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Local interfaith group promoting harmony through diversity

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AGM 2017

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Faith in Lancaster Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 4th July, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, in the William Stout Room, Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster.

(Please click on the poster image above for a full size pdf file to download)

There will of course be the usual, but very important business of an AGM – reports from the Chair on FiL activities over the past 12 months, the Treasurer’s report and a summary of Faithshares held, plus the important election (or re-election) of officers (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) and other members of the FiL committee. Please do consider standing as a committee member and helping Faith in Lancaster develop and grow in vibrancy and as a useful contributor to our local community.

There will also be a short presentation by Gail Capstick and the Transition Approaches to Death and Dying group from Transition City Lancaster on the choices we face in arranging for a funeral and how environmentally-friendly these different choices are.

Additionally we shall be holding an exhibition of art from the work of local artist Hilary Devereux, who will also be singing some devotional music, accompanying herself on her harmonium.

We are hoping we may also have some music by performers from other faith traditions. As always, of course, there will be light refreshments to enjoy during informal social time too!

Food, Faith & Friendship

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food-and-faithshare201116

Sunday 20th November 3pm – 5pm

The William Stout Room, Friends Meeting House, Lancaster.

Faith in Lancaster’s event for Interfaith Week, jointly organised and facilitated with the Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary group, is an opportunity for us to meet people from other faith traditions and cultural backgrounds, to extend friendship to each other and to newcomers in our midst, to share food and discuss its significance, and share in prayers and blessings from each others’ faith traditions.

We invite you to come along and bring your friends and neighbours. Everyone is welcome to this “Bring and Share” event. Please bring vegetarian savoury or sweet snack foods to share. If these foods have a significance in your faith tradition, you might want to talk about their significance. You might also want to bring a small artefact, a short reading or a picture that is significant in your faith tradition and to share the significance for your faith. Perhaps there is a prayer or blessing from your faith tradition, either one that is said over food, or one that focuses upon friendship, that you would like to share with everyone at this event. Food, Faith and Friendship – Everyone welcome!

There is no admission charge to the event, but donations will be welcomed, which will be shared between Faith in Lancaster and also the City of Sanctuary group for the support of the refugees in our area.

We have heard that refugee families of women and children have now begun to arrive in Lancaste, joining some men that arrived earlier this year and the East Meets West group are providing welcome and support for them. They and The Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary group would be grateful for donations of new and also used but in good condition winter clothing for the refugees, including hats, scarves, gloves, boots, warm and waterproof jackets and coats. For further details of what is required (sizes, etc) and information about where to take donations of clothing (or money donations toward cost of clothing) please contact admin@lancaster.cityofsanctuary.org

If you want to help publicising this event please download the poster food-and-faithshare201116 and print it off to place it in your window or in your local shop window.

Next week sees the marking of ten years since the 7/7 bombings in London.  This is the anniversary of a profoundly disturbing moment in our recent history in the UK.

As that anniversary approaches, many will be gathering to remember those who died and pray for understanding, justice and peace.

On Friday, many British people were among those who met an appalling death in Tunisia, with others left seriously injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and friends.

These attacks have in common with the murders of 7/7, the attempted justification of appalling acts in the name of Islam by their perpetrators. Despite their condemnation by Muslim organisations and individuals, this is an anxious time for many in the UK – not just because of the impact of overseas events on inter faith relations here but also because of the wider issues of extremism and radicalisation.

It is not just Muslims who suffer the impact of hatred and ignorance. Last week white supremacist Zack Davies was convicted of attempting to murder Dr Sarandev Bhambra of the Sikh community in Mold last year.  And this coming weekend, a neo-Nazi rally is planned in Golders Green, on the Sabbath, in one of the areas with a very large Jewish community.

Inter faith initiatives at every level have an important role to play in offering reassurance and friendship at times of anxiety and solidarity where people feel under threat, in sustaining dialogue and also enabling discussions about the tough issues we face.

A one-day national meeting for local inter faith groups is being held on 30 July in London by IFN, following a similar day in Sheffield earlier this year. Responding to extreme voices will be among the topics.  But so, too, will faith trails, working with local government, religious literacy, developing successful inter faith programmes and many other topics.  That is a reminder that inter faith engagement is not just about responding to tension and difficulty or solidarity – vital though this is. It is also about continuing to plan, vision and act for a harmonious and peaceful present and future in the UK.

Best wishes,

The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE, Co-Chair

Vivian Wineman,  Co-Chair

Dr Girdari L Bhan, Vice-Chair

Mohinder Singh Chana,  Vice-Chair

Maulana M Shahid Raza OBE, Vice-Chair

The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Vice-Chair

Inter Faith Network for the UK

2 Grosvenor Gardens

London

SW1W 0DH

AGM June 2nd 2015

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Please feel free to join us at our yearly get together to discuss the way forward for 2015.

We look forward to seeing you.

If you can download a poster and display it anyway then please do so here – Faith in Lancaster June 2nd Poster

Our Interfaith Bazaar on the theme of `Inspirations for Peace’ will be held on WEDNESDAY, 19th NOVEMBER.

Starting at 7 pm, in the William Stout Room at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster,

There will be a variety of stalls representing a number of the different faith traditions in our local area. Come to the bazaar!  Visit the stalls to discuss and learn about the faiths’ beliefs and practices with regard to `inspirations for peace’.  Participate and share in meditation, prayer, silent reflection, singing… (only if you want to); ; and enjoy refreshments prepared by the East Meets West group.
See you at the Bazaar!
This event is part of the Interfaith Week Events held throughout the country, for details of all events in Lancashire click here.

AGM Tuesday June 17th

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Download Poster here at AGM June 2014

Please join us for what promises to be an exceptional talk and presentation that all will

enjoy. We owe it to ourselves to appreciate just how important we are to the universe.

A Multi-Faith Vigil for Earth Day (22nd April, 2014)
Faith, Creation and Climate Change

To be hosted at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, starting at 1930.

A reflective and meditative vigil conducted largely in silence and focusing on:

– the challenges of climate change
– the impacts on soil, water, animals and people
– the role of faith in responding to these challenges to the Earth

This event is open to all who care about the natural environment and what is happening to creation – those of all faiths and indeed people of no faith.

The event will start and finish in St. Martin’s Chapel. Weather permitting we will use a series of outside locations to focus on the different impacts listed above. Please therefore come prepared for outdoor conditions.

The total duration of the vigil will be around 1 hr. 15 mins. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards in the chapel.

This event is supported by Treading Lightly, a network associated with Churches Together Lancaster:
http://together.ourchurchweb.org.uk/lancaster/networks/networks/

Faith in Lancaster invites you to a talk and piano recital by

JORY DEBENHAM

entitled

“MELODIC RESISTANCE”

Stories and Music from the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

at 7:30pm on Wednesday 27th November 2013

to be held in The Meeting Room, Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, LA1 1TX

The evening will introduce the unique history of the Theresienstadt camp; the prisoners who overcame hardships to create profound musical works; and conclude with an excerpt from the last piano concerto written in the camp -Victor Ullmann’s 7th Piano Concerto.

(refreshments will be served during the evening)

All are welcome.

Faith in Lancaster AGM 2013 – We are thinking of doing things a little differently this year, with the AGM on June 27th and a separate recital event in July for those who enjoy the entertainment side of our yearly gathering.

WHEN? – Thursday June 27th, starting 7.30 pm – 9-30pm

WHERE? – William Stout Room, Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster.

There will be a discussion, led by the current Chair, Tony Haslam, with contributions by each of the members of the current Executive Committee, on the aims and objectives of Faith in Lancaster for the coming year. Next year’s Executive Committee needs clear guidance from all the members and interested parties so that they can plan to achieve these aims.

It is essential that, if you have a personal interest in following a faith in the Lancaster area, you should attend this meeting so that you can express your opinions and ideas about what a body such as Faith in Lancaster can offer to you by way of support for your own faith and for your own community.

After the discussion we will then ask for names to be put forward to take on roles within the Exec Committee from people who wish to carry out the agreed aims and objectives for the coming year. Please consider if you, yourself, would be able to take on some role, however minor!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please also bring with you some food and soft drinks to share so that we can enjoy socialising from 9:00 – 9:30pm.

The Faith Walk is definitely happening and happening soon.  It will take place on Thursday 20th September, and will be led by Stuart Langhorn, who organised and led last Summer’s very successful Faith Walk.
This year, our theme is Learning from the Past: Faith in the Face of Intolerance and Persecution.  We shall begin at 7.00 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, (outside the front door, weather permitting – inside the front porch if raining).  We have a full programme, so please arrive at the Quaker Meeting House between 6.50 – 6.55 if possible, so we can begin promptly at 7.00 p.m.  However, if you are unable to get there for 7 and want to join the walk later (or unable to manage the full walk and wish to join/eave at a different point of our route), you are very welcome to do so.  Also, for those unable to do the walk, there is parking available for cars at the Cathedral.  Here is a plan of our route, stopping points and rough guide to times:

7.00 Quaker Meeting House – Jenny Paull, a local Quaker and historian, will talk briefly about the early Quaker movement and the persecution, prosecution and imprisonment of George Fox and other Quakers faced for expressing and practising their faith.
7.10 – walk to Castle where  Jenny will tell us about the Castle’s role in the trials and imprisonments of people for their faith, notably Catholics, Protestants and Quakers.
7.30 – walk down Church Street and then up Moor Lane, stopping at Golden Lion pub (around 7.45) where I shall give the 5-minute version of my lecture on  the so-called `Pendle Witches’ – victims of fear and intolerance, and possibly amongst them at least one who died for her Catholic faith, rather  than because she was a witch.
7.55 – walk to the Methodist Chapel on Sulyard Street, where Stuart will tell us about John Wesley and the persecution he suffered as a result of preaching his message of faith.
8.10 – walk to Catholic Cathedral where Chris Robson – recently retired from his role as Treasurer and member of the Faith in Lancaster Committee – will talk about the Catholic Martyrs.
8.45 – walk to Boys’ Grammar School, where Stuart will tell us about the work he is doing, as the Head of Religious Education there, with pupils on the theme of learning from the past; and there will be light refreshments to enjoy from 9.00 p.m.