newsletter june 2010

Dear friends,

Salaams and greetings, hope everyone is doing fine.

This is a reminder that the next meeting of the Muslim-Christian marriage support group is on next Sunday June 27th from 11.30-3.00 at our usual venue in Southall and you are very welcome if you can make it for all or part of the time.

RSVP if you plan on coming so we’ll be able to get enough samosas!  Plus to get directions if you need them.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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New interfaith marriage support group in the Midlands

In the pipeline for this autumn:  an interfaith marriage support group in Birmingham.    A number of you have said  you’d like to come to a meeting but Southall is a bit far.  We’re looking at a date towards the end of the year,  so if you are in or near the Midlands and might be interested in participating maybe let me know?

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It’s a busy time of year for everyone, so forgive me for a short mailing this time, here are just a few listings that have turned up in my in-box which might interest some of you:

New Directory of women-friendly mosques in UK:

The Developing Diversity directory has been developed by Faith Matters over the last year and through contact and consultation with over 480 mosques in England. Faith Matters undertook focus groups with Muslim women in England around 5 key areas they wanted to see within mosques in terms of core service delivery and each of the mosques was then benchmarked against the 5 areas. The top 100 which met 4 or 5 of the key criteria have been published in this directory and reflect service provision as of February 2010. http://www.faith-matters.org/resources/publicationsreports/developing-diversity

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Interfaith Marriage in Islam: An Examination of the Legal

Theory Behind the Traditional and Reformist Positions

ALEX B. LEEMAN*  

You can read this at

www.indianalawjournal.org/articles/84/84_2_Leeman.pdf

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Liverpool’s Arabic arts festival

Did you know that there has been an established  Yemeni community in Britain for well over a hundred years? 

If you’re anywhere near Liverpool on the 3rd -4th July  you might enjoy discovering more about their history and culture at the Arabic arts festival

http://www.arabicartsfestival.co.uk/?page_id=3

More info on British Yemenis at http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200906/al-burdun.the.boardinghouse..htm

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The Runnymede Trust is planning an online debate on Art and Mixed Race Identity

An online discussion looking at how mixed-race identity has been linked to art, or could be in the future, is in the pipeline for July.

The online event will follow up from a seminar for arts practitioners and policymakers held at the Arts Council in May 2010.

Our aim is to encourage artists, academics, policymakers and the public to engage with the idea of mixed-race identity and how art can be used to fully explore this issue in all its complexity.

If you would like to learn more and are interested in getting involved in the online debate, please contact Kamajeet Gill at  kam@runnymedetrust.org

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The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre is currently hosting an exhibition on Islam’s Relations with other Religions
(between Saturday 19th and Thursday 24th June 2010) .
Free Admission and Everyone Welcome.  Opening Times from 12pm until 8pm daily
The Islamic Cultural Centre & The London Central Mosque
146 Park Road,
London NW8 7RG

http://www.iccuk.org

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Dialogue Society talk on God and Community Cohesion – Help or Hindrance? By Canon Dr Alan Billings

TUESDAY, 29 JUNE 2010 18:45

Where: Dialogue Society, London
With Canon Dr Alan Billings

http://www.dialoguesociety.org/forthcoming/308-god-and-community-cohesion-help-or-hindrance.html

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There’s more applied Islamic and Christian theology from the Building Bridges seminar in Washington DC – all available to watch online.

 

The theme of the ninth Building Bridges Seminar, which was held in May 2010 at Georgetown University, Washington DC, was ‘Tradition and Modernity: Christian and Muslim Perspectives’. On the first day of the seminar public lectures addressed topics such as changing patterns in religious authority and different conceptions of freedom emerging in the modern world. On the second and third days the seminar participants engaged in detailed discussion of texts from outstanding modern thinkers in both traditions. At the closing public session, Archbishop Williams reviewed the work of the whole seminar, and, together with a panel of participants, responded to questions from the audience. Videos of the sessions are available here: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/networks/the-archbishop-of-canterburys-building-bridges-seminar/key_events/2010-building-bridges-seminar-washington-dc?topic_id=the-archbishop-of-canterburys-building-bridges-seminar
NB those thinking about shari’a and modern dilemmas may find the lecture by Abdullahi An-Na’im of Emory University on shari’a and freedom thought- provoking

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If you’re a woman  interested in interfaith work and the environment and are in or near the London borough of Lambeth you may be interested in events run by The hands to gather programme Of ‘LIFE’ which runs from now until Dec. 2010 and bring together women of both faith communities in environmental action.

Please note these are women only events!

Each includes a delicious life-giving vegetarian lunch – donations welcome.

Hands-to-Gather 2: Wednesday 23rd June 2010

Resourcefulness as an act of faith – “Re-made and Re-imagined” Craft Workshop with Hannah Lewis (www.remadeinbrixton.org).

Exploring recycling as an act of transformation, perceiving the hidden potential in a material and the multiple uses it can have.

Children welcome – Creche provided.

10.30am – 2.30pm at Vauxhall City Farm, 165 Tyers Street, SE11 5HS

Hands-to-Gather 3: Wednesday 21st July 2010

Finding Our Common Ground – with LIFE-maker Tini Brodie & Sue Sheehan, (Lambeth’s Green Community Champions Officer).

To include a walk on Tooting Bec Common and visit to Hyde Communtiy Farm. After lunch discussion: ‘Faith and Belonging: Wisdom of the Desert (‘no-man’s land’) in different spiritual traditions.’

Children welcome – Creche provided.

10.30am – 2.30pm at 32, Emmanuel Road, Balham, SW12 0HF

Getting there: Tube or bus (155 /355) to Balham Station then 15 min walk

down Balham Station Road towards Tooting Bec Common. No. 32 is about half

way along. Or: buses 57, 109, 118,133, 159, 417 to Streatham Hill Station. Walk

down Sternhold Avenue and take the path diagonally across the Common.

Hands-to-Gather 4: LIFE-out-of town: A 24-hour Retreat

Saturday 31st July – Sunday 1st August

A 24 hour LIFE-giving retreat at The Quadrangle (see www.limina.org.uk), a beautiful

converted barn in Kent, an easy train ride from South London. Starting mid-morning on

Saturday and finishing mid-morning on Sunday, we will breathe fresh air, walk, explore

ecology, do yoga and eat together in relaxing surroundings. A unique chance to sleep in

a dormitory together and share LIFE stories! If you are interested in coming, the cost

will be on a donations basis, depending on how much you can afford.

For more information or to reserve a space, please contact: Rebecca Brewin:

rebecca@handtoearth.net / 07896 936 625 or Sadaat Yusuf saadat_yusuf@yahoo.co.uk / 07939 325 032

 

 

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