East London Three Faiths Forum

Our events in 2014

Thursday 30th January - The challenge of bringing up children today
at St. Anne Line Church,Grove Crescent, South Woodford, E18 2JR
Lead speakers:
Phil Butcher,Catholic Diocesan Coordinator for Marriage & Family Life
Rabbi Maurice Michaels, Lecturer in Jewish Liturgy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome
Imam Dr Mohammed Fahim, South Woodford Mosque

Thursday 27th February - a meeting with Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford, with the theme: “Drawing Closer to God”.
at Barking Mosque, 2 Victoria Rd, Barking, Essex IG11 8PY.

Thursday 3rd April - One world - can we cope with an exploding population?
At Woodford Liberal Synagogue, Marlborough Road E18 2JR
(a short walk from South Woodford station)
Lead speakers:
- Revd Helen Gheorghiu-Gould, St John's Church of England, Epping
- Rabbi Richard Jacobi, Woodford Liberal Synagogue
- Khola Hasan - Scholar and teacher

Thursday 15th May - Faith and the visual arts
at St John's Seven Kings IG2 7BB
with lead speakers:
Jonathan Evens and Peter Webb of commission4mission
Rabbi Nancy Morris of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue
Abed Bhatti of Birkbeck College.
A poster is available here

Thursday 26th June Book cover image
Book launch
- A member of our executive committee, Qadir Bakhsh, has co-written 'Interfaith dialogue - an Islamic perspective'. Come and help launch the book at Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford.

Both Qadir and his co-author, Maqsood Ahmed, will be speaking.

A poster is available here

Wednesday 23rd July
Break fast at sunset
- You are invited to join members of the Ilford Islamic Centre at Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford, breaking their fast at 9pm sharp.
Imam Ehsan and other local faith leaders may give very short talks about the importance of fasting in their own traditions.
There is no charge, but you may wish to bring a small gift of dates, nuts, fruit or fruit juice.

A poster is available here

Thursday 18th September - Scriptural reasoning - death and judgement
At the Chabbad Lubavitch Centre, 107 Epping New Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5TQ
We will be using texts selected by representatives of the the three faiths, and the texts are now available for download here:

  • The Jewish texts
  • The Christian texts
  • The Islamic texts
  • It would be helpful if before the meeting you can read and reflect on at least the text from your own faith.
  • Most of the time in our meeting will be spent in small groups, in which each faith is represented, and where members of each faith will share what their texts mean for them. This may lead to wider discussion, but the aim should be focus on the texts in hand.
  • The exercise is not a competition, but an attempt to gain mutual understanding. Come with an openness to learn. Remember that God created us each with two ears but only one mouth.
  • Please treat the texts of other faiths with as much respect as your own (or more). Please do not, for example, place any texts on the floor. Any unwanted papers will be taken away at the end of the evening for reverent disposal.

Thursday 30th October
- Valuing our bodies (What do we say about cosmetic surgery, tattoos, piercings, self-harm, etc?)
at St Laurence's Church, Donington Ave Barkingside IG6 1AJ (12 mins walk from Newbury Park tube station)
Lead speakers:
- Renée Bravo - Life President, Buckhurst Hill Masorti Synagogue
- Khola Hasan - Scholar and teacher
- Revd Ian Tarrant - St. Mary's Church, South Woodford

A poster is available here

Thursday 18th December - Concert and party at Valentines Mansion
Please bring suitable food and drink to share; and a party-piece for our entertainment!