East London Three Faiths Forum

Previous events in 2013

Monday 21st January, 7.30pm at Ilford Islamic Centre with one of the world’s leading Sufi scholars, Sheikh Hisham Kabbani of the Centre for Spirituality and Cultural Advancement: ‘Peace, harmony and diversity: the Importance of Interfaith Dialogue’ More details on poster here

Thursday 24th January at St John's, Seven Kings, Ilford IG2 7BB
- Vocation and qualification for religious leadership
Revd Ernie Guest - St Laurence's Church, Barkingside (and Warden of Ordinands for Redbridge)
Rabbi David Hulbert - Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Barkingside
Hajj Mahmoud Attiya - South Woodford Mosque, PhD student

Thursday 28th February - Who is your God?
- Imam Dr. Mohammed Fahim, South Woodford Mosque
- Rev. Martyn Hawkes, Vicar, St. Gabriel's, Aldersbrook
- Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, Ilford Chabad Lubavitch Centre
at the Ilford Chabad Lubavitch Centre 395, Eastern Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6LR

Thursday 11th April - Scriptural reasoning workshop on 'Women and equality'
at Minhaj ul-Quran Romford Road, Forest Gate E7 9HD.
We will be using texts selected by representatives of the the three faiths as part of the Scriptural Reasoning programme based in Cambridge. All the texts in English can be downloaded here. Or you can download the text from each faith in both English and the original language from this page.

  • 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 three-faith groups, where members of each faith will share what their text means 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 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.

Please print the poster, and display it in your community.

Thursday 16th May -
Religion and government - can they work together, or should they be kept apart?
Speakers to include:
- Revd Robert Hampson, Holy Trinity South Woodford
- Rabbi Larry Becker, Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue, Wanstead
- Khola Hasan - Scholar and teacher
7.30pm at Portcullis House, Westminster, hosted by two Ilford MPs, Mike Gapes and Lee Scott. Please print a poster and display it in your faith community.
On the day, each person should take a copy of the poster, and some kind of photo ID (eg passport, driving licence). Portcullis House is above Westminster tube station, on the opposite side of Bridge Street from the Palace of Westminster. Exit the tube station onto Bridge Street, turn left and left again to get to the entrance. Please arrive early to get through security checks.

Thursday 27th June at St John's, Seven Kings, Ilford IG2 7BB
- Marriage and the family
Speakers to include:
Phil Butcher, Diocesan Coordinator for Marriage and Family Life, Brentwood RC Diocese
Hafiz Abdullah Mohammed, Quran Study Group, Goodmayes
Rabbi Alex Chapper, Ilford Federation Synagogue

Sunday 25th August - Summer party
from 2.30pm at St. Anne Line Catholic Church, South Woodford

Thursday 10th October - Money and the economy
at Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Barkingside IG2 7LX
(Bet Tikvah is at the corner of Perkins Road,a short walk down a footpath from Newbury Park Station)
Lead speakers:
Revd Helen Gheorghiu-Gould, St John's Church of England, Epping
Rabbi Michael Pertz, Westcliff-on-Sea
Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad, Headteacher, Alif Academy, Newham
Please publicise this to your local faith community, using the poster here

Thursday 14th November - Forgiveness and atonement
8pm at Ilford Islamic Centre
Lead speakers:
Fr. Francis Coveney, St. Anne Line Catholic Church, South Woodford
Imam Ajmal Masroor, writer and broadcaster
Rabbi Baruch Davis, Chigwell Synagogue, Chairman of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue

Thursday 19th December - Concert and party
8pm at Valentines Mansion, Ilford
Please bring suitable food and drink to share!