Christmas comes but once a year and when it does someone starts daft stories about Christmas being banned. So lets get it straight, celebrating Christmas is not offensive to Muslims or any other faith. In fact blaming Muslims for a perceived need to be coy about celebrating Christmas is what's offensive.
The Faithful Friends project in Forest Gate began in February 2007. It brings adults of different faiths together to learn from each other and to develop a friendship together. The aim of the project is to be a long-term grassroots Christian presence focussed on the multi-faith, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural area of Forest Gate, and seeks to engage with people of all faiths (and none) and cultures in the area. The project seeks to meet this aim by means of meeting and engagement, education... Read more
A new prayer space built near to The O2 was officially opened in October 2010.
The Site Chaplain and secretary of the Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy Steering Group is The Revd Dr Malcolm Torry.
The Chaplaincy occasionally takes on specific pieces of advocacy work. For example in 2005 AEG Europe proposed a casino alongside the stadium within The O2. The team was able to present a paper outlining the spectrum of opinions held by faith communities on gambling. This can be viewed... Read more
By The Revd Martin Henwood DL, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Dartford, Chair of Whole Community Works and Advisor to The Bishop of Rochester on the Gateway...
This story begins in 1993 with plans for regeneration in the north Kent area of Thames Gateway. Sir Peter Hall had remarked that the greatest challenge for those responsible in delivering the Thames Gateway would be to integrate existing communities with the new developments. I felt called to rise to that challenge.
In the first... Read more
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough with the third largest Muslim population in London as well as having affluent Hindu, Jewish, Sikh and Christian communities living, working and worshipping side by side. There are also many other beliefs held by individuals and groups who live in Waltham Forest but worship within their homes or outside the borough. The Faith Communities Forum is an umbrella network linking all of these faith groups together, building relationships and forming lasting... Read more
There has been a Christian presence in Tooting since the 7th Century. Today the community is very mixed. The church has responded to its changing context in a variety of ways. Its website proclaims boldly “Our priority is to know Jesus Christ and proclaim him as Lord of all. ”
Once a month the church runs a stall in the market which gives out Christian literature in, Urdu, Tamil, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Polish, Russian and English. There is a growing Polish community in this... Read more
Through working with other faiths at London Inter Faith Centre we had become aware of the clarity of their articulation of their world views, and were also receiving questions concerning the Christian world view and belief system. Thus a group of clergy in Willesden Area of London Diocese, from conservative evangelical to liberal catholic, was convened by the Area Inter Faith Adviser, under the oversight of the Area Bishop and with the support of the Archdeacon. Over a period of eighteen... Read more
Revd Jonathan Evens writes about an organisation uniting across faiths to care for creation...
In a town where the train station sign appears in both English and Punjabi, where streets are teeming with life from foreign cultures and where church, mosque, temple and gurdwara compete for local followers - A Rocha is a unique voice. Despite working in a community with 52 separate places of worship, relatively few of these churches, the project has succeeded in uniting a diverse community... Read more
St Anne's, Brondesbury is an Anglican church in Kilburn. The old church building was demolished in 1995 and a new building opened in November 1997. The new building houses a joint ecumenical project with St Andrew's URC church, who moved out of their original building in 1996, and is also home to the London Inter Faith Centre which is jointly led by the Anglican priest (with URC input for 6 of its 12 years).
The attractive “front” on the main road is circular. Within the entrance is a... Read more
A spin off from the Obama presidential campaign of 2009 has been to give Citizen Organizing a higher profile in the British political scene. The Revd Stephen Sichel was keen on Citizen Organizing from experience in the West Midlands when he arrived in Southwark. With its long tradition of involvement in social justice issues it wasn’t difficult to persuade members of St Matthew’s Brixton to join South London Citizens in 2003.
Membership reinvigorated their engagement and sense of... Read more