Imams in the Vatican – an Interfaith Awakening

Students from the Cambridge Muslim College preparing to be the next generation of British Muslim leaders, have marked the end of their studies by visiting one of the most famous churches in the world: St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Getting to know deeply religious people who were not Muslim was a new experience for some of the students. They came away more convinced than ever that people of impeccable…

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Self-Assessment Tooklit

Faith institutions play an important role in the general resilience and health of communities. Yet given the number of challenges that they face faith institutions, and places of worship more specifically, often need support in reaching their maximum potential in serving the communities and neighbourhoods that they aspire to benefit. This project, funded by the Communities and Local Government Department, is a pilot scheme that aims to support places of…

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London Remembers

Interfaith vigil for Father Jacques Hamel hosted by Faiths Forum for London in partnership with Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group   Event of remembrance for all victims of terror attended by civil society groups, community members and Londoners of all faiths and none   31st July 2016 – Londoner interfaith community gathered at Westminster Cathedral to pay their respects to Father Jacques Hamel and the victims of recent terror attacks. The service…

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Life is Sacred

Interfaith vigil for Father Jacques Hamel hosted by Faiths Forum for London in partnership with Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group An event of remembrance for all victims of terror attended by civil society groups, community members and Londoners of all faiths and none. We invite you to join us for an interfaith vigil in London to remember Father Jacques Hamel and all the victims of recent terror attacks. We understand that…

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Be Alert, Not Alarmed

The Metropolitan Police Service have expressed their condolences to the attacks which took place yesterday in France; Normandy. They have asked the British public to be alert stating the following ‘Following the terrible murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France today, and the attack on his congregation our thoughts are with their loved ones, his congregation, community and once again the people of France. We are again reminded of the indiscriminate nature…

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Nice Should Serve to Unite Us, Not Divide Us

July 14, 2016 will be remembered as a bloody 217th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille, flashpoint of the French revolution as well as the French National Celebration. Eighty-four people lost their life and hundreds were left injured after a man drove a truck into a large crowd celebrating the French National Celebration on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Members from different faith communities gathered on the steps of the French Embassy in…

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Remembering A Lost Generation

July 11, 2016 marked the 21st anniversary of the massacre of Srebrenica. Faiths Forum for London hosted Remembering Srebrenica on July 12 to hear about the survivors’ life stories of a genocide that still faces denial today. A traumatised generation after the Holocaust said ‘Never again’ to genocide. Yet, atrocities based on faith and ethnicity happened again on European soil 50 years after post-war generations vowed to end mass killings.…

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“We Aim To Seek Different Perspectives”

London, UK, June 11, 2016 – Young girls from five different faith schools celebrate their graduation from coding classes at Twitter’s UK Headquarters with UK government minister Baroness Williams of Trafford. Sixty girls aged twelve and thirteen, took part in intensive workshops with Twitter coding experts at the Twitter Headquarters. This course followed on from an eight-week  interfaith computer coding course which took place last year for an additional thirty…

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Secretary of State visits the Dar Al Islam Mosque for a community Iftar

London, UK, June 28, 2016– Forty faith and civic leaders from across all religions, joined the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, for an inspiring iftar (breaking of the daily Ramadan fasts) celebration at the Dar al-Islam mosque in Willesden. This iftar celebration was particularly noteworthy as it marked laylat al-qadr, one of the holiest of all days in Islam, when the first verse was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Vowing…

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Faiths Forum for London statement on the EU Referendum

Millions across the United Kingdom voted in the Referendum, and the majority conveyed a desire that Britain’s future is to be outside the EU. The decision has been made democratically peacefully and one we must respect. As citizens of the UK, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must come together to get the best Brexit for Britain, one that reflects our values of tolerance, fairness, and openness. The…

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Sacred Activists: Leadership & spirituality in action

Sacred Activists speaks to the most urgent needs of our time.  It brings together young people who want to create a more beautiful world and empowers them to bring it into being.  It calls those with the spark of the future in their hearts, with committed spiritual lives and the impulse to act and lead. Based in London, this 9 month programme will have different strands: Workshops with teaching input…

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A Better Referendum

With just three days to go until you decide to remain or leave the EU, we would like to introduce you and your community to an online resource tool which provides an overview of the key issues surrounding the referendum. Better Referendum is a joint initiative between the Electoral Reform Society and various universities which contains videos from leading academics explaining the key constitutionals issues which are central to the EU…

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Catholic Church’s largest charity adopts Jewish community’s model

The Jewish Volunteering Network was behind the Caritas launch of the Catholic equivalent   The Catholic Church’s largest charity has adopted the Jewish community’s model for volunteering in what could be “a first” for the Jewish charity sector.   The Jewish Volunteering Network was behind the Caritas launch of the Catholic Volunteering Network on Tuesday evening in Euston, attended by senior clergy, including bishops.   It featured the launch of…

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Brussels Statement – 23/03/2016

Our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of the victims of the Brussels bombings this morning and similar horrors unleashed on innocent people in Istanbul and Ankara last week. We are horrified by what has happened in recent weeks, and Britain’s faith communities are united in condemnation against these appalling acts. The perpetrators do not represent anybody but themselves, and unfortunately events such as these often result in…

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New Publication: Issues in Religion and Education: Whose Religion?

Lori G. Beaman and Leo Van Arragon (eds), Issues in Religion and Education: Whose Religion? (Brill, 2015). This new edited collection is a contribution to the dynamic and evolving global debates about the role of religion in public education. This volume provides a cross-section of the debates over religion, its role in public education and the theoretical and political conundrums associated with resolutions. The chapters reflect the contested nature of the…

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Press Release: Faiths Forum for London seeks action on Calais Refugees

Just before the start of this Inter-Faith Week, a group from the Faiths Forum for London visited refugees in the camp at Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu members of the group returned determined to seek action in relation to the plight of the up to 6000 migrants living on the camp, mostly victims of war, civil unrest, and dictatorship from Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Syria and elsewhere. As Forum members took…

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Prayer for the Nation

Over 1500 Imams and faith leaders across the country will be reading the “Prayer for the Nation” at Friday Sermons and Assemblies. One of the first and most fundamental ways Muslims show feelings of commonality and brotherhood is through prayer. Mustafa Field MBE, the Director of the Faiths Forum for London, said: “With leading UK Imams, the Faiths Forum for London has constructed a Prayer that could perhaps cultivate and give…

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Paris attacks: British Muslims join Christians, Jews and other faiths to condemn terrorist violence

British Muslims have joined members of the Christian, Sikh and Jewish communities to show their solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in which 129 people were killed. In a series of statements recorded by members of Britain’s various religious communities and put together by IBTimes UK, religious leaders, students and believers read a moving statement that pledges the horrific attacks should serve to strengthen unity and…

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