friday 21st June 2013 to: Rev Jonathan Evens at or Sophia Hubs, c/o St John the Evangelist, St John’s Road, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex IG2 7BB.

Interview date: Friday 5th July 2013.