The Inter Faith Stall at Lambeth Country Show (after)

The Inter Faith Stall at Lambeth Country Show (after)

 

Lambeth Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park usually takes place over a weekend in July but this year (its 38th) the Olympics and Paralympics pushed it into mid-September. Faiths Together in Lambeth proposed an inter faith stall (a first) and South London Inter Faith Group responded enthusiastically. In the end 7 organisations collaborated to put the stall together and 19 people from 5 faiths combined to staff the stall throughout the Saturday and Sunday. Large numbers of people attended the Show. Of course, relatively few of them came to visit the inter faith stall but still, it felt like something well worth doing. The dates for next year have been announced (it’s back in July – the 20th and 21st) and already there are some ideas for an inter faith stall mark 2.

Inter Faith Stall at Lambeth Country Show (before)

Lambeth Country Show will take place in Brockwell Park on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September and will be open from 11am until 6pm on both days. There will be an Inter Faith Stall organised by Faiths Together in Lambeth in collaboration with South London Inter Faith Group and Jamyang Buddhist Centre and with support from London Boroughs Faith Network, South London Branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, the Christian  Muslim Forum, Local Initiative for Faith and the Environment and Lambeth Multi-Faith Action Group.You will find the Inter Faith Stall at stand number ZW34 in the Charities West Area, not far from the Main Entrance to Brockwell Park at Herne Hill. The main purpose of the stall is to inform the public about inter faith activities in the Borough of Lambeth and to encourage participation in these activities. Do come and visit us. And please would you let FTiL know if you could sign up to be present for, say, a 2 hour slot of your choice? That would be very helpful.

Inter Faith Walk on Sunday 15th July - details

Please bring a packed vegetarian lunch, dress modestly and be ready to remove your shoes.1. Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple                                   10.00am – 11.15am

                72 Colmer Road SW16 5JZ                          [Beginning with the Aarti ceremony]

 

2. St Bartholemew’s Roman Catholic Church                         11.30am – 12.30pm

                159 Ellison Road SW16 5DE                                     [Attending the Mass,                                                                                                   with plainsong choir]

 

3. Hyderi Islamic Centre                                                            12.45pm - 1.45pm

                26 Estreham Road SW16 5PQ                      [Eat packed vegetarian lunch here; 
                                                                                                    Prayer at 1.12pm]

 

4. Streatham United Reformed Church                                   2.00pm – 2.30pm

                388 Streatham High Road SW16 6HX

 

5. South London Islamic Centre                                               3.00pm – 3.45pm

8 Mitcham Lane SW16 6NN

 

6. South London Liberal Synagogue                                        4.00pm - 4.45pm

                1 Prentis Road SW16 1QB

Inter Faith Walk on Saturday 14th July - details

Please dress modestly and be ready to remove your shoes. Lunch provided.1. South London Orthodox Synagogue                                     12.00 – 12.30pm

                45 Leigham Court Road SW16 2NF

 

2. Brixton Hill Islamic Centre                                                       1.00pm – 1.30pm

                226/228 Brixton Hill SW2 1HE

 

3. Caribbean Hindu Temple                                                        1.45pm – 2.45pm

                16 Ostade Road SW2 2BA                                          [Lunch provided here]

 

4. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church                                  3.00pm – 3.30pm

                11 Trent Rd SW2 5BJ

 

5. St Matthew’s Anglican Church                                               3.45pm – 4.15pm

                Brixton Hill SW2 1JF

 

6. SGI Buddhist Centre                                                                4.30pm – 5.00pm

                1 Bernays Grove SW9 8DF


7. Ahl-ul-Bayt Islamic Centre                                                       5.30pm - 6.00pm

                11 – 13 Edgeley Road SW4 6EH

Hospitality Month Events

Three hospitality month events have taken place by the end of May, hosted by the Caribbean Hindu Cultural Society, First Step South and Christ Church Streatham. Still to come - early in June - events hosted in Tulse Hill by FAST London and in Clapham jointly by Clapham Methodist Church, London Shambhala Meditation Centre and Ahl-ul-Bayt Islamic Centre.

The importance of voting

FTiL organised hustings on 17th April with the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates for the London Assembly (to represent the Lambeth and Southwark constituency). About 30 people attended and the candidates answered 12 questions that had been submitted in advance and a few more from the meeting.

When FTiL's management committee reviewed the event there was praise for the harmonious approach that the four candidates adopted, even though there were clearly important policy differences among them.

One of the benefits from the meeting was a chance to clarify the voting system in London elections which have only existed in their present form since 2000 and are not yet familiar to many people. The importance of taking the trouble to vote is all the greater because the 25 places on the London Assemply are determined on a proportional basis. So any vote that you fail to cast is not only a loss to the party you would like to support but also increases the proportion of the total vote gained by other parties. This increases the risk of small parties with extreme policies gaining 5% of the total and thus getting one of the 25 seats.

The elections take place this Thursday, 3rd May.

May is Hospitality Month


Faiths Together in Lambeth is repeating an initiative that had some useful results last year. Grants of up to £100 are being offered to a small number of FTiL Member or Associate Organisations in order to enable them to hold a hospitality event (breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, ... ) that has a multi-faith participation.

 

  • Qualifying hospitality events must take place in the month of May 2012 or soon afterwards (so could include the Jubilee Weekend for example).
  • The FTiL Management Committee will want to be convinced that events receiving grants will bring together people of different faiths (preferably 3 or more faiths).
  • FTiL will need to receive a request by e-mail before an event can be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will be awarded to qualifying events on a first come first served basis.

 
We look forward to receiving applications for these grants. New Member Organisations will have as much chance as established ones. You can apply for membership from this website.

Pictures from the London Assembly Hustings


Pictured left to right at the Karibu Education Centre on 17th April 2012 are

Jonathan Bartley Green

Rob Blackie Liberal Democrat
Val Shawcross Labour
Michael Mitchell Conservative