Thursday, 15 November 2012

November Update

New Initiatives & updates on existing ones

Nothing Holy about Hatred A forum inviting faith and community leaders and members  to sign a pledge decrying homophobia and the harm it causes.

Campus  Lokahi Grew out of the project Campusalam which began in 2008. Promoting understanding by building stronger bridges between student societies and university administration around issues of values and belief it is set to launch an online campus resource in 2013.

A Year of Service This weekend some tree and hedge planting events in St Albans related to Mitzvah Day. See the Year of Service Events Page or email

I have been reminded that Chelmsford is one of the few Cathedrals to have a worked out and published policy on inter faith work.

PEN works within the umbrella of the Contextual Theology Centre . CTC produces a weekly blog on the forthcoming Sunday Gospel reading In a recent blog on Advent events and news you will find resources on faith and social action, details of a debate on the religious foundations of morality and the Rt Revd Dr Justin Welby's support for the Living Wage. CTC also has the latest on Near Neighbours projects in London.


Friday 16th November at SOAS, Russell Square: College Buildings Rm 4418; 5.00-7.00pm The Sufi Factor in Pakistan Islamism - Dr Alix Philppon. Contact or 0207 898 4893/2 9 Also see their series of music events latest email or 0207 898 4500

Tuesday 20th November Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster's Faith Matters, last in the  Autumn series Finding God in other Cultrures and Religions 7.00 - 8.30pm in Westminister Cathedral Hall. Thisis an open event but to be sure of a place email or 0207 931 6078 or online Free but suggested donation £3

Thursday 22nd November 5pm Woolf Institute Centre for Muslim-Jewish Relations lecture for Inter Faith Week, Westminster College Cambridge  Bridging the Great Divide:Teaching the Abrahamic Faiths Prof Akbar Ahmed, see details

Thursday 22nd November 6 - 11pm, The Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT, Festival Night from the Three Faiths Forum part of their Urban Dialogues 2012 series which runs 2st November - 1st December. Follow the Urban Dialogues link, above, for full details.

Tuesday 27th November  10.00am - 6.00pm (registration 9.15am) Day Conference  at the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College. The Life and Thought of Louis Massignon (1883-1962): Comparative political and theological perspectives,  £20, book through or  see details

Tuesday 27th November 7pm Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) a social get together with food for those of different faiths and cultures to celebrate Eid, Diwali and Christmas (sponsored by local traders)  at Jasmin's Banqueting Suite, 202 Upper Tooting Road SW17 7EW Free but  contact Kate Allan so they know how many to cater for.

Tuesday 27th November 6.30 - 9.00pm (for Christian and Muslim women) Christian Muslim Forum  launches the Come to the Edge Report at St Ethelburga's 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG Contact Siriol Davies, or Tasneem Husain,

Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th December Wimbledon Library Gallery, 1st floor, Wimbledon Library, Wimbledon Hill Road, London SW19 7NB Commission4Mission exhibition to launch itself in South Lnndon. The gallery is accessed via the Library, open 9.30am-7.00pm (2pm on Saturday)


Tuesday 27th November at St Philips Centre, 2A Stoughton Drive North, Leicester, LE5 5UB (Only an hour and a half from London)  Christian- Jewish Faith Study Day 11.00am - 4.15pm with Fiona Hulbert and Rabbi Mark Solomon. Contact the Centre for more details  Tel: 0116 273 3459

The Woolf Institute has published details of its e-learning programme which runs February to June 2013 Jews,Christians and Muslims in Europe:modern challenges. The course costs £350 and applications close on 1st February see details 


Jonathan Evens has two new books available:- The Secret Chord is a study of the role of music in cultural life, written through the prism of Christian belief. Covering a range of musical styles and influences, from gospel music to X Factor, the book seeks to draw the reader into a place of appreciation for what makes a moment in a 'performance' timeless and special. 

The Secret Chord is available from: Lul, ATF, Kindle UK, or Kindle US and, with Henry Shelton a second collection of images and meditations on the Passion of Christ. Their first collection - Mark of the Cross - is available as a download from 12baskets  while this second collection is available initially as a doubled-sided A3 sheet containing all 14 images, meditations and prayers see here The aim of this collection is to pare down the images and words to their emotional and theological core. The A3 format is designed for ease of devotional use. Copies of this collection, price is £3.50 plus p&p, can be ordered from