National Interfaith Week November 2019

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019

National Interfaith Week, this year occurs between Sat 9th and Sun 17th November, for which the Birmingham Council of Faiths is again coordinating the Birmingham programme. Interfaith Week aims to strengthen interfaith relations at all levels; increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and wider society; and to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. The event will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor at the Launch event in the Council House at 2.0pm on Wed 6th Nov. Please let me know if you wish to attend.

We interpret the week liberally in the Birmingham programme to avoid too many clashes of dates. Including the launch event, there are 15 events in total. They are all open for anyone to attend except for those stated to be CLOSED or by INVITATION. There is a wide range of activities including discussions, celebrations, spiritual reflection, health and environmental seminars, and a fun evening. Please note where it is necessary to register in advance to attend events.

I have listed brief details of the 15 activities below. Full details are available in our the main pages of our printed booklet which you can view on our website at bhamfaiths.org.uk or can be picked up at our Launch Event on 6th November.

Please find below, in chronological order, our Birmingham programme of events taking place during National Interfaith Week.

These are registered with IFN (Interfaith Network) www.interfaith.org.uk, which is responsible for the overall programme across the UK and listed on the website of the Birmingham Council of Faiths at www.bhamfaiths.org.uk. We hope that you will find something of interest and attend one or more of these events.

Further details of specific events can be obtained from the person listed, or in difficulty please contact the coordinator of the programme Dr Peter Rookes at pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, or phone 077033 36088. I look forward to seeing you at one, or more, of the events.

 

 Sat 2nd Nov, 11.0 am – 4.0 pm, Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, Faiths Gallery, BMAG, Chamberlain Square

Tues 5th Nov, 12.30 - 2.0pm,  Multifaith Diwali, Bandi Chhor and Guru Nanak Celebration, QE Hospital Multifaith Centre, B15 2TH

Wed 6th Nov, 2.0-4.30, Launch Event, Council House, Victoria Square

Thurs 7th Nov. 11.00-4.00 (Registration 10.45), Seminar – ‘First 1000 Days (of life)’, QE Hospital Education Centre

Fri 8th Nov,  6.0-8.30pm, Religiophobia discussion, MEND Offices, 28 George Street, B12 9RG

Sat 9th Nov, 10.40-11.30 Remembrance Service, Scout War Memorial, Cannon Hill Park, Pershore Road, B5 7RL

Sun10th Nov, 11.30 am – 5.0pm, Towards a Better Understanding of Israel/Palestine part 2, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St,  B4 6AF

Sun 10th Nov, 5.0-7.0pm, Family Fortunes Evening, Clifton Road Mosque, B12 8SX

Mon 11th – Fri 15th Nov, School Interfaith Activities, CLOSED event for pupils of, King Edwards VI Camphill School for Boys, B14 7QJ

Mon 11th Nov, 11.45 am - 1 pm, Celebration of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh and the BábQE Hospital Faith& Community Centre

Mon 11th Nov, 7.0 - 9.0pm,  Listening to Different Experiences, St Anne’s Church, Park Hill, Moseley, B13 8DU

Wed 13th Nov, 12.00-3.0pm, Multifaith Appreciation, CLOSED event for Birmingham City University Students.

Thurs 14th Nov, 7.0 – 9.0pm, Dialogue and Dinner, By INVITATION only,  Manaret Foundation, 155 New Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3DX

Sun17th Nov, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Tread Lightly on this Earth, Shree Ram Mandir (Hindu Temple), 8 Walford Rd,  Birmingham B11 1NR

Mon 18th Nov, 7.45 – 9.0pm, Faiths and Reflection, Clifton Road Mosque, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8SX

For our café church evening on Sunday 10th November we will be going to the Family Fortunes evening at Clifton Road Mosque in Balsall Heath, B12 8SX, which starts at 5.0pm. Please let me know if you would like to attend.

Peter  Dr. Peter Rookes, pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, 077033 36088.  

 

 

Saturday 2nd November, 11.0 am – 4.0 pm                   

Title of Event –  Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb

Location –  Faiths Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

Accessibility – Full access, including wheelchair; city-centre parking.

Description – The celebration includes a programme of live musical performances, storytelling, children’s art activities, and a showing of the film Dawn of the Light at 3 pm

The organisation holding the event – The Bahá’ís of Birmingham, in conjunction with the Community Engagement Team at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Free Entry

Contact – Mrs Sylvia Girling – 0121 251 6875, Sylvia.girling[at]googlemail[dot]com, Mrs Jean Rahmanian – rahmanian99[at]hotmail[dot]com

 

Tuesday 5th November, 12.30 - 2.0pm

Title of Event – Multifaith Diwali, Bandi Chhor and Guru Nanak Celebration

Location – Faith& Community Centre (1st floor), QE Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, B15 2TH

Accessibility – Full access, including wheelchair; Hospital parking.

Description – Joint celebration of Diwali, Bandi Chhor and Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birthday, Light Refreshments

The organisation holding the event – Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Contact  - 0121 371 4574, Chaplaincy[at]uhb.nhs[dot]uk

 

Wednesday 6th November, 2.0-4.30 pm

Title of Event – National Interfaith Week, Birmingham Launch

Location – Committee Rooms 3 and 4, Birmingham City Council House, Victoria Square

Accessibility – First floor, steps or lift

Description – This is the start of the Birmingham programme and will be launched by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Azim, Honorary President, Birmingham Council of Faiths. Presentations, cultural events and networking. The full list of events will be available.

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham Council of Faiths in partnership with Birmingham City Council

Free Entry by invitation

Contact – Dr Peter Rookes, Secretary and 3rd Sector Liaison Officer, Birmingham Council of Faiths. Register on Eventbrite or pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, text 077033 36088.

 

Thursday 7th November. 11.00-4.00 (Registration 10.45)

Title of Event – Seminar – ‘First 1000 Days (of life)’

Location – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Education Centre, upstairs from the main foyer

Accessibility – Bus or train to University/QE Hospital. Fee-paying carpark. Lift from foyer to 1st floor

Description – The seminar will explore the antenatal, birth, postnatal and early years from a public health, midwives, health visitor’s, obstetrician’s, paediatricians. chaplain’s and parenting perspective. The seminar is aimed at health workers, volunteers, voluntary and community services, faith groups, chaplains, educationists, parents and carers.

The organisation holding the event – BCF: Faiths Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Free Entry

Contact – Register with Eventbrite or Dr Peter Rookes, pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, text 077033 36088.

 

Friday 8th November,  6.0-8.30pm

Title of Event - Religiophobia

Location - MEND Offices, 28 George Street, Birmingham B12 9RG

Accessibility - Some parking available in carpark or street parking.

Description - This event aims to gather an interfaith community for the purpose of discussion and resolutions. The theme will tightly focus on ‘how to maintain religious rights and values in today’s society’.

The organisation holding the event – MEND

Free Entry

Contact - Haniya Aadam, Haniya.aadam[at]mend.org[dot]uk, 07958997079, Mend.org.uk

 

Saturday 9th November, 10.40 – 11.30 am

Title of Event – Remembrance Service

Location – The Scout War Memorial (rear of Nature Centre), Cannon Hill Park, Pershore Road, B5 7RL

Accessibility – Parking (charges apply), wheelchair access

Description – Annual service of remembrance

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham County Scouts

Free Entry

Contact – birminghamscouts.org.uk

 

Sunday 10th November, 11.30 am – 5.0pm

Title of the event - Towards a Better Understanding of Israel/Palestine part 2                               

Location - Bull St Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St,  B4 6AF

Accessibility - The building is fully accessible with disabled toilets and a loop system

Description - Arriving from 11.30 am for registration and refreshments we will enjoy a bring and share lunch together from 12.30 pm and then show the film ‘Two-Sided Story’, which carries a powerful message about those bereaved on both sides and how they come together to work for the good of all. This will be followed by small group discussion, a break for tea and coffee and a full group consideration of the issues and our plans for the future.

The organisation holding the event - Central England Quakers and Bull Street Quaker Meeting

Contact - Claire Bowman, 07753635438, Claire.s.bowman[at]gmail[dot]com   centralenglandquakers.org.uk 

 

 

Sunday 10th November, 5.0-7.0pm

Title of Event – Interfaith Family Fortunes Evening

Location – Clifton Road Mosque, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8SX

Accessibility – Carpark and street parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, loop system

Description – A social and networking event to celebrate friendship in a fun way. Dinner will be served

The organisation holding the event – Clifton road interfaith committee.

Free Entry

Contact – https://www.ksmnet.org, cliftoninterfaith[at]gmail[dot]com, Book via Eventbrite

 

Monday 11Th – Friday 15th November             

Title of Event – School Interfaith Activities

Location – King Edwards VI Camphill School for Boys, B14 7QJ.

Accessibility – This is a closed event for school students only

Description – Event for students of the school only. During the week we will have guest speakers and activities to celebrate the large amounts of faiths which exist in our community. We hope that together we can show the rich diverse makeup of Birmingham.

The organisation holding the event – King Edward VI Camphill School for Boys

Contact – in14grewa607[at]camphillboys.bham.sch[dot]uk

 

Monday 11th November, 11.45am - 1pm

Title of Event – Celebration of the Anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb

Location – Faith& Community Centre (1st floor), QE Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, B15 2TH

Accessibility – Full access, including wheelchair; Hospital parking.

Description – Programme with readings, prayers and music, recounting aspects of the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, as well as celebrating the Bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith Who came to prepare for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham Baha’i Community in conjunction with QE Chaplaincy

Free Entry

Contact – Mrs Violet Owen, tel: 0121 - 449 1241, Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Birmingham – lsa.birmingham[at]gmail[dot]com, owenrgo[at]gmail[dot]com

 

Monday 11th November, 7.0 - 9.0pm

Title of Event –  Listening to Different Experiences

Location – St Anne’s Church, Park Hill, Moseley, B13 8DU

Accessibility – parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, loop system

Description –  Relevant issues: listening to one another’s explanations of perceptions/experience, discussion of difference, identity, tradition, priorities, our reasons for preference, prejudice, language, literalism, confrontation, the vision of the future, generosity and hope

The organisation holding the event –  Faith Contributors to Richard Tetlow’s book ‘Perceptions of Christianity from People of Different Faiths’

Free Entry

Contact – Richard Tetlow, 0121 449 4892 richardtetlow[at]btinternet[dot]com

 

Wednesday 13th November, 12.00-3.0pm

Title of Event – Multifaith Appreciation Event

Location –  Birmingham City University, The Curzon Building, B4 7BD

Accessibility – CLOSED Event for students and staff of Birmingham City University

Description –  Stalls by different religions, freebies, candle lighting, tea and biscuits, faith calendar, faith displays and flyer distribution around interfaith.

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham City University Students’ Union in collaboration with the University.

Free Entry

Contact – Kathy-Zoe Baira, 07494941476, 01213316831, Union.EquityandInclusion[at]bcu.ac[dot]uk, www.bcusu.com

 

Thursday 14th November, &.0 – 9.0pm

Title of Event – Dialogue and Dinner

Location – Manaret Foundation, 155 New Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3DX

Accessibility – car parking, the event is upstairs

Description – This is an informal opportunity to explore the work of the Foundation, followed by dinner.

The organisation holding the event – Manaret Foundation

Free Entry, but by invitation only.

Contact – Dr Peter Rookes, Secretary and 3rd Sector Liaison Officer, BCF, pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, 077033 36088

 

Sunday 17th November, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm followed by food

Title of Event – Tread Lightly on this Earth 2019

Location – Shree Ram Mandir (Hindu Temple), 8 Walford Rd,  Birmingham B11 1NR

Accessibility – Wheelchair access (contact for details) & disabled toilet.  There is some street parking in the neighbourhood but there is no dedicated accessible parking.

Description – (1.30 Optional Tour of Shree Ram Mandir) 

2.00 pm Presentations and discussions –Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment speaking about the  Birmingham Climate Emergency and Sparkbrook;  SEWA  (Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All)  -  humanitarian non-profit service organization and other, plus other speakers from local environmental and community initiatives – transport, air pollution, health, green spaces.  Followed by a faith and environment community fair with bases where you can learn, have fun, get ideas and meet other groups that taking action.

4:30 Food – Gujarati vegetarian meal provided by the Mandir volunteer cooks.

This year’s Tread Lightly conference follows Birmingham City Council declared in June 2019 a ‘climate emergency’.  The emergency declaration commits the council to ‘taking communities with us’ in seeking to be net-zero by 2030.   This year’s Tread Lightly conference will engage with diverse stakeholders in one local area of Birmingham, to discover what concerns people have, and how that relates to the climate emergency.

The organisation holding the event – BCF Footsteps – Faiths for a Low Carbon Future

Free Entry

Contact – Chris Martin, Footsteps secretary.  0121 475 2088,   Email: footstepsbcf[at]gmail[dot]com,    https://footstepsbcf.org.uk/events/tread-lightly-on-this-earth-2019/

 

Monday 18th November, 7.45 – 9.0pm

Title of Event – Faiths and Reflection

Location – Clifton Road Mosque, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8SX

Accessibility – Carpark and street parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, loop system

Description – A evening of spiritual reflection from an Islamic perspective

The organisation holding the event – Clifton road interfaith committee.

Free Entry

Contact – https://www.ksmnet.org, cliftoninterfaith[at]gmail[dot]com,