Twelve Years to Save the Planet?

SEEFF 2019 Annual Conference,

University of Surrey GU2 7HX

Monday 16 September 2019, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (Registration and Refreshments from 9.30 am)


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SEEFF Conference 2019 Registration Form

In 2016, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change commissioned a science-based report on climate change. Last October, it reported that without major action, in 12 years-time our planet will be irrevocably damaged.

During their climate protests in May 2019, the Group Extinction Rebellion called governments to “unite behind the science” to bring a swift end to the emission of greenhouse gasses and destruction of ecosystems around the world.

Pope John Paul II said that humans were put on the earth to look after everything on it. He said that God had a plan, and that we should be living in harmony with our fellow creatures, with creation and with God.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has said: “The message is clearly not getting through…

This is not a single-generation job. It is humanity’s job.”

Drawing on these and other calls to action, SEEFF’s annual conference this year will be examining faith, belief and non-faith perspectives on climate change, and the influence and impact that faith and non-faith groups can and should have on the future of our planet.

We will be bringing speakers together from different beliefs and traditions, to offer us their insights into attitudes to our common environment and responsibility for our planet. We are keen to hear from young people, and will be asking how we can best work together to maximise those twelve precious years.

The conference will be of great interest to decision-makers in environment, education, crisis management and the workplace, to faith leaders as well as the voluntary and community sector, Interfaith activists and anyone with an interest in informed responsibility for our planet’s future.

Please see:  SEEFF Annual Conference 2019 Provisional Program  |  SEEFF Conference Flyer 2019   |   SEEFF Conference 2019 Registration Form. There will also be an opportunity to attend SEEFF’s AGM.

We have secured some significant speakers (Biographies below) for our informative plenary sessions and also provide an opportunity for you to attend the Q&A Panel Session where questions to be collected during lunch break.

The Conference registration fee will be £10 inclusive of refreshment breaks and a vegetarian lunch. We will also ask the attendees to sign a pledge to save the planet. Please complete the registration form and submit as early as possible, but no later than Monday 2nd September 2019, to secure your place.

Thank you

South East England Faiths Forum

Speaker’s Biographies:

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman

Jeffrey Newman is founder of Shema, a new Jewish cross-denominational climate action & justice, environmental and sustainability network. Emeritus Rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue, he is also very involved with Extinction Rebellion and author of an article on Jews, non-violence and civil disobedience in a forthcoming Penguin

John Marder

John Marder has worked all his life in horticultural education and greenspace management, and is currently the Horticulture and Landscape Officer at Horsham Council and a Professional Associate of the RHS. He is a lifelong Buddhist practitioner, Interfaith Officer for the NBO and active in the Crawley Interfaith Network.

Kamal Preet Kaur

Kamal Preet Kaur, triple MA in media, film communication and comparative study of World Religions, is an experienced community journalist and radio and TV presenter. She works with young people and women within the Sikh community to promote their representation in their chosen fields. She has special interest in inter-faith and community relations. She is a representative of the Sikh Missionary Society UK.

John Paul

John Paul runs Ecological Conversion Group which aims to educate schools and parishes on ecological crisis and how to respond, putting faith into practice through living the ecological conversion. The Group works alongside the Catholic Bishop’s conference of England and Wales

Dr Jeremy Rodell

Jeremy Rodell is Dialogue Officer for Humanists UK, as well as a Trustee, and the leader of the local humanist group in south west London. He has a particular interest in the major changes taking place in the British religion and belief landscape, and the role of open and constructive interactions between people with humanist and religious worldviews

Kamran Shezad

Kamran Shezad is a Chartered Environmentalist with practical field and managerial experience in sustainable development extending over 17 years. He is the Director of Training for the Islamic Foundation for Environmental and Ecological Sciences (IFEES) and Sustainability Lead for the Bahu Trust (22 mosques around the UK). Kamran is also a full member of the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).

Justine Huxley

Justine Huxley is the CEO of St Ethelburga’s and leads on vision and strategy.  She has developed programme strands at St Ethelburga’s that include deep adaptation (a faith response to climate breakdown); spiritual ecology (an interfaith and inter spiritual approach to ecological action) and Refugee Allies (interfaith action for displaced peoples). Justine is relentlessly passionate about building a world rooted in compassion and our interdependence with each other and with Earth. A focus of her work includes advancing the next generation of leaders and peace-makers and building resilience for a dystopian future. Her first book, Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a collection of interviews with young adults living a radical new vision of faith and action.  Justine has a Ph.D in psychology and previously worked in the business world


SEEFF Statement on the NZ Mosque Terror Attacks

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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