East London Three Faiths Forum

Our events in 2015

Thursday 12th March Adam and Eve
At St Mary's Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PL
- Creation of the first human beings, according to our three scriptural traditions
Texts from the three faiths can be downloaded 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 April Dying gracefully

At Redbridge United Synagogue, Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Clayhall IG4 5LN (Sinclair House is between the Roding Hospital and Beal School, not far from the 'Charlie Brown' roundabout)
Speakers: Fr Francis Coveney, St Anne Line Roman Catholic Church, South Woodford
Imam Mohammad Shariff, Ilford Islamic Centre,
and Rabbi Nissan Wilson of the host synagogue.

Thursday 4th June Principles of war
- New struggles, new weapons; distinguishing combatants from non-combatants
At the South Woodford Muslim Community Centre, 10-14 Mulberry Way, South Woodford, E18 1ED
Lead speakers:
Dr Mohammed Fahim, our host
Rabbi Richard Jacobi of Woodford Liberal Synagogue
Revd Ian Monks, Curate at St Paul's Woodford Bridge

Thursday 30th July
The day of judgement - Paradise and the afterlife
at St Paul's Church, Goodmayes (at the junction of Atholl Road and Barley Lane)
Lead speakers:
Chris Burrows, Vicar of St Laurence's Barkingside
Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad, Quran Study Group Goodmayes
Rabbi Henry Goldstein, Rabbi Emeritus, South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue

Thursday 10th September Women in positions of religious leadership
Bet Tikvah Synagogue, 129 Perryman's Farm Road, Barkingside IG2 7LX
Lead speakers:
Khola Hasan, broadcaster and the first woman judge (Qadi) appointed to a Sharia Court in the UK;
Revd Santou Beurklian-Carter, Curate at St Mary's Church, Woodford;
Rabbi Irit Shillor, Harlow Synagogue.
Poster available here

Thursday 8th October 'Pilgrimage'
With the new Bishop of Barking, the Rt. Revd. Peter Hill
at Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford.

Tuesday 15th December - Concert and party for Christmas/Chanukah
At Valentine's Mansion, Emerson Rd, Ilford, Essex IG1 4XA
Please bring suitable food and drink to share; and a party-piece for our entertainment!