The episode titles for “Standing before God” are:
1. Three forms of prayer
2. Focus on salat
3. The mosque in the life of Muslims
4. The discipline of fasting
5. United on pilgrimage
6. The visitation of holy places
7. Modesty: the special character of a Muslim
8. The rituals of birth and death
9. Angels, Jinn and the Final Judgement
10. The Imams as spiritual guides
11. Encountering the Word of God in the Qur’an
12. Sufis and the ascent to God
Finally, there is a new Short Guide to Understanding Islam, which is twice as long as the original Essence of Islam, which it is intended to replace. It can be downloaded byclicking here or from the “Books” page under the “Written Resources” button on the website. Please feel free to share this far and wide with friends, students, colleagues or anyone else interested. Some groups are intending to print versions of this text to give to interested people. Anyone wishing to do the same (without charge) is welcome to contact me.
Thanks for reading,
Dr Chris Hewer
Since then the process to win hearts and minds has continued : the Christian Muslim Forum is encouraging those who have pastoral responsibilities in faith communities to explore how they might respond to inter faith couples in more ethical, humane and constructive ways without jeopardising their core faith values : if you’re in Lancashire would be great to see you at the event below organised by Anjum Anwar around the guidelines for an Inter faith audience on Blackburn.
More such events are in the pipeline including a morning seminar on inter faith marriage at St Philip’s Centre in Leicester on 26th November. If you are or know of a Muslim Christian couple in the Leicester area would you be interested in joining us that day?
Christian-Muslim Marriage, Blackburn
Inter faith marriages are not new phenomena but for many it is something which is seldom discussed. exChange of Blackburn Cathedral is delighted to invite you to hear the work of Christian Muslim Forum on the subject of
“Marriages between Christians and Muslims.”
Last October 2012, guidelines were launched at Westminster Abbey on the subject of “Interfaith Marriages.” The work was undertaken by Mrs. Heather Al-Yousuf, who has vast experience of what it is like to be married to someone of a different faith, and the challenges it can present. Whether one agrees or not to marriages between different faiths, it is important to provide support to those who find themselves in this situation.
You are cordially invited to hear Julian Bond, Director of Christian Muslim Forum and Heather Al-Yousuf in conversation with Anjum Anwar, Dialogue Development Officer and Revd Shannon Ledbetter, Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral.
Date: 26 September 2013
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Venue: Blackburn Cathedral
For further information and to reserve your place, please call Anjum Anwar on 01254 503081/0have pastraol 7903 731106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the booking link below.
The Ethelburga Walk on Sunday October 13th is our major fundraising event of the year. It follows a 9 mile route between two sites associated with St Ethelburga – Barking Abbey and St Ethelburga’s Centre. It runs through an intriguing part of East London, mostly through green spaces and along canal towpaths, avoiding roads. It’s easy going and should take an average walker less than four hours.
There’ll be storytelling, music and refreshments en route to give you a great day out for a good cause. Children and dogs welcome!
We start at 12.30pm at Barking Abbey, founded by St Ethelburga in the 7th Century. We’ll hear her story performed in the ruins of the abbey. The route follows the Greenway a quiet footpath through East London with the great views of Canary Wharf in the distance. After passing the amazing building of the Abbey Mills pumping station we take a break by the Bow river at Three Mills with refreshments and music. We then follow canal towpaths past the Olympic stadium and into Victoria Park.
The Regents Canal takes us on towards Bethnal Green and after crossing Weavers Fields we go down Brick Lane, whose mosque was once a Huguenot chapel and then a synagogue. Finally we reach the gleaming towers of the City where a party awaits walkers at St Ethelburga’s Centre with refreshments, massage for weary feet, and live music.
We are invited to join the congregation of St Margaret’s Church, next to Barking Abbey, for their morning service at 11.00 am followed by coffee.
We aim to find one hundred walkers and invite each of them to persuade ten friends to sponsor them for £10 each. This will raise an amazing £10,000 which will make a huge difference to St Ethelburga’s work.
You can either download a sponsorship form here or create your own fundraising page on Just Giving a simple and way to collect sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues online.
There is a small fee for registration for which you will receive a specially written Walk Pack (including a map and historical information about some of the places you will pass), and also refreshments en route.
(5 mins from Barking station, volunteers will guide you from the station)
London, IG11 8AS