EU election hustings

Faiths Forum for London is organising a series of hustings, ahead of the EU elections on 22 May, supported by Europe House.  The first is this weekend, on Sunday 30 March 5-7pm at The Sternberg Centre, 80 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 2SY.

EU electionsThe line-up includes:

Marina Yannakoudakis MEP, Conservative Party
Jean Lambert MEP, Green Party (Invited)
Ivana Bartoletti, Labour Party MEP candidate
Jonathan Fryer, Liberal Democrats MEP candidate
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP (Invited)

There will be two further hustings in the series, one at an Islamic centre and the other at a Hindu temple.  To register for Sunday’s event, visit the Europe House website.

London – the TB capital of Europe | 24 March 11am

The NHS and public health agencies are struggling with tuberculosis.

London is now the TB capital of Europe, with hotspots in Brent, Newham, Hounslow and several other boroughs.  There is a lack of understanding of how communities work, how the disease is transmitted, the early symptoms and how treatment can be most effective.

Some communities are particularly affected and Islamic centres with members from a broad range of backgrounds are in a good position to take the lead on raising awareness.

TB map 2009

TB rates per 100,000 population in London boroughs, 2009. (Source: HPA)

At an event on Monday 24 March at 11am* (World TB Day) at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, Dr Shuja Shafi of the Muslim Council of Britain (who is a medical doctor), Islamic centres in London and NHS clinicians will explore how local religious communities could take a lead.  They will be able to pilot new ways of working with health professionals in preventing the rise of TB and of ensuring early detection and successful treatment.

If you are from one of the “red” boroughs on the map above, or from a pocket elsewhere which is affected by high TB rates, or have an interest in preventing illness or in hospital chaplaincy, please join us for this exploratory discussion.  Register here to book your place, which is free of charge.  No previous knowledge of TB is necessary. Contact LBFN for further information.

* Update – this event is postponed and now likely to take place in May.

Women and Faith at the WOW Festival 7-9 March

dont classify meIf 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.wow_series_2014_1

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 & Tower Hamlets

Redbridge logoRedbridge 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!

logo_thiffTower 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.

Spirit of Womanhood art exhibition

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.”

Tracey Emin

winThere’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 marion@wominet.org.uk.

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.

Engagement & participation – call for contributions

hands_silhouettesMany 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.