In 1993 St Ethelburga’s church was almost completely destroyed by an IRA Bomb – in 2002 it reopened as a Centre of Reconciliation and Peace – out of atrocity a centre for people of all faiths and none arose. St Ethelburga’s issued a statement following the latest London atrocity at London Bridge (https://stethelburgas.org/); following is an excerpt:-
“How should we respond? How do we face up to this new reality around us? And how do we move forward? ……
Our only real option is to pull together, summon our collective courage, and take responsibility. Do whatever is in our power to become peace-makers in our own contexts and lives…….
We have to dig more deeply into our individual commitment, put aside more selfish concerns and contribute whatever we can. We also must reach out across differences and divides of all kinds, go beyond our comfort zones, and live from the real understanding that we are in this together. If we are to turn this around, every one of us will need to be part of a long-term preventative solution.”
Redbridge Faith Forum endorses this sentiment and invites everyone along to the next RFF public network meeting on Tuesday 25th July 2017 which will be on the topic of Peace & Reconciliation in the Gloucester Room, Central Library, Clements Road, 12 noon-1.30pm. This will be an opportunity for people of all faiths and none to come together and consider this topic in the light of current events.
Standing together with Manchester
Trustees, members and friends of Redbridge Faith Forum were terribly shocked and saddened by the devastating attack in Manchester last week. We of many faiths and none condemn this cowardly attack on innocent civilians. All our religions exalt the sanctity of human life and there is no justification for such an atrocity. Redbridge Faith Forum commends the great resilience and the bravery of the people of Manchester who have pulled together during this difficult time and the swift response of the emergency services.
Terrorism has no place in our society. In Redbridge we have an exceptionally diverse community, and we will continue standing together strong and united. We will not tolerate hate and division; the actions of those who seek to spread hatred within our community will not succeed. Redbridge Faith Forum will continue its work to promote respect, co-operation and understanding in the borough with the support of people of all faiths and those of none
Redbridge Faith Forum calls for the people of Redbridge to stand together at this difficult time and to continue to be vigilant to work together for peace, compassion, understanding and hope.
Wednesday 17th May 1.00- 3.00 pm – Community Safety Workshop in the Church Hall of the Drive Methodist Church IG1 3PP.
Everyone (men & women) are invited to attend and share what makes you feel safe/unsfe and discuss ideas on how to make us feel safer and work with local services to identify and tackle of issues of concern. This is an opportunity to meet members of your local Safer Neighbourhood Team and Street Enforcement Team.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free place.
30 women attended this event on Tuesday 9th May 2017 1.00-3.00 pm – Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road Ilford IG1 1HA. It proved to be a very informative and enjoyable event on thee topic of Praying – How? Why? When? To Whom? with short presentations from women from the Muslim and Jewish faith. Please click here for a full report.
A very informative and well attended network meeting took place in the Gloucester Room at Central Library on 25 April. Speakers included Julie Fanning of London Borough of Redbridge, Dr Vaibhav Mathukia GP, Rev’d Tim Coleman from Chaplaincy Department of BHR Trust and Jason Demant, Pastoral Care Team Leader at St Francis Hospice. Please click here for a full report of the meeting