East London Three Faiths Forum

Our events in 2018

1st February 10.30am - Visit to the 'Living with gods' exhibition at the British Museum. Book your place on the Museum website here. Rendezvous 10.15am in the Great Court near the exhibition entrance.

22nd February - The initiation of children into our faith communities
Ilford Muslim Community Centre, Eton Road, Ilford IG1 2UE
with lead speakers to include:
Sheikh Ayoub Rashid, Scholar at Ilford Muslim Community Centre
Revd Dr John Brown, St Luke's Church, Ilford
Rabbi Yankele Singer, Ilford Jewish Primary School
For a poster to display in your community, click here

12th April - Organ donation and blood transfusion
at the Community Hall of Christ Church, Wanstead E11 2SW
(access from Wanstead Place, off Wanstead High Street, about half way between Wanstead and Snaresbrook stations)
with lead speakers:
Revd Santou Beurklian-Carter, Chaplain at Whipps Cross, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals
Rabbi Stephen Dansky, Redbridge United Synagogue
Khola Hasan, Islamic Sharia Council, Leyton

For a poster to display in your community, click here

21st June - Demons and exorcism
at Chabad Synagogue, 107 Epping New Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5TQ
with lead speakers:
Rabbi Odom Brandman, Chabad Buckhurst Hill
Dr Mohammed Fahim, South Woodford Muslim Community Centre
Fr. Angelus Houle, Our Lady of Compassion, Upton Park
For a poster to display in your community, please click here

20th September - NB 7.30pm
Scriptural reasoning: coming to terms with bereavement
at Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford.
With lead speakers: Zahrah Awaleh - Chaplain University College Hospital
Imam Khurram Rafiq - Ilford Islamic Centre
Revd Ian Tarrant - St Mary's Woodford
Michelle Lester - East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue
For a poster to display in your community, please click here

  • Here are the Christian texts: Bereavement-Christian.pdf The Jewish texts will be a selection from the shiva prayers.
  • 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.

11th October 11.15am - Guided visit to St Paul's Cathedral

    Advance booking is essential - email Janet Buchan
    There is a limit of 25 people, so book early to be sure of your place. On the day we rendezvous on the steps of St Paul's, on the left hand side, at 11am There will be security checks, so do not bring any large bags with you.  Thanks to the kindness of the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, there will be no charge for this visit.

    For a poster to display in your community, click here

8th November - Religious laws and secular law
at Ilford Federation Synagogue, Beehive Lane IG2 6JH (on the corner with Clarence Avenue, not the big synagogue close to Cranbrook Road)
Lead speakers:
- Rabbi David Singer, Rabbi, Ilford Federation Synagogue
- Sheikh Ayoub Rashid, Imam, Muslim Community of Essex, Newbury Park
- Philip Petchey, Barrister and Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark

Tuesday 18th December - Party NB 7.30pm
Our new venue this year is Clore Tikva School, 115 Fullwell Avenue, Barkingside IG6 2JN, at the junction of Fullwell Avenue and Mossford Rd.
Please bring suitable food and drink to share; and a party-piece for our entertainment!  There is a poster to download and display here.