If you are going to the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre. SE1, on Sunday 9 March, come along to the Women and Faith session at 1pm.
Jude Kelly (Festival Director) says the WOW Festival “celebrates everything girls and women are doing to change the world for the better”.
WOW has been liaising with the Women’s Interfaith Network to put together an excellent panel of speakers which includes Dina Brawer from the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the Church of England’s Reverend Sally Hitchiner, Polly Harrar, founder of The Sharan Project, Hudda K and Sofia Niazi from OOMK, with Catriona Robertson, convener of LBFN, chairing the session.
Here’s the trailer.
Redbridge Faith Forum has published an action-packed programme for the year, which includes wellbeing walks, a talent show, Walk of Peace, interfaith quiz and an open forum with Street Pastors.
Download it here and if you have something similar for your borough, send it in!
Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council and sponsored by HSBC, has produced a handy Faith Calendar 2014. It includes significant dates from thirteen religious traditions and will be useful throughout the year. Download it here.
The Women’s Interfaith Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary and International Women’s Day with an art exhibition in the Galleries at the OXO Tower Wharf on 20- 30 March.
The artworks on display have been selected from nearly 1,500 submissions from women across the world, including Tracey Emin. Curator Rosalind Parker (of the Meridian Institute for Culture and Dialogue & previously involved in 3FF’s Urban Dialogues exhibition) says, “This is a platform for female artists, both established and emerging, to engage in discussion of gender, faith and spirituality.”
Women from communities across London will find this an exciting event.
“My Great Great Grandfather was a slave in the Ottoman Empire.
My Father was a Turkish Cypriot. He was a Muslim who grew up in a Greek village and spoke Turkish with a Greek accent.
My Mother is British. She grew up in London’s East End. She comes from a family of long time Gypsies.
Me – I am an international artist. I exhibit all over the world.
I am very happy to take part in this Exhibition.”
There’s also a Voices of Womanhood Festival Day (£15 for a day ticket) with an eclectic programme of films, speakers and panels on Sunday 23rd March 11am – 9pm at the Roxy Bar and Screen, 128 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB.
Download the flyer for details and book your place by emailing Marion Waruguru at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Islington 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 email@example.com if you would like to attend. Roz will also be saying a few words at our next LBFN meeting on 11 March.
Many of us are either the initiators or on the receiving end of engagement or outreach activities by local public sector organisations. We build relationships and often work in partnership with our local council, police service, NHS, fire service and others.
Participation Now is part of the Open University’s online presence and is calling for short contributions on the subject.
“To kick-start a debate about the aims and effects of contemporary participatory public engagement initiatives, we invite short, blog-post style contributions (250-1000 words) from people who are interested or involved in this area. Contributions may address one or more of the following questions:
What can be achieved through participation and public engagement activities? How can such aims be met? What, for you, counts as ‘success’ ? . . . “
Find out how to contribute here.
MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) has announced the first 15 dates for this year’s borough roadshows. The Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime will be visiting each borough to update local communities on progress and to answer questions. See the dates below and follow the links – places are on a first come, first served basis. Roadshows in the remaining boroughs will take place this autumn.
- Southwark Thursday, 30 January, 18:30
- Westminster Wednesday, 5 February, 18:30
- Hackney Thursday, 6 February, 18:30
- Lambeth Tuesday, 11 February, 18:30
- Tower Hamlets Thursday, 13February, 19:00
- Bexley Tuesday, 25 February, 18:30
- Barnet Wednesday, 26 February, 18:30
- Havering Thursday, 27 February, 18:30
- Islington Tuesday, 4 March, 18:30
- Hillingdon Wednesday, 5 March, 18:30
- Camden Thursday, 6 March, 18:30
- Hammersmith & Fulham Tuesday, 11 March, 18:30
- Kensington & Chelsea Thursday, 13 March, 18:30
- Sutton Thursday, 20 March, 18:30
- Haringey Thursday, 27 March, 18:30
Following the verdict on the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan in Haringey, the appointment of an ‘Engagement Tzar’ was announced by the Metropolitan Police at the Home Affairs Select Committee. LBFN has been told that the name of the officer appointed won’t be released until a framework for this work is agreed.
Faith Forum for London’s conference last April on policing included several workshops on diversifying the police service in London and on improving local relationships. A change in policy on borough-based community-police engagement groups has led to concerns that engagement and partnership work will become more difficult, both for the police and for local communities. LBFN co-facilitated one of the conference workshops, many LBFN members attended and it remains a topic of interest. London Churches Social Action Network is discussing engagement with the police at its next meeting – contact Canon Steven Saxby if you’d like to attend.
One of last week’s Alex cartoons in the Daily Telegraph, kindly sent to LBFN.
We’ll be following up our November gathering at St Ethelburga’s with an event which will bring together the theoretical and practical aspects of multifaith spaces. Let us know if you’d like to contribute.