Chris Hewer is back in Sheffield early in July and will be leading his introductory day on Islam in 4 different venues in and around Sheffield: –
St Peter’s Methodist Church, Green Lane, Dronfield on Saturday July 1st
St Joseph’s RC Church, Swinston Rd, Dinnington, S25 2RX on Tuesday July 4th
Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Manchester Rd, S10 on Friday July 7th
Hoyland Methodist Church, Market Street, Hoyland, S74 9QR on Sat July 8th
All these days run from 10.00 am – 3.30 pm. There is no charge, although donations will be welcome on the day. Please bring a packed lunch. For further details and to book a place please contact Rev Liz Wills on 0114 261 0732, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Chris, his experience and work in the field of Understanding Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, go to www.chrishewer.org
As previously publicised here, this weekend is to mark the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox, MP, by showing we are NOT divided by faith, culture or ethnicity.
Some of the events happening in Sheffield are as follows:
Bake-Off at St Mark’s – Sat 17 June
On Saturday 17th June from 1:30 pm onwards, St Mark’s Church is holding a community event that includes a Bake-off Craft Fair, Community Café and lots, lots more as part of the Broomhill Festival.
We are doing this to celebrate ‘The Great Get Together’ weekend in honour of Jo Cox, who said; “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Judging of the Great Broomhill Bake-Off will run from 2 – 2:30 pm. If you want to enter please have your bakes at St Mark’s by 12.30.
The rest of the community event will start at 1:30pm with the Cafe then open all afternoon with musical interludes.
For more details about entering the Bake-Off please contact Jane Padget at St. Mark’s Church, or email email@example.com or mobile 07921863281. We need notice if you wish to enter the Bake-Off.
In celebration of Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common than that which divides us, a community party and picnic is being held at Heeley City Farm on the 18th June, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, supported by HOPE not hate, Amnesty International, ASSIST Sheffield and City of Sanctuary.
There is an exciting programme of events, with storytelling, poetry, speakers, sports, games and activities. Music and dance acts will showcase the wide range of cultures in Sheffield. The event is free and open to all and we encourage people to bring and share picnics.
Brendan Cox said ‘[Jo] would hope that all of us make a resolution to do something in 2017 to bring our communities back together’. There will be a one-minute silence at 1 pm in memory of Jo Cox.
Let Us Know You Plan to Come!
You don’t need to reserve a place, but it helps us estimate how many people will come.
If you know of other events, please let us know and we can publicise them here. Sheffield Interfaith is not organising any events, we shall join the above, and encourage to you to do so too.
If you want to support Sheffield Interfaith then why not consider becoming a member. As a member you not only provide some financial support for us, but you can help develop what we do, and help us in our work. There are two ways to become a member.
By post Send a cheque for the relevant amount (£5 for individual or £15 for an organisation) to Sheffield Interfaith, Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL. Remember to include your Name OR the Name of your Organisation, AND either your address OR email address
By Internet banking Send your payment to our account – Sort Code 40-41-07 / Account number 42022273. Please use your surname as the reference and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (You can set up a Standing Order this way). Remember to include your Name OR the Name of your Organisation.
The Great Get Together – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June
On the weekend of 16-18 June, the anniversary weekend of the murder of Jo Cox, former MP for Batley and Spen, the Jo Cox Foundation is organising what it hopes will be the biggest street party since the Jubilee: The Great Get Together.
Organisers say “Jo’s killing was meant to divide us and we think the best response is to show how united we are. We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance.” Their hope is that this weekend of community events will demonstrate how united people are.
The events are being supported by the Big Lunch, the Big Iftar, the Eden Project, the Inter Faith Network for the UK, the Church Urban Fund, and organisations of a range of different faiths and beliefs as well from across the broad spectrum of society.
The Great Get Together gives faith communities an opportunity to celebrate their work and to meet with others in their community. If you are a faith or inter faith organisation interested in getting involved and supporting the Great Get Together, here are just a few ideas that you might like to consider:
- Encourage your members to get involved or, if you are a local organisation, plan an event together
- Open your church, gurdwara, mandir, mosque, synagogue, temple, vihara or other place of worship, inviting in people of different faiths and beliefs
- Hold a special Great Get Together breakfast, lunch, or supper for guests of different backgrounds
- If you’re fasting for Ramadan you could hold an interfaith Iftar
- Take part in other Great Get Together events near you – meals, sports events, bake-offs, and more
- Work with other faiths or a local inter faith group to write a Great Get Together message of unity for use in local media
- Field a lead walker for the Great Big Walk (see below)
Your event can be held at any time over the three days. For further information and to take part, visit pledge.greatgettogether.org. You’ll then be sent an information pack. You can also email Mike Buckley at the Jo Cox Foundation (email@example.com).
If you are holding an event, please do also keep the Inter Faith Network in touch.
The Great Big Walk
The Big Lunch and the Eden Project are organising The Great Big Walk to tie in with The Great Get Together. Five teams of two walkers will walk from Batley in West Yorkshire to Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, London and Northern Ireland.
Walkers will start in May 2017, arriving for a Big Lunch / Great Get Together event on 18 June. Each day walkers will be visiting community groups along their route to shine a light on the people and projects fostering community spirit.
They are looking for ten lead walkers and a support team for each of the five routes. If you would like to take part or know someone who would like to get involved, further information can be found at https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/blog/take-part-in-the-great-big-walk.
Best wishes, Harriet Crabtree, Executive Director Interfaith Network
From the Hindu Mandir
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of New year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. According to Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world after the deluge and time began to tick from this day forth. This day is celebrated as New year in many parts of country. This festival is called Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Samvatsar Padvo amongst konkanis in Goa and Kerala, Ugadi in Andra and Telangana, Yugadi in Karnataka, Nevrah amongst Kashmiri Pandits and Cheti Chand among Sindhi people. It is also celebrated in the North-East state of Manipur where it is known by the name Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba.
Westminster attacks – Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and Moderators of the IFN Faith Communities Forum
Yesterday’s attack at Westminster on police and members of the public exemplified the cowardly and destructive nature of the actions of terrorists. We hold in our prayers all whose lives have been lost or forever changed through the murderous acts of its perpetrator.
Terrorism is profoundly at odds with the values of our faith traditions and of the values at the heart of British society. We deplore and condemn it.
Attacks of this kind are designed to disrupt our society and to undermine the relationships within it. Let us resist this at all costs and stand together in unity.
Let us also 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. There is no place for prejudice and hatred of that kind and where it is found, let us redouble efforts to combat it.
The Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and Moderators of the IFN Faith Communities Forum
Join us for fun and laughter. An entertaining evening of Comic Verses and Sketches written and performed by Ray Lawrence and Friends. Plus
home made refreshments.
This is not a faith-focused event, but an enjoyable, fundraising one, offering a different opportunity to socialise with people from other faith communities.
Tickets £8 /£5 (concessions) including Refreshments
Open to all faiths and everybody
at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane,
Sheffield S11 8YL
on Monday 27th March 2017
at 7.30 pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 267 8289 for further details or to book
Proceeds to be divided between Shirley House Interfaith Centre and St. Luke’s Hospice
No, not a Shakespeare production, but a spiritual look at death and dying.
You are warmly invited to:
All’s Well That Ends Well 1st April
Please note this event will take place at 2.00pm (half an hour earlier than our usual events). It will also take place at a different venue – Sheffield Hallam University, Norfolk 210 Lecture Theatre.
To find the room: enter via the main entrance on Hallam Square, at the top of Howard Street (you will enter on level 5). Straight ahead is the lift lobby, please take the lift or stairs down to level 2. This will take you down to the Heartspace atrium, walk to the end of the atrium and through the double doors at the end (Norfolk building sign above). Walk through and follow round to the right. The Norfolk 210 lecture theatre is the first door on your right.
There will be signposting for this event from the main lift lobby onwards.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Georgina & Julia
Sheffield Brahma Kumaris
Tel: 0114 2306781
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) teaches Raja Yoga as a way of experiencing peace of mind
and a positive approach to life
Registered Charity Numbers: 269971 (England & Wales) and SC040512 (Scotland)