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.

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What’s On: prayers for peace| funday | lunch | lectures | religious history

Seven invitations – two of them are for tomorrow.

Ismail SerageldinWednesday 29th May at 5.30pm: Lecture by Dr Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, Memory, Culture and Hope: Reinventing Relations between the West and the Muslims, followed by a reception. The Drama Studio, Institute of Education (Main Building), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. Download invitation here.  Please register at administration@egyptculture.org.uk.

Wednesday 29th May at 6.30pm: Kensington and Chelsea Forum of Faiths: Inter Faith Prayers following the murder in Woolwich at Al Manaar, Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road W10 5YG.  Contact Revd James Mather.

Thursday 30th May at 12.30pm: South London Inter Faith Group Lunch at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, Roupell Park Estate, Brixton Hill, SW2 3LU. As usual, a vegetarian lunch will be served at 12.30pm. Contact SLIFG at membership@southlondoninterfaith.org.uk.

Muslims-Multiculturalism-SOAS-2013Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June: SOAS, University of London, Conference, Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust: New Directions.  To consider the potential offered by lived experience and creative visions of intercultural exchange to offer new ways of envisaging multicultural experience.  Speakers include Rehana Ahmed, Valerie Amiraux, Claire Chambers, Sohail Daulatzai, Rumy Hasan, Salah Hassan, Tony Laden, Alana Lentin, Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood, Anshuman Mondal, Peter Morey, Stephen Morton, Jorgen Nielsen, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Amina Yaqin.

Friday 7th June at 6.30pm:  The 2013 WPCT Lecture will be given by the German Ambassador, H.E. Georg Boomgarden, Valuing Europe beyond economics: what binds us together? at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU.  Contact Win Burton.

BATCASaturday 8th June 12-5pmBATCA Funday in Broadwater Road, Tooting, London SW17.  Anglican church and Muslim school combine to provide fantastic afternoon of fun “Celebrating Life Together”. Attractions appeal to all including inflatables, fairground rides, clowns, sideshows, animals to pet from Kingston City Farm, arts and crafts workshops, sports, stalls run by craftspeople and stalls run by local voluntary and community organisations. Multicultural food will be on sale throughout the day. The road space will be closed to traffic and filled with attractions and stalls.  Contact Kate Allan.

Friday 14th June 12-4pm: Exploring Religious History in Wandsworth, with the Open University.  Balham Baptist Church, 21 Ramsden Road, London SW12 8QX.  Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and the OU’s Building on History team invite you to explore the religious history of the area and to discuss a prospective local religious history project. Contact Nadeene Morris.

Inter Faith Walks 2012: City Hall meeting + £100

Here is an invitation to City Hall on Tuesday 15th May at 6.30pm from South London Inter Faith Group.SLIFG has helped local groups organise inter faith walks for many years.  They’re a great way for local people from different religious and other traditions to meet each other, visit local communities and learn from our neighbours.

This Olympic year (and the walks will be part of the Olympic Truce) they are inviting all the London boroughs to walk on the same weekend – 14th or 15th July.  What’s more, they are offering £100 to each participating borough** Ooops, in fact £100 only available for South London boroughs – thank you Sarah for correcting me.

Organising walks means working in partnership with the local police; your local borough commander may like to match SLIFG’s donation.

Come along to find out more, receive your cheque and meet everyone else.  To register, email SLIFG.

What’s On

There’s plenty on in London over the next few weeks for LBFN folk – please use the comment box to add your own suggestions.

Image: Hajj certificate (detail). 17th–18th century AD. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust).

Hajj – journey to the heart of Islam opens at the British Museum, WC1, today (until 15th April) to favourable reviews and previews.  £12 (free to members).

There’s an invitation for pilgrims to add their most vivid memory of Hajj on the British Museum website – some Londoners have already contributed.

The synagogues of Britain: an architectural and social heritage.  Talk by Sharman Kadish at Chadwick Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, WC1.  Monday 27th February, 6.15pm.  Free.

Faith Debates from the Religion and Society Research Programme at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET at 5.30 – 7pm.  Free: register with p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk.

After the Riots – from blame to positive action, a one-day forum to understand different perspectives on the underlying civic, moral, political and social perspectives, organised by Initiatives of Change, The Cordoba Foundation and Civil Society Forum on Wednesday, 1st February 10am – 5pm at Initiatives of Change Centre, 24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD.  Speakers include Dr Peter Selby. Free: download a registration form here and send to esther.ridsdale@tocollaborate.org or dondes@uk.iofc.org.

Roots and Rise of Islamophobia in Europe  Saturday 4th February 1.15pm, Finsbury Park Mosque, 7–11 St Thomas’s Rd, N4 2QH.  Free: register with info@enoughcoalition.org.uk.

Together Thursday 2nd February at 6pm – talk by Richard Sennett at RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.  Living with people who differ – racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically – is one of the most difficult challenges facing us today.  It requires more than goodwill: it requires skill. Free: register here.

2012 Inter Faith Walks – a special meeting with South London Inter Faith Group on Thursday 8th February 6.30-8pm (including hot vegetarian meal) at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1.  Get tips on organising a walk in your own borough during the weekend of 14th – 15th July, bringing together people from many different religious traditions.  Upload your invitation here.

Reclaiming London Together – a meeting to promote collaboration for London’s young people after the 2011 disturbances, organised by Faiths Forum for London with the Fayre Share Foundation on Monday 5th March.  £15 each (under 24s free), with Boris Johnson, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Rt Revd Christopher Chessun.

Religion, Civil Religion and the Common Good  Conference at London Metropolitan University, 20th-21st June.  £60 (£35 for one day).  Papers invited.  Contributors include Dr Patrick Riordan, S.J., Heythrop College, University of London.

Inter Faith Network for the UK – the latest newsletter is packed with information.

Holocaust Memorial Day is being marked across London this week and over the weekend – see the list of borough events.

Every borough in London – 2012 Inter Faith Walks

Poster for South London Inter Faith Group's 2011 Walk

A special invitation has been received by LBFN to join South London Inter Faith Group on Wednesday 8th February 6.30-8pm (includes a hot vegetarian meal) at Southwark Cathedral Education Centre, London Bridge, SE1 to find out about this year’s Inter Faith Walks.

Sarah Thorley and Rashid Laher will be there to share tips and know-how from past walks (see left).

Is there a walk planned for your own borough during the weekend of 14th – 15th July?  If not, why not organise one?

It’s a great way of bringing together people from many different religious & belief traditions.  They might not have had the chance to meet or to visit their local places of worship and practice.  The hospitality given and received on these occasions is seldom forgotten.

LBFN is supporting SLIFG in encouraging every borough in London to take part on the same weekend of this special Olympic and Paralympic year.  Lots of help is at hand – come along and find out more.

Upload your invitation here and read Sarah’s second letter to us all here.

Let LBFN &/or Sarah know if you plan to be there or would like some more information.