Faith in Lancaster

Local interfaith group promoting harmony through diversity

Food, Faith & Friendship

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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.

Faithshare 171016

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MONDAY 17TH October.  Starting at 7.30 pm in Room 2, Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster.
This month the topic is “Creation Stories: How do they Impact on our Faiths and Lives?”
All are welcome to join us and join in the discussion. As always with our Faith Share events the meeting is very informal with some people bringing something along that they have prepared to read out or spark discussion and others just coming along without anything prepared.
Whatever your faith and even with no particular faith tradition you are made equally welcome.

Faithshare 210916

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Our next Faithshare will be on Tuesday 20th September,starting at 7.30 p.m.
In the William Stout Room (note, not Room 2), Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster

The following day, Wednesday 21st September, is International Day of Peace; so our topic for this Faithshare meeting will be
“Faith and Paths to Peace”

As always, everyone is welcome, so do come along and bring your friends too. If you would like to bring a short piece of textual writing from your own faith tradition, a poem or other piece of writing (including something you have written yourself), or a picture or object that has personal meaning on the theme, to share with the rest of the group at the Faithshare, that would be great. If you do not want to `present’ anything, and wish to simply be part of the group as we explore and reflect upon the relationship between faith and paths to peace, please know that this is equally welcomed and respected. Faithshare meetings give us all an opportunity to meet together in a safe and respectful space in which to share our own beliefs, understandings, experiences, traditions and practices with each other; and to learn more about each others’ beliefs, understanding, experiences, traditions and practices.

Faith and Free Will

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Everyone is welcome to come along and explore this topic and we hope that people from a variety of different faiths (and those of no particular faith tradition) will join us.

We will be in Room 2 at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster for conversation , discussion, community and a sharing of minds and most importantly, hearts.

7:30pm Monday 23rd May

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

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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.

Faithshare April 24th

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Our next FAITHSHARE meeting, on the theme of “How does our faith benefit the community”, is on THURSDAY 24th APRIL, and will be in ROOM 1 at the Quaker Meeting House, starting at usual time of 7.30 p.m.

This topic was raised at the last faithshare by one of the attendees who wondered if there was some way that Faith in Lancaster might contribute to the local community in ways that were perhaps more practical and of a charitable nature.

This raises the important question, how do our faiths view the wider community? What is their relationship to it? Does charity have an important message to convey to the charitable doer as much as to the receiver.

How does faith enable practitioners to reach out and participate with others who do not have the same view as themselves?

If you have any other questions please bring them along and if you have any answers please do share them with us.

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/