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This is a personal message from Abdool Kadir of the Islamic Society of Great Britain with suggestions for action individually and as faith groups:
England is now engaged in a health war against an invisible enemy. We are entering unprecedented times, not seen since its over 5.000 official deaths. In such times of crisis, our faith traditions insist on spiritual calmness and inner serenity, always mindful that we must take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones in accordance with and beyond government directives. Our faith traditions also insist that we show utmost concern for all vulnerable people in our family network, in our faith communities and in our local networks and neighbourhoods.
We should correctly be fearful, but not be overcome with overwhelming terror and despair. With their centuries-long histories, all major faith traditions have extensive experience of past epidemics. Faith can be a sustaining force in this time of need, in this time of isolation. We commend to all British, especially those in partial or complete lockdown, to seek solace in
(i) participating in live-streamed acts of worship,
(ii) meditating and praying in the silence of their houses and apartments,
(iii) praying before domestic altars, statues and sacred images,
(iv) reading and reflecting on passages from the Holy Scriptures of one’s spiritual tradition and
(v) doing spiritual reading.
In this way, we can all adjust to aloneness and loneliness. And reflect on life and its meaning. The Covid-19 crisis reminds us all of the fragility and precariousness of life.
At this time, We pray for those who have already died and for their loved ones, and for all those who are ill from the virus as well as those are fearful in the face of the threat of illness and death.
We pray for the doctors, nurses and other health workers caring for the sick and perhaps risking their lives, and for the medical scientists working speedily for solutions.
We pray for the health care and emergency services chaplains and their support volunteers We fear for those who are living alone, especially if they are widowed, and for international students and all others on temporary visas – may they receive the necessary emotional and pastoral support in these times of trial. We are concerned for those living in regional and remote areas to whom we must reach out.
But more may be needed, not least in multicultural communities who may not have the necessary financial reserves to cope and survive.
We ask the faith-based welfare organisations to collaborate in mobilising their resources quickly and efficiently to meet the difficulties to be faced by families and individuals, particularly the homeless.
Lastly, we pray for national connectedness and teamwork in addressing the crisis and call upon all faith communities with their on-the-ground spiritual, pastoral and welfare resources in every British local, suburban and rural, community to respond quickly and appropriately. We pray.
Islamic Society of Britain South Yorkshire Branch
UK Prays: Community and Faith Leaders pray for humanity amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Dialogue Society will host an inclusive unifying moment of prayer for humanity amid the Covid-10 pandemic with the participation of community leaders from the UK
Live on YouTube.com/dialoguesociety/live
We apologise for the short notice
For those of you who are key workers in the health service, social care, food production and distribution and the many other essential jobs (some of which were recently described as ‘unskilled’ and are now being appreciated as vital) – THANK YOU. You will be working very hard and will not have the time or energy for leisure, but I hope you have some spiritual support from your faith community and/or family.
For others who are stuck at home, alone, without much to do, we hope your faith gives you support and strength, plus maybe a community accessible by phone or internet. I was grateful to be able to worship at home on Sunday using an order of service produced by the Methodist Church and have since spoken to others in my congregation who did the same thing at the same time. I am sure other churches and faith groups have done the same on their various holy days.
If anybody would like to send in their thoughts, or any favourite writing, prayers or poems that provide helpful ideas for getting through this difficult time, and builds our interfaith relations while we are separated, we would love to hear from you. Email us at Sheffieldinterfaith@hotmail.co.uk
This is to confirm that all Shirley House, Sheffield Interfaith and Dialogue Society events are cancelled until at least mid-June in view of the need to avoid group gatherings
Keep well, physically and spiritually
Following advice from various religious groups, several interfaith events in Sheffield are now cancelled.
Of particular immediacy is the Dialogue Society’s evening with Chris Hewer on this Monday 16th March at 7.30 pm, on the Muslim Perspective of Life After Death. The Dialogue Society is cancelling all public events until further notice.
If you registered for this event you will already have received notification that it is cancelled- but if you were just coming ‘on spec’ – don’t.
Sheffield Interfaith Food & Friendship on 24th March is also cancelled for the same reason. We apologise for the inconvenience. It is probable that subsequent Food and Friendship dinners arranged for April and May will also be cancelled, but this will confirmed or reviewed later.
All these events were to be held at Shirley House, but the cancellations are made by the organisers of individual events; Shirley House is not necessarily closed for other meetings or activities.
The Dialogue Society invite you to their upcoming event on Monday, 16th March at 7.00 pm. This time the event will be at Shirley House Room 1 (31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL). The event will be a seminar/talk on “Life After Death” and will be presented by Dr Chris Hewer, who comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies.
We would be delighted to have you at the event. You may also forward this invitation to whoever you might think could be interested. We are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the event. Please RSVP for the event to email@example.com
The Dialogue Society and Minhaj Sisters cordially invite you to join us for an evening event where we will celebrate International Women’s Day and build bridges through conversations. This time the venue is different from our regular place. The entrance to the venue will be strictly at 6pm and it will not be possible to enter any later than 6pm. Therefore, we kindly ask you to be there by 5.45pm to avoid any delays.
Venue : South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Headquarters, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG
Date : Friday, 6th March 2020
Time : 5.45 – 8pm
The event will be women-only and adults-only.
Thursday 27th February at Shirley House Interfaith Centre, Psalter Lane, S11 8YL
Nothing Special Sangha has been meeting in Sheffield for over ten years. We shall offer you a taste of our Zen practice; walking and sitting meditation. Some of us also will share our reflections on being part of this community and how it is shaping our lives.
Open to all faiths and everybody
at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL
7.30 pm Thursday 27th February
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 267 8289 for further details
We would like to welcome you to our bring and share dinners. A relaxed opportunity to meet others from different faiths, and to deepen friendships.
Bring some vegetarian food to share if you can, but come anyway.
- Tuesday Feb 25th 12.00 at Upper Chapel – Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JD
- Tuesday March 24th 6pm at Shirley House
- Wednesday April 22nd 6pm at Shirley House
- Wednesday May 27th 6pm at Shirley House
Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL (Buses 218 leave interchange: 17.35 & 17.55)
The Dialogue Society and Minhaj sisters cordially invite you to join us for an afternoon event where we will form friendships and build bridges through conversations. The theme of this event is learn to cook some exotic dishes. Some ladies will teach us how to cook some delicious and extraordinary dishes.
Venue : The Dialogue Society, 5 Birch Road, S9 3XL – Sheffield
Date : Sunday, 19th January 2020
Time : 2 – 4pm
Female ONLY event with boys aged 10 and under welcome.
Refreshments will be provided. You may also contribute to this by bringing any vegetarian food you may wish to share.
RSVP at email@example.com