East London Three Faiths Forum

Our events in 2016 

Thursday 4th February at 12.15am
At the British Museum to see the exhibition -
Egypt: faith after the pharaohs www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/news_and_press/press_releases/2015/faith_after_the_pharaohs.aspx

10th March - The spirituality of high places
at St. Anne Line Church, Grove Crescent, South Woodford, E18 2JR
with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brentwood, Rt. Revd. Alan Williams

5th May - Preaching in our worship - topics and pitfalls
at Ilford Federation Synagogue, Clarence Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6JH (Ilford Federation Synagogue is on the corner between Clarence Avenue and Beehive Lane, a short walk from Gants Hill Station)
Lead speakers:
- Rabbi Alex Chapper – the Children’s Rabbi and a local magistrate
- Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad – Quran Study Group
- Revd Jongikaya Zihle - Woodford Methodist Church & Shern Hall Methodist Church, Walthamstow

2nd June NB 7.30pm - Food and fasting
at Ilford Muslim Community Centre, Eton Road, IG1 2VE
Lead speakers:
- Sheikh Ayoub – Ilford Muslim Community Centre
- Rabbi Maurice Michaels – Bournemouth Reform Synagogue
- Revd Janet Buchan - St Paul's CofE Church, Goodmayes
NB unusually this meeting starts at 7.30pm

14th July - Gender segregation - schools, worship and social events at St Paul's Church, Goodmayes (at the junction of Atholl Road and Barley Lane)
Lead speakers:
Rebbetzin Nechama Davis - Chigwell & Hainault United Synagogue
Khola Hasan, broadcaster and the first woman judge (Qadi) appointed to a Sharia Court in the UK;
Dr Sally Barton, Reader, St Mary's Church, Woodford, & also a teacher at Trinity Catholic High School (mixed!)

15th September - Scriptural reasoning: 'the hospitality of Abraham' according to our three scriptural traditions
at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, Ilford IG2 7PL
Texts from the three faiths can be downloaded from the website of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme: here

    or using these direct links:
  • All the texts in English
  • The Jewish texts
  • The Christian text
  • The Islamic texts
  • It would be helpful if before the meeting you could 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. Please 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.

Wednesday 26th October – Wednesday 2nd November - Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - more details here

3rd November - Care of the elderly at the South Woodford Mosque, Mulberry Way E18 1ED
Lead Speakers:
Imam Dr Mohammed Fahim - South Woodford Mosque
Phil Butcher - Chaplaincy Team at King George's Hospital
Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg - Woodford Forest United Synagogue

Tuesday 20th December - Valentines Mansion - 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! NB the party starts at 7.30pm