SEEFF Newsletter Spring 2018

SEEFF 2018 Annual Conference

South East England Faith Forum’s 2018 Annual Conference focuses on Intolerance and how we engage with the Intolerant. 

During this day conference, prominent speakers will discuss and answer questions about intolerance of all forms; from Prevent to Apostasy, from Honour Killing to LGBT+
The first part of the conference will focus on the government’s Prevent agenda, what are the measures taken against radicalisation and how it finds its voice on the ground. 
The second part includes speakers who will talk about their personal experiences of intolerance. Hear first hand stories of exclusion, murder and the courage of those who is prepared to stand against intolerance. 
The speakers of the conference are: 
Morning Speakers: Abu Ahmed, Home Office Prevent Officer; Naheem Bashir, Prevent Lead Slough Brough Council; Mark Spencer, Chief Inspector – Deputy LPA Commander Thames Valley Police; Rabbi Jonathan Romain, Minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire
Afternoon Speakers: Hari Parekh, formerly of the Hindu faith, now Humanist, speaking on apostasy and intolerance; Sarbjit Athwal & Rtd Dt Sgt Clive Driscoll speaking on honour killing; Alison Webster, Christian, Author of “Found Out, Transgressive faith and sexuality”

The Chair of the conference will be Mrs Margaret Lenton, former Head Teacher, Magistrate and former Mayoress of Windsor and Maidenhead

For the programme of the conference: SEEFF Annual Conference 2018 Programme
The conference will take place at the Newbold College at Binfield, RG42 4AN on 25th October between 10am-4pm, with a vegetarian buffet lunch included. 
Registration is via Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/yczasrok 
Alternatively contact: Emel Soylu at 07446129154 or emel@art-beyond-belief.com


SEEFF Spring 2018 Newsletter

“One thing that does seem to be consistent with the observance of our faiths is the gathering together to help each other through our presence and prayers. But what happens if we do not have our own place to gather? If it is the generosity of another’s tradition that enables us to gather each week for common worship, but no space for extras, then we need to thank our benefactors but also strive to find our own place. “

Contents of this issue…

p.2  ‘How Tolerant must we be of Intolerant – SEEFF 2018 Conference;  Events In and Around the South East;  The Differences between Commercial and Charity Accounting;  pp.2-7  Interfaith Calendar and Information; p.7  Websites for Religious News     p.8  Dates for your Diary 2018;  Next Issue of the SEEFF Newsletter

Dates for your Diary

EqualiTeas  18 June-2 July

Find out more and register for your free EqualiTeaspack equaliteas.org.uk

UK Parliament Week12 – 18 November

Find out more and register for yourfreePartner Kitpack  ukparliamentweek.org.uk

There are also government resources for the celebration of 100 years of women’s franchise available at  parliament.uk/vote100

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SEEFF 2017 Annual Conference

Chaplaincy in a Plural Society, Faiths in Service

SEEFF 2017 Annual Conference was held on 17 October 2017 at at the Performance Arts Centre of Worth Abbey, Crawley.


The conference heard key speakers Dr Shakil Malik, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Canon David Wilbraham, Force Chaplain Thames Valley Police and National Police Chaplain followed by joint presentations on Multi-faith Chaplaincy by Dr Amra Bone, Chaplain Bristol University, lecturer in Islamic Studies, Mrs Parkash Sohal, Sikh Chaplain to Birmingham University Hospitals, and Mrs Man Kaur, Hindu Chaplain to Birmingham University Hospitals.

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Following a vegetarian buffet lunch, guests had a short tour of Worth Abbey while the SEEFF board members had their AGM. In the afternoon there were three workshop sessions:

Hospital context – Dr John Geater MBE (PRIME healthcare educator) and Rev. Graham Atfield (Chaplain of Conquest Hospital, Hastings)
, University context – Chris McDermott, Lead Chaplain, University of Sussex
 & Crisis context – Canon Jonathan Baldwin Chaplain Gatwick Airport

The workshops were followed by a Plenary Session that heard Bishop Richard Moth – RC Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Former RC Bishop to the UK Forces


Conference ended with remarks from Bede Gerrard, Chair of South East England Faiths Forum

For full report of the conference click here.

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A new resource by the Interfaith Network UK – 

Looking After One Another: The Safety and Security of our Faith Communities

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 09.32.49Practical pointers for responding jointly to attacks on places of worship; working for calm in times of tension; and working to build and strengthen good inter faith relations.

This document is published by the Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN) in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.

The document contains guidance on responding jointly to attacks on places of worship; working for calm at times of tension; and working to build on and strengthen existing good inter faith relations. It contains material about how and where to report hate incidents, cyber-attacks, and actual or suspected terrorist activity; where to find information on strengthening the security of buildings; and where to find information about working to build – and strengthen – good inter faith relations locally.

These practical pointers for responding in solidarity have particular resonance at the present time when there is a need to watch out for the wellbeing of any groups who may be targeted because of terrorist actions which claim, or are perceived by some, as having a link to them.

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Oxford faith walkThis annual Oxford interfaith event was boosted this year by people from many different faiths and none who gathered out side the Oxford Jewish Centre with greetings from a past president of the community and prayers from Rabbi Norman Solomon and Bishop Steven Croft.  Holding brightly coloured balloons and with banners unfurled the 300 or so walkers set out for St Giles Churchyard.  Greeted by the bells ringing from the church tower we were met by more people and the boys choir. Greeted by the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bunch and the bishop of Dorchester, Rt Revd Colin Fletcher and the City Rector, V Revd Bob Wilkes who spoke of the importance of walking together especially when times are difficult.

The walk is organised by the Friendship Interfaith Walk sub-Committee, of Oxford Council of Faiths, which Mrs Faust co-chairs alongside Jawaid Malik, who is a trustee of The Central Mosque in Oxford.

Event organisers raised over £1,200 through a charity collection at the meal, part of which will be put towards next year’s walk.