newsletter june 2011

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the June support group newsletter :

First of all Becky has been organising this event – hope you’ll be able to join us!

 

 

MUSLIM & CHRISTIAN

                              

                 SUPPORT GROUP

 

        PICNIC IN THE PARK! 

                                                                    

 

                                                            

 

 

           Sunday 17th July 2011

        From 11:30am Hyde Park 

 

     Meet near the Diana Memorial

 

     Bring your own Picnic blanket, food, drink and enjoy an informal picnic and chat with other members of the Muslim & Christian support group           

 

            Children VERY Welcome!

 

RSVP:

 

Becky – beckydale1@btinternet.com

 

Ps If the weather is too bad we will postpone but we are hoping for a hot sunny day!

 

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Congratulations to Amy and Takie and a big welcome to Ava Grace

Congratulations as well to Muslim and Ilse  who have a new daughter Sophia Ma’shallah . Many blessings on both families.!

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Media requests

 

Have your say about raising children in inter faith marriage:

 

I am an assistant producer on Channel 4’s 4thought series and I was hoping I might be able to have a chat with you about a week of programmes I’m putting together on mixed/interfaith marriage.

If you’re not familiar with the series: 4thought.tv is a series of short programmes that transmits on Channel 4 everyday directly after the evening news. Each programme is approximately two minutes long and features one person speaking directly to camera. Each week is linked by an underlying theme related to a moral or ethical debate, an important anniversary or a news story.

I’m trying to get in touch with a range of different couples with different perspectives on whether or not raising children within an interfaith marriage is any more difficult or challenging than within a same faith marriage. Do you think you might have a few moments to have a conversation with me about this?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Catriona Doyle. Assistant Producer. 4thought.tv

t: 028 9042 7646

e: catriona@waddellmedia.com

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Songs of Praise

I wonder if you can help?  I am researching an edition of the BBC “Songs of Praise” programme for transmission on September 11th this year.  The programme will reflect on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and will hopefully focus on how young people are working to create a better world for the future.   For that reason, the focus of our programme is very much on inter-faith relations.

I’m trying to find a personal story of a young Christian (aged under 30) and a young Muslim who have formed either a close friendship, or a marriage, to talk about their journey of getting to know each other and each other’s religion and culture.  We’re trying to illustrate that human relationships from different religious traditions, can grow, thrive and benefit all around them, but that sometimes it might involve hard work, dealing with prejudices, stereotypes, suspicions, etc. 

I wondered whether you have come across any such stories?

As we are a Christian programme we would particularly need the young Christian to be able to talk about his/her own personal faith and how God has played a part in the journey (ie they would need to have a real faith, as opposed to being just “culturally” Christian).

We’re hoping to speak to possible interviewees fairly soon (in the next week, hopefully!) as we need to film in late June/early July.

If there is any particular friendship or marriage which springs to mind, and you think the young people concerned would be willing to talk to me, perhaps you could let me know?

janis.knox@bbc.co.uk
BBC Religion & Ethics
Tel:          0161 244 3307
Address:  Room 5012, BBC North, New Broadcasting
House, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 1SJ
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Listings :

 

24 June 11.00 – 16.00 Minding the Gap? Caring, Faith and Diversity’  St Anthony of Padua Community Hall, 115 Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 7SS

A day workshop for professionals exploring : how is faith part of caring? How do we help across differences of faith and culture?

Speakers:Revd Rachel Weir, Helen & Douglas House;Ray Atwood, Oxford Christian Institute for Counselling;Imelda Ryan, Muslim Community Helpline;Rosalind Birtwistle, Inter Faith Marriage Network

We will be gathering resources for a toolkit of ideas to support working with families across differences of faith and culture

Forum members/concessions £10, standard delegates £25

http://christianmuslimforum.org/index.php/events/event-listing/559/

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25th June10am-5.00pm  A healing the self text-based workshop with Sheikha Halima Krausen ‘Self-destruction, Self-hate and humiliation’ :macro and micro consequences.   The Muslim College,

22 Creffield Road, Ealing, W5 3RP

(9.30am for registration and tea/coffee)

£30 incl lunch

Contact Humera Khan of an-Nisa’ societyhumerakh@hotmail.com

http://muslimcollege.ac.uk/News.htm

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Date: Wednesday September 7th 10:00– 16.00

Cross, Crescent and CoolA training day looking at how Christians and Muslims can

build bridges between young people of the two faiths

The Springfield Centre, Springfield Road, Moseley. Birmingham B13 9NY

Cost: £20 (£10 Concessions) which includes handouts, refreshments and a light lunch

Trainers: The day will be led by Raheema Caratella and Dr Andrew Smith

 

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Advanced notice

Inter Faith Week will take place this year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from Sunday 20 November until Saturday 26 November.  www.interfaithweek.org.uk

Scottish Inter Faith Week will take place from Sunday 27 November to Saturday 4 December.   fhume@scottishinterfaithcouncil.org

More Interfaith news at  http://www.interfaith.org.uk/ebulletin.htm

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A US resource: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding has lots of interesting stuff including Gallup survey ‘Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations: Assessing the “New Beginning”

http://acmcu.georgetown.edu/

 

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Food for thought and the Arts :

 

Runnymede: Rather than multiculturalism, we should be talking about ‘interculturalism’

http://www.runnymedetrust.org/bulletin?utm_source=The+Runnymede+Trust&utm_campaign=ae43fcfd9f-Spring2011Bulletin&utm_medium=email

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I’m writing is to pass on a link to a Guardian article written by Safraz Manzoor – a lovely piece about his wife taking his surname. Lizzie

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/may/28/sarfraz-manzoor-wife-surname

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Muslim-Christian family background of youngest ever Orange prize for fiction winner:  Tea Obreht author of ‘The Tiger’s Wife’  was born in Belgrade in 1985. Her grandfather was a Slovenian Catholic, her grandmother is a Bosnian Muslim. Her mother was born in Sarajevo. In 1992, the four of them moved to Cyprus, then to Egypt where she started to learn English as a teenager and finally to the United States when she was 15. Here’s a bit more about her life and writing  and its Balkan inspiration, (thanks to ‘The Australian’, whose interview with her you can read here :  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/tea-obreht-like-a-tiger/story-e6frg8n6-1226045047319

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Faith Shorts: TBFF Global Film competition

 

Entries are open for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s global film competition, Faith Shorts. Young people between 14-18  are asked to answer the brief, “Let me show you how my faith inspires me”. Winners will have their films premiered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London. The deadline for film entries is 1 July. TBFF have just sent out 25 portable video cameras to young people who didn’t have any access to film making equipment to countries including Palestine, Sierra Leone, Nigeria the Philippines and Pakistan. Film ideas so far include a story of hope from a young boy in Egypt who witnessed Christians and Muslims uniting during the revolution and a Jordanian film which explores our obligations to help those in need from neighbouring countries. TBFF is keen for more UK entries. Go to www.faithshorts.org to find out more.

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COMPAS Photo Competition 2011 now launched

‘Traces of Belonging

For this year’s photography competition COMPAS is looking for images that reflect the theme of ‘Traces of Belonging’. We are particularly interested in images with a historical or social connotation that visually convey what it means to settle in a new place. Prizes: £300 and £150 for winning entries and £50 for 8 runners-up

Enter online by 13th October 2011 at: http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/events/photo-competition/


Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/publications/updates/