newsletter may 2010

Dear Friends,

This is the May edition of the Muslim Christian marriage support group.

First of all, thanks to all of you who came and helped make the last meeting really good.   The next Southall date for your diaries is June 27th –11.30-3.00 and all are welcome.

 

 

Here are other events and listings :

 

 

22-24 May The French group ‘Foyers islamo-chretiennes has its annual Pentecost weekend event meeting outside Paris next weekend,.   French-speakers can find out more at

http://gfic.net/Pub4/Sommes/Groupe.asp

 

Sunday 30 May – another French connection – www.coexister.fr    proposes communal blood-letting! ( giving rather than spilling blood together) – for Christians, Muslims and Jews

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Here in the UK you can find out about all the Asian melas or fairs that’ll be happening this summer:  (including the silver jubilee of the Bradford Mela)

www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork/events/melas/2010/

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8677442.stm

Karma Nirvana road show preventing forced marriages and honour-related abuse

over the next two months The Karma Nirvana team and Survivors of Forced Marriages will travel the country urging children at risk to tell the authorities of their fears. More info  go to www.karmanirvana.org.uk

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ABRAHAM

A CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM MEN’S RETREAT

4th-6th June 2010

Exploring the significance that Abraham’s journey plays out in    our lives as Muslim and Christian Men.

Abraham’s spiritual journey is one shared by both Christian and Muslim alike and is a story that continues to inspire and guide us throughout our lives as men of faith.

In the beautiful setting of St. Deiniol’s Library in North Wales, we hope to reflect on the deeper significance the story of Abraham has in our lives and look at how as men of faith, this helps us throughout our own journey.

This years retreat will be led by Symon Hill (Author of the ‘No nonsense guide to religion’) and Abdullah Trevathan (Senior Lecturer in Religious Education at Roehampton University and leader in the BBC’s ‘Retreat’.

 

Our men’s retreat aims to provide a relaxed, safe space, to share our faith and experiences of our own spiritual journey and explore what it really means to be men of faith.

 

To reserve your place or find out more about the retreat please email: mustafa@christianmuslimforum.org

Or call: 0207 820 0444

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Christians and Muslims in the West Midlands

Friends and Neighbours, 30 June/1 July 2010

Methodist Central Hall, Coventry

Our fourth regional event exploring how we live together more closely

Come and help us find out

Sessions on:

· Dialogue/Mission/Da’wah

· Family Issues

· Men’s Retreat

· Pairing and Twinning

· Social Attitudes

· Women

· Youth involvement

For all in influencing and leading roles

Times: Wednesday 12:00 – Thursday 15:00

Organised by: the Christian Muslim Forum in partnership with the West Midlands

Faith Forum and the Karimia Institute. For further information contact:

Daniel Edge, Peaceworker, Christian Muslim Forum, 0207 820 0444,

info@christianmuslimforum.org

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Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering mutual respect and understanding between the religions” is a new teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It reminds all Catholics that they are called by their Baptism to engage in dialogue with others, and specifically with people of other religions. This is part of the Church’s task of continuing the dialogue that God engages with His Church, and of reading the signs of His will in our times.

The document stresses that this dialogue is not restricted to academics, but takes place where everyday life is shared in an atmosphere of respect and openness. Shared experiences of worship – where the worship takes the form not of coming to pray together, but of coming together to pray, is also a valuable aspect of dialogue, and one which meets appropriately the desire to share occasions of grief, joy and remembrance.

Catholics are also encouraged to seek shared action with other religions – our shared concern for the environment being one obvious point on which to enter into a dialogue of action.

Catholics are advised, in their engagement with others, to share openly what they hold to be true, while at the same time being prepared to be inspired by the truth and holiness apparent in other religions. This dialogue is the work of Jesus Christ and it continues His mission of engaging with others in full respect for their otherness, and of bringing to the world an awareness of God’s good plan for the whole of humanity.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols: “This is a most important document addressing the theme of dialogue between the faiths. It therefore addresses many points of great significance for our society, not least for those who, at this moment, do not appreciate the importance of religious faith. I hope it receives widespread attention.”

. http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/new_teaching_document_on_interreligious_dialogue_from_the_bishops_conference_of_england_and_wales

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Westminster Interfaith 25th Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace, Saturday 5th June 2010

“It’s that time of year again, when we ask you to sign up for this annual event. This year, we have decided to visit people and places that are particularly important to the existence of the pilgrimage as well as ‘new’places of worship both North and South of the River Thames. We also felt that it would be beneficial to spend more time in some places and have a greater experience of community worship, which will take place at the West London Synagogue near Marble Arch. We shall be the guests of the British Jewish community taking part in a Shabbat service; a rare privilege. Usually our pilgrimage takes place on a Saturday and it has not been possible to visit a synagogue large enough to accommodate us.

On this, our Silver Jubilee, we would like to commemorate in a special way: Br. Daniel Faivre, who started the multi-faith pilgrimage for peace; Cardinal George Basil Hume, who was instrumental in setting up Westminster Interfaith; and the Peace Pagoda, which we visited on the very first pilgrimage and which is also celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.” More info at http://www.westminsterinterfaith.org.uk/

(Brother Daniel also started our group for Muslim Christian couples in Southall).

For info about interfaith walks in your area of the UK  http://www.interfaith.org.uk/local/pilgrimages.htm

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I am an MA student at City University in London, looking for people to speak to for my dissertation on intermarriage and the trends over the last few decades. I am looking for individuals or couples who have married or are in a committed relationship with someone from a different religion to speak about their experiences, both positive and negative.

 

I would be asking about the impact on family and friends, how it has impacted any children and their upbringing, and how it has impacted your own religious practice.  Other questions I would be considering are: was marrying outside your religion choice or chance? Should religion have a place in modern relationships?

 

As this is an academic project the case studies would remain private. The dissertation is due in early June so I would be looking to speak in the next few weeks, obviously at a convenient time and either by phone or in person. Please contact me with any questions on jenniferlipman09@hotmail.co.uk or 07904 121 877.
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What helps things change for the better when families are adjusting to an interfaith or a mixed relationship?  How can couples themselves build a secure relationship in the face of these pressures?   How does faith and identity come into it?

As part of my training in systemic family therapy I’d like to offer sessions to people in mixed faith families in the UK.   The aim is to help a family start a conversation that would be more useful to them.  It could involve a combination of parent, child or other relatives .     Family therapy is a non-invasive and respectful style of therapy, which seems to fit particularly well with the needs of interfaith and cross-cultural families.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_therapy

 

 

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US connections:

At Georgetown’s center for Muslim Christian understanding prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan joined John L. Esposito in a conversation exploring the challenges of confronting the status quo and promoting radical reform in Islam and the Muslim world. Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University and President of the European think tank European Muslim Network in Brussels. His most recent publications include What I Believe, Islam, The West and the Challenges of Modernity, and Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation. John Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam and Oxford Islamic Studies Online, his most recent books are: The Future of Islam; Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed); and Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam.

 

VIDEO: http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=50599

 

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A request from Boston, Mass. USA Do you have any members who are Iranian women married to western men? I’d be interested to talk to a couple willing to share a couple emails with me so I can better understand this important relationship in my life.

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From June 1st visit an exciting new exhibition online  which explores the constant conversations between the
Ottoman Empire and Europe through the eyes of a 17th Century Ottoman traveler Evliya Celebi – a pious Muslim, musician, soldier, and story-teller.
www.thebookoftravels.org

The exhibition is a unique collaboration including the British Council, bringing together a wide range of contributors, including the Khalili art collection, music from the Royal Academy of Music, Suki Chan – an award winning film-maker who recently appeared in the BBCs School of Saatchi, Mercan Dede – an international Turkish Sufi pop star, as well as leading historians on Ottoman history.

http://www.oursharedeurope.org/   (British council)

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. MUJU: ‘EXTREME PREVENTION’ & ‘WALLS’ – 5 DATE TOUR
14th-23rd May 2010

The MUJU Crew are a London based Muslim-Jewish collective with an eye on sharp humour that crosses cultural divides. In their new show ‘Extreme Prevention’, MUJU will perform comedy sketches set against the backdrop of the governments ‘Preventing Extremism’ strategy that includes radio campaigns warning us, ‘If you suspect it, report it. Sketches include the reformed extremist desperate to educate the Muslim community on how not to be a fundamentalist, as well as, the doctor using ultrasound scans to search for extremists in the womb!
MUJU will also perform ‘Walls’, a moving drama set in the UK, exploring the relationship of two best friends, one Muslim and one Jewish, on the eve of the of Jewish family’s move to Israel. A play written for MUJU by Alia Bano, winner of the Most Promising Playwright Award, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009.

Rich Mix: 730pm, Thursday 20th May
www.richmix.org.uk/bookings 020 7613 7498
35-47 Bethnal Green Road. London E1, 6LA

Tricycle Theatre: 730pm, Sunday 23rd May
www.tricycle.co.uk Box Office 020 7328 1000
269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR

www.muju.org.uk

 

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MILUN  a meeting of musical traditions

Saturday 10th July 8.00pm

Northern Rock foundation Hall, The Sage Gateshead , NE8 2JR

Box office 0191 443 4661

Creative musicians Surmeet Singh (Sitar), Chris O’Malley (Guitar and accordion), Upnet Singh (Tabla) and Sam Proctor (Fiddle and Bodhra’n)of SAA-uk’s Milun project are on tour  this summer. They explore the unique and common aspects of traditional Indian and Irish music, Milum conjures musical conversations that exchange traditional motifs in a question and answer form and mix the haunting sounds of Indian Raaga with the pounding energy of Irish jigs and reels.

Presented by the Pakistan cultural association in association with SAA UK.

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 Mushaira : live poetry –on Tyne

Sunday 11th July 7.30pm

Westgate Community College, West Road , Newcastle NE4 9LU

Ticket free
An evening with poetry! One of our most popular live poetry events organisied annually for over a decade. A great opportunity to meet, listen and mesmerise with the series of romantic, patriotic and humorous poetries written and received by well-known poets from the UK, Pakistan, India, USA, Canada and many other countries.

For further information please contact

0191 274 3030

info@pakistanculturalsociety.co.uk

Kitaab

A platform for multicultural writing at the Durham Book festival (Oct 2010) more info from Pakistan Cultural society. info@pakistanculturalsociety.co.uk

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This week’s video on the common ground news service is an arrangement of ‘Ave Maria’ accompanied by the Adhan ‘Allah Akbar’, an idea of Tania Kassis at the occasion of the designation of March 25 (Annunciation Day) as a national Islamic-Christian holiday in Lebanon.

http://www.commongroundnews.org/video.php?sid=1&lan=en

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That’s all for now, best wishes to you all

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