Teachers! Classroom activities & assembly ideas

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Plenty of ideas and resources for school on the TES site: conflict resolution, wallcharts, global citizenship, refugee stories, making peace doves and much more on peace, for use around the UN International Day of Peace (21 September) or at other times of the year.  Register for free and then download the materials.

Sukkot sermon on peace at Alyth Synagogue

Sukkot sermon on peace at Alyth Synagogue

Rabbi Maurice Michaels preached on the UN International Day of Peace yesterday at the North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth).  He said peace is of the highest importance in Judaism.

In the midrash, Sifrei, Rabbi Levi said, ‘Peace is precious, for the blessings after the Sh’ma and at the end of the Amidah conclude with a prayer for peace. The priests’ blessing also ends with a prayer for peace, for none of the blessings is at all beneficial unless peace is also present.’

Pirkei Avot, the manual of ethical teachings of the sages, includes Rabban Gamliel’s saying, ‘The world is sustained by three things – by justice, by truth, and by peace, as it is said’ – quoting the prophet Zechariah – ‘Render in your gates judgements that are true and make for peace’.

And, of course, we have Hillel’s instruction, ‘Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace’.

The Jewish community is observing the time of Sukkot at the moment.

Rabbi Michaels went on

the mishnah asks ‘Who is the greatest hero?’ and responds, ‘One who changes an enemy into a friend’.

Download the full sermon here.

Londoners from all religious and non-religious traditions are invited to join together for the Flights for Peace on Sunday afternoon (22nd September) at 2pm-3pm.

Flights for Peace across the Thames on Sunday 2-3pm

Flights for Peace across the Thames on Sunday 2-3pm

Bring friends and family to ‘fly’ across the Thames on Sunday afternoon!  Download the flyer.

We’ll be meeting up with people from all over the capital & flying together in the beautiful gondolas – a great way to celebrate the International Day of Peace in style.  You can register here https://flightsforpeace.eventbrite.co.uk/.

If you’re on twitter, the hashtag is #flights4peace, as well as the general #peaceday tag.

Many of the London Peace Network team will be flying.  We look forward to seeing you there!

St Peter’s Walworth welcomes Old Kent Road Mosque

St Peter’s Walworth welcomes Old Kent Road Mosque

St Peter’s Church of England, just off the Walworth Road on Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH is welcoming visitors from the Old Kent Road Mosque on Sunday morning at the 10.30am service to mark the UN International Day of Peace.  If you’d like to join them, contact Fr Andrew Moughtin-Mumby or see their tumblr site.

East London Mosque marks peace day

East London Mosque marks peace day

East London Mosque is inviting visitors to hear the Friday sermon on the subject of peace and to join them for a light lunch today.

Dilowar H Khan, Executive Director, says

“I would like to cordially invite you to join us to observe the sermon on Friday the 20th September at 12.30pm which will be on Hajj and the message of peace as part of the international day of peace. The sermon will start at 1:20pm which will be followed by a short reception (with light lunch) at 2.00pm.”

We look forward to hearing about the event and seeing the photos!

Download your flyer for Peace Day!

Is your local Islamic centre, synagogue or church marking the UN International Day of Peace next weekend?

The idea is very simple:

  1. Invite neighbours or visitors to your place of worship
  2. Exchange messages of peace (printed on the back of the flyers, or use your own)
  3. If you like, offer some hospitality – maybe some juice or a cup of tea

Islamic centres are inviting visitors during or after Salaatul-Jumu’a (20th September), synagogues are inviting visitors to enjoy the hospitality of the sukkah on Saturday (21st) and churches are inviting visitors for Sunday worship (22nd) or a cup of tea afterwards.

Take a photograph, send it in with a line or two about your event and we will publish it here and on our Facebook page.  You will be joining thousands of communities across the globe which are marking Peace Day with a huge range of activities.

This was a very popular event last year, with hundreds of groups joining in.  This year we are supported by a range of religious and multifaith organisations.

Download the Islamic centre flyer here

Download the synagogue flyer here.

Download the church flyer here.

Please get in touch if you would like any further information or if we can help in any way.

Churches invite guests to visit on 22nd September

The salaam / shalom / peace bird is flying again!

Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sept21 for all the latest news and information – like, link, share!

Islamic centres will be inviting in visitors to share messages of peace on Friday 20th September.  Synagogues will be doing the same on Saturday 21st September and churches on Sunday 22nd September.

peace_leaflet_church_webThe flyer for churches is available now – download it here.  The flyers for Islamic centres and synagogues will be available soon – keep a look-out on the Facebook page or bookmark this blog.

Six simple steps towards peaceful relationships in your neighbourhood:

  1. Decide when you would like your visitors to arrive.
  2. Contact your local faith forum to find people from different religious traditions.
  3. Invite them to your Islamic centre, synagogue or church, along with any information they may find useful for their visit.
  4. When they arrive, exchange the messages of peace on the back of the flyer – or your own messages of peace.
  5. You may offer a cup of tea or some simple hospitality – it is up to you.
  6. If you would like to stay in touch, exchange contact details before your guests leave.

UN International Day of Peace 2013

salaam bird croppedPlans are moving swiftly ahead for peace-building events on

  • Friday 20 September
  • Saturday 21 September
  • Sunday 22 September

Islamic centres will be opening their doors to visitors on Friday to exchange messages of peace, synagogues will be inviting visitors in for refreshments on Saturday and we also have plans for Flights for Peace over the Thames!

A schools programme, all-faiths-and-none football matches and much more is in the pipeline for a fantastic weekend.

Our next planning meeting is on Wednesday 21 Augustbe in touch with your thoughts and suggestions.

If you have any plans for marking the UN International Day of Peace this year, let us know and we’ll post details here.

UN International Day of Peace 2013

UN International Day of Peace 2013

salaam bird croppedPlans are moving swiftly ahead for peace-building events on

  • Friday 20 September
  • Saturday 21 September
  • Sunday 22 September

Islamic centres will be opening their doors to visitors on Friday to exchange messages of peace, synagogues will be inviting visitors in for refreshments on Saturday and we also have plans for Flights for Peace over the Thames!

A schools programme, all-faiths-and-none football matches and much more is in the pipeline for a fantastic weekend.

Our next planning meeting is on Wednesday 21 Augustbe in touch with your thoughts and suggestions.

If you have any plans for marking the UN International Day of Peace this year, let us know and we’ll post details here.

New film – Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise

New film – Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise

We talked to so many remarkable people and groups in Pakistan – meet them here on the film we made as we travelled around.  Be inspired by their insight, perseverance and courage.

The film is now part of the RSA’s Pakistan Calling festival which includes some fantastic work.

Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise from London Boroughs Faiths Network on Vimeo.

Interested?  Have links with Pakistan &/or with diaspora groups in the UK?  Get in touch as we plan the next steps.  London Boroughs Faiths Network, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and Stockwell Green Community Services is a strong coalition.

We’re pursuing our work to support strategic links between groups in the UK and in Pakistan which are strengthening civic society and which are building communities of peace.

The film of our London-Pakistan event with Rt Hon Justine Greening MP and Sadiq Khan MP will be available soon.  Our thanks go to the many people and groups we are working with and to the FCO for their initial grant under the Olympic Truce.

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Rt Hon Justine Greening receiving a World Peace Tartan scarf at the Minority-Majority Pakistan-UK event in London.  L-R Catriona Robertson (LBFN Convener), Rt Hon Justine Greening, Toaha Qureshi MBE (Stockwell Green Community Services) & the Bishop of Lahore, Rt Rev Irfan Jamil.

Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise

We talked to so many remarkable people and groups in Pakistan – meet them here on the film we made as we travelled around.  Be inspired by their insight, perseverance and courage.

The film is now part of the RSA’s Pakistan Calling festival which includes some fantastic work.

Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise from London Boroughs Faiths Network on Vimeo.

Interested?  Have links with Pakistan &/or with diaspora groups in the UK?  Get in touch as we plan the next steps.  London Boroughs Faiths Network, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network and Stockwell Green Community Services is a strong coalition.

We’re pursuing our work to support strategic links between groups in the UK and in Pakistan which are strengthening civic society and which are building communities of peace.

The film of our London-Pakistan event with Rt Hon Justine Greening MP and Sadiq Khan MP will be available soon.  Our thanks go to the many people and groups we are working with and to the FCO for their initial grant under the Olympic Truce.

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Rt Hon Justine Greening receiving a World Peace Tartan scarf at the Minority-Majority Pakistan-UK event in London.  L-R Catriona Robertson (LBFN Convener), Rt Hon Justine Greening, Toaha Qureshi MBE (Stockwell Green Community Services) & the Bishop of Lahore, Rt Rev Irfan Jamil.

 

New alliance tackles street grooming

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The new alliance launched today – contact CAASE if you are interested in working with them in your own area.

Earlier today in Bradford, leading Muslim, child protection, victim support and civil rights organisations launched a ground-breaking, cross-community response to the problem of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.

Led by London Peace Network members Islamic Society of Britain, and HOPE not hate, the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’ (CAASE) will meet head-on the communal challenges raised by child sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women.

“CAASE believes that local and national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.”

Working across child protection services, with local authorities, schools, faith communities and the police, CAASE will develop a proactive response to the growing problem of on-street grooming, raising awareness, educating and developing community-led responses.

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Contact CAASE to support this important work.

The initiative is being supported by faith and civic leaders including the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Youth Helpline, Muslim Community Helpline, Federation of Muslim Organisations, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), Faith Associates, the Christian Muslim Forum, City Sikhs Network, plus women’s rights networks including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.

“CAASE is looking to help develop positive local cross-community initiatives across the country. If you would like to help get a local coalition together or would like to share some work you are already doing then please get in contact by emailing us at info@caase.org.uk.”

Professional guidance is being provided by Victim Support, plus STREET, which works with at-risk young people, and NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) which specialises in support for abuse survivors.

Get in touch with CAASE, join forces and make a difference.

New alliance tackles street grooming

New alliance tackles street grooming

Earlier today in Bradford, leading Muslim, child protection, victim support and civil rights organisations launched a ground-breaking, cross-community response to the problem of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.

Led by London Peace Network members Islamic Society of Britain, and HOPE not hate, the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’ (CAASE) will meet head-on the communal challenges raised by child sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women.

“CAASE believes that local and national grassroots and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out into the communities most beset by this problem.”

Working across child protection services, with local authorities, schools, faith communities and the police, CAASE will develop a proactive response to the growing problem of on-street grooming, raising awareness, educating and developing community-led responses.

caase logo

Contact CAASE to support this important work.

The initiative is being supported by faith and civic leaders including the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Youth Helpline, Muslim Community Helpline, Federation of Muslim Organisations, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), Faith Associates, the Christian Muslim Forum, City Sikhs Network, plus women’s rights networks including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.

“CAASE is looking to help develop positive local cross-community initiatives across the country. If you would like to help get a local coalition together or would like to share some work you are already doing then please get in contact by emailing us at info@caase.org.uk.”

Professional guidance is being provided by Victim Support, plus STREET, which works with at-risk young people, and NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) which specialises in support for abuse survivors.

Get in touch with CAASE, join forces and make a difference.

Invitation | UK-Pakistan Minority-Majority gathering

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Please join us at our last Olympic Truce event – a wonderful gathering of people who are interested in the future of Pakistan and of this country and how we can work well together.

Tuesday 12th March, 3.45pm – 6.30pm, followed by a buffet of Pakistani cuisine.

Memon Centre, 13 Weir Road, Balham, SW12 0LT

Download the invitation and sign up here.

Please pass the invitation on to those with links to Pakistan.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Olympic Truce | Pakistan links | minority-majority project

mmproject picThe last of our Olympic Truce projects kicks off this week.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is supporting a series of events in Pakistan (in Islamabad and Lahore), followed by a gathering in London on 12th March.  London Boroughs Faiths Network has been part of the FCO’s Olympic Truce Stakeholders’ Group since 2011 and we are delighted that this project is coming to fruition.

The project explores the potential for making the most of the UK’s close historical and cultural ties with Pakistan and to see how local communities can work together in practical and positive ways to support civil society, human rights and prosperity in both countries.

It recognises the strong links with Pakistan maintained by the diaspora living in London and other parts of the UK,  who experience being part of a minority group in the UK and who also experience being in the majority when they travel to Pakistan.

How can we learn from each other?

What can government, civil society and religious organisations do together to enable greater awareness of minority-majority issues in the UK and in Pakistan?  This project builds on the extensive experience of London Boroughs Faiths Network members in working with the statutory sector at local level and of bringing majority and minority groups together for the benefit of the wider community.

A small group from the UK is travelling to Pakistan this week and a return visit will bring two or three visitors from Pakistan to attend the London gathering.  The events will be filmed so that many more people can benefit from the story-telling, discussions and the new ideas which emerge.  In Pakistan, we will be meeting the Minister for National Harmony, Dr Paul Bhatti, and minority-majority events have kindly been organised by the Bishop of Lahore, the Rt Rev Irfan Jamil Coadjutor, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Punjab, Dr Mujahid Kamran and the General Secretary of Wafaq-ul Madaris Al-Arabia, Moulana Muhammad Hanif Jalandhry.  We’re very pleased that the Revd Rana Khan, who has been working with the Archbishop of Canterbury on inter faith matters, will be with us for both the Pakistan and the London events.

The London Boroughs Faiths Network is working with Stockwell Green Community Services and Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network to implement this initiative.  The Department for International Development is following our progress.

If you would like to register your interest for the London event, please let us know.  Lord Bates has kindly agreed to become a patron of the London Peace Network.  We are hoping he will be with us, along with the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Minister for International Development.

If you would like to send your (or your network’s) greetings to Pakistan, use the comment box or email us, but let us know quickly!

Occasional Papers published

Occasional Papers published

Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future - picThis booklet was published on the International Day of Peace in 2012 by the Cordoba Foundation.  It was distributed internationally through Islamic Centres, religious networks and online.

The lead article by Dr Mustafa Ceric was read to congregations in mosques across Bosnia on 21st September.

Messages of support from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Jeremy Gilley and others are included.

Hard copies are available from the Cordoba Foundation.

It is estimated that over 320 Islamic centres in the UK participated in the International Day of Peace initiative, over 500 overseas in at least 25 countries and over one million people participated worldwide.

Men’s campaign: never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women

Today is White Ribbon Day.  Men are actively campaigning and committing themselves to this statement:

I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.

Restoring Dignity is a great resource for religious and non-religious people who want to learn more.  It looks at different traditions and teachings.

Myth: Violence against women is religiously sanctioned.
FACT: No faith condones violence against women or the degradation of women’s dignity.

“Ever since I was a wee boy in the playground I’ve hated violence. Violence against anyone. But I’m particularly opposed to violence against women: It’s the action of a coward. I’m dead against it.”  Brian Cox, Actor (from White Ribbon Campaign)

White Ribbon Day has lots more ideas and resources, including Restored (Christian resources) and Islam and Domestic Violence.

Release the Peace | Concert O2 Indigo | Sunday 28 October

 

There are two people in London who are always on the look-out for great stories about teenagers.  They know there’s a lot of good stuff going on, top young people who are doing amazing work which no-one really knows about.

Margaret & Barry Mizen are finding out who the brave, innovative, peace-making, funny, talented and fantastic young people are and inviting some of them to a brilliant concert on Sunday 28 October at the O2, Greenwich.  The Peace Car will probably be there and the whole Release The Peace team will be welcoming everyone.

The line-up includes Shayne Ward, Sam Gray, Raven, Abi Phillips, Dru Blu, Mason Noise, Valve Control & Nick Woods – wow!

Download the flyer and look for tickets here.

Picture of Peace – competition for young people

Peace is precious and beautiful. 

What brings you peace or makes you think of peace? 

Produce a piece of artwork or write a poem that expresses your idea of peace.

Great new competition from the Islamic Society of Britain – thank you Julie!  Circulate the flyer to your local schools and youth groups – closing date for the competition is 7th December!  Download the flyer and find the competition rules and all the details here.

First Hate Crime Awareness Week launches at St Paul’s Cathedral

Candles were lit under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral to remember the people who have been killed in acts of hate against their identity – their race, disability, religion, sex, age or sexual orientation.

A sorrowful C15th carol, set to music by Benjamin Britten, was sung at the start of a service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week.  The voice soared into the dome of the Cathedral.

Lully, lullay, lully, lullay,

The falcon hath born my make away.

(Jeff Buckley’s recording here)

Canon Mark Oakley, Revd Alan Green, Beverley Smith (Hate Crime Disability Network) and Mark Healey (17-24-30, which organises the Trafalgar Square vigils) spoke simply and directly about the impact of hate crime – the fear, the violence, the grief, the repercussions.  They also spoke of hope and of working together so effectively that hate crime becomes unthinkable.

The London Peace Network/LBFN was honoured to be invited to light a candle in memory of people who have been killed because of their religion or their belief – or lack of it.  We also remembered the many who have been bullied or assaulted in Islamophobic, homophobic or other hate attacks.  The candles lit by members of different communities symbolised our commitment to work together against all forms of hate crime.

Letters of support were received from the Prime Minister, other party leaders and religious leaders.

A single candle is burning all week in a side chapel at St Paul’s, under the painting The Light of the World.  Canon Mark Oakley will take it to the Trafalgar Square vigil this Saturday.

The Facebook event page for the vigil is here.

Hate Crime Awareness | Act of Remembrance and Renewal at St Paul’s Cathedral 13 October

Vigil on Saturday 13th October at 6.30pm to remember people who have died as a result of hate crime at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Hate Crime Awareness Week launches on Saturday 13th October with a vigil and lighting of candles at St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4M 8AD at 6.30pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Download the details here.

17-24-30 is part of the London Peace Network and was started up in order to raise awareness about all forms of hate crime.  Each year events are organised to remember all victims of hate crime, including those who died and suffered as a result of the nail bomb attacks in three parts of London in 1999.  Asian, gay and Black people were targeted in the attacks on Brick Lane, Soho and Brixton.  Three people died and many more were injured.

Contact Mark Sealey and 17-24-30 at info@17-24-30.org if you’d like any further information.

You may also be interested in Nothing Holy About Hatred which is encouraging people from all religious traditions to sign this pledge,

“I believe there’s Nothing Holy About Hatred. I am against homophobia, and the bullying, violence and damage it causes have no place in my community.”

21 September | Hussaini Mission Isleworth

At the Hussaini Mission in Isleworth, the UN International Day of Peace was mentioned in the sermon, followed by an innovative interfaith programme.

There was an art exhibition and religious leaders from the Jewish, Christian (both Catholic and protestant), Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim (both Sunni and Shia) spoke.

The event included the local MP and councillors.  Two main Pakistan TV stations covered it, Geo TV and Ary TV, as well as the local paper and the leading Pakistani paper the Jang.

At the end of the programme, 14 candles were lit by all the leaders involved.

The food was excellent!

Thank you to all at the Husseini Mission and to Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi.