newsletter january 2011

Dear Friends,

 

This is the first (short) muslim-christian marriage support group newsletter of 2011:   welcome!

First and foremost a  reminder that our next Southall meeting is on February 20th   11.30 -3.00 at the familiar venue in Southall. All are welcome, just RSVP so we know about numbers.

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Also for those in the UK: We’ve been asked if any of us would anyone be interested in participating in the live filming this Sunday February 13th of ‘the Big Questions’  an ethical and current affairs debate programme aired on BBC1  at 10.00am Sunday mornings.

One of the topics being discussed  is interfaith relationships:  something like “Is it right to convert for love?”

If you have strong views or experience to bring to it the person to contact is Amanda Egbujo Producer The Big Questions Zone 3.23, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA

0141 422 6006 – direct

07590 816 627 – mobile

aegbujo@mentorn.tv

amanda.egbujo@mentorn.com

or you can watch the programme!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zpll

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Here are a few listings:

 

St Ethelburgas centre for reconciliation and peace in the City of London has a full diary of events exploring different kinds of dialogue and inter faith encounter :

www.stethelburgas.org

 

on March 17th 10-4 they are launching a guide to working with narrative and story-based approaches to community building. A day of workshops, talks, performances, sharing circles and networking for anyone interested in the power of narrative and story to build community. In the evening there will be a performance of The Family of Abraham/Ibrahim – A Spiritual Soap Opera.

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Storytelling too at the London  Interfaith centre: a season of storytelling in Brent  starting with a what’s your story, story and narrative workshop 26th Feb 1-5pm

http://www.christianmuslimforum.org/index.php/events/event-listing/473

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Heythrop College, University of London is holding a  two day conference organised by the Centre for Eastern Christianity on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March 2011
Eastern and Western Christian thought on Islam 10.00-5.00 http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/about-us/conferences-and-seminars/eastern-and-western-christian-thought-on-islam.html

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News of A Common Word in Scotland and other Christian Muslim and interfaith intiatives by the Edinburgh interfaith association

http://www.eifa.org.uk/christianmuslim.html

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A local Christian Muslim Forum group meets regularly from 2-4pm at the East Oxford Community centre in Oxford on the 3rd Saturday  of the month – on Saturday 15th April we’ll be discussing Faith,  Love and Marriage. info@christianmuslimforum.org

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that’s all for now folks, but  please let me know of resources or events that may be of interest to other readers in your area and I will include them  .

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Featured Websites

 

http://susiesbigadventure.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html  Susie of Arabia

http://www.iffp.net/programs/sundayschool/SundaySchool.html  The Washington Interfaith families’ Project: interfaith Sunday schools for Jewish-Christian families.

What might be on a Christian-Muslim Sunday school curriculum?

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·         Do we as Muslim-Christian couples and families have anything to add to the multiculturalism debate? Can we show fair models of how our societies might avoid what some fear is ‘sleepwalking to segregation’ between different religious groups?
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Andrew Brown of the Guardian says  that rather than shared values to bind together a mixed faith society we need to talk about shared myths. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2011/feb/08/cameron-multiculturalism-islam-values
what do you think are the sustaining ‘myths’ that we as mixed couples share or evolve together?
I think I would prefer to think of shared stories, shared experiences (the most important ones and the most ordinary ), shared relationships-with family friends, neighbours, colleagues , all this eventually coming to form a shared frame of reference and narrative for our lives. Do you agree with this description or am I being idealistic?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muslim-Christian-marriage-support-group/133544260044343?created#!/pages/Muslim-Christian-marriage-support-group/133544260044343?v=wall

 

·         Best wishes to all of you and all your families
Hope to see you in Southall if you can make it,
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