Film Premiere 21 September #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship

Film Premiere 21 September #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship

londonisopen-21-septJoin the London Peace Network, artists, film-makers and religious leaders at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square for the premiere of a new short film, followed by a peace breakfast to mark the UN International Day of Peace.

Register here by 20 September to join us on Wednesday 21 September 8am – 9am.  Download the flyer.

The film shows London places of worship open and welcoming and is the first in a series of short films and events.

The film will be shown at Southwark Cathedral on 1 October in the presence of the Mayor of London, who initiated the #LondonIsOpen campaign.

We look forward to seeing you!

Peace Pilgrimage starts out!

Peace Pilgrimage starts out!

RTP Invite

To mark the Dalai Lama’s visit to the UK, his work for peace and his 80th birthday, Road to Peace Films are setting out today on a 200 mile peace walk from London to Glastonbury.  Present-day troubadours, they’ll be making music, telling stories and showing their films as they go on their way.  They will be offered board and lodging by well-wishers.  Check the map and see if you are on the Peace Pilgrimage route!  Bethan Lloyd is the person to contact

Queen’s Speech: reconciliation & truce

Queen’s Speech: reconciliation & truce

In her Christmas broadcast today, the Queen mentioned not only the Christmas Truce during WWI, but also the ancient Olympic Truce, which was the inspiration for the London Peace Network.

She spoke of reconciliation and peace, and of how the example of Jesus Christ, whose birth is celebrated at Christmas, has led her to respect and value “all people of whatever faith or none.”

“Sometimes it seems that reconciliation stands little chance in the face of war and discord. But, as the Christmas truce a century ago reminds us, peace and goodwill have lasting power in the hearts of men and women.”

Watch the broadcast here and find the full text here.

The meaning of Jerusalem – Peace Café

The meaning of Jerusalem – Peace Café

Peace Cafe 1A rich discussion on what Jerusalem means to us from our different traditions – at the first Peace Café.  Not the easiest of topics – but we learned from each other’s stories, experiences and from our shared and diverse histories.

People brought delicious food from across the continents: Bangladeshi biscuits, a fragrant rose water dish from Mauritius, rice and dal from India, dates from North Africa, trifle from England, pizza from Italy and hummus from Israel.  It was a feast!

Join us next time on 12 January 6-8pm – bring a dish to share or bring ingredients to cook as we gather together.

Silence, prayers, action for peace in the Middle East

Silence, prayers, action for peace in the Middle East

Join us on Tuesday 5 August 4pm – 5.30pm.

The Christian Muslim Forum and St Ethelburga’s are bringing people together from all faiths and none in the Tent at St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, EC2.

“We watch the news in great distress as we see our Jewish, Christian and Muslim sisters and brothers being killed and on the receiving end of atrocities in Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Egypt.

We aim, through various inter faith and peace initiatives, to model the way of peaceful dialogue while petitioning our leaders and politicians to use their influence and intervene constructively.

However, clicking on internet petitions and speaking out can seem like small actions or that our voices are not being heard. What can we do?”

More information here – places are limited and booking essential.  Bring a prayer or meditation with you if you wish.

Update: the Tent was packed to capacity -view photos here.

Peace conference in London: 15 September

Peace conference in London: 15 September

Heads up on a timely event on Monday 15 September – a peace-building conference at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London to mark the UN International Day of Peace.

st ethelburga workshopPeace-Building in the 21st Century: Celebrating Achievements and Hopes, Confronting Real Issues

  • skills-based workshops
  • tackling conflict in non-violent ways
  • panel discussions
  • hot topics of concern

Save the date – more information coming soon …

We don’t want you here

We don’t want you here

From the Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace.  This is what they say:

“All of us are going through difficult, sensitive and emotional days. But it’s time for someone to stand up and say what is on everybody’s mind. Even though it hurts.

We invite you to watch, and if you agree with our message we invite you to share and support it. It’s important that everyone knows the truth.”

A Taste of World Music | War and the World 1914

A Taste of World Music | War and the World 1914

Final-flierSt John’s Church, Waterloo, SE1, is hosting a special concert on 28 June at 7.30pm.

It is part of War and the World 1914, the Waterloo Festival’s theme this year and will be “a fantastic celebration of world cultures”.  Artists include:

Reem Kelani
Reem says, “I realised that my vocation was to present the Palestinian narrative through music to a world which struggles to admit that we even exist, let alone that we might have a distinctive and beautiful cultural identity.

Seeds of Creation

Founded by legend Seddik Zebiri, Seeds of Creation brew an excellent blend of traditional Berber music fused with Afro-Blues, Jazz and raw Psychadelic sounds that will transport you deep into the heart of the Sahara.


Mackenzie/Bidgood are a two piece acoustic outfit specialising in Folk, Bluegrass and Shanties. They are constantly folkin’ all over London town and host the monthly Folk Sessions at The Old Red Lion, Kennington.

Download the flyer here.  More information is on the Festival’s Facebook page and tickets (£12, concessions £8) can be booked here.


Governance, Islamic law and conflict resolution

A Roundtable event to launch a research paper will take place on Monday 9 June at 6.30pm at the University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW.

Speakers include Prof John Esposito, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi, University of Westminster and the author of the paper, Imam Shafiur Rahman.

Further details from The Cordoba Foundation.