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Faith Hope and Love Conference

SATURDAY APRIL 9th 10am- 4.30pm Mount Zion Community Church Birmingham B6 4TN

Faith, Hope & Love - Christian Witness in a Multi Faith Society is an exciting conference organised by an alliance of Christian Churches in Birmingham and Churches Together in England that hopes to tackle the often difficult but also exciting question of what it means to be a Christian disciple in a multi faith world
 
Workshops leaders include Andrew Smith from Youth Encounter looking at interfaith dialogue and evangelical theology, Natasha Griffith and Jenni Creasy from The Feast sharing their experiences of working with Christian and Muslim Young People.
 
For more details contact Birmingham Churches Together at office@birminghamchurches.org.uk
 
 

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Faith in the World Prize

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has launched the 'Faith in the World' writing prize, which invites young people to submit an essay exploring faith in our world.

The prizes are awarded for different age groups 13-15, 16-17 and 18-21. Entries need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday March 11th 2011. An application form can be downloaded from the Archbishop's website.

Cross Crescent and Cool - Part 3


The next date for our succesful 'Cross, Crescent and Cool' training day is Thursday 3rd February 2011.

Venue:  St. Philip's Church, Evington Road. Leicester. LE2 1HN
Cost: £20 (£10 concessions)

For more details contact Raheema Catarella at The St. Philip's Centre on 0116 2733459
Please note this event has been postponed. The new date will be announced soon.

Conver(sa)tion: An Evangelical-Muslim Dialogue with Dr Chawkat Moucarry and Rashad Ali

The St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is holding a participative discussion on how Christians and Muslims as adherents of missionary faiths can engage in inter-faith dialogue.

Tuesday November 23rd at 7:30 pm. Click here for details of Conver(sa)tion

Launch of new MYX Website

A new site dedicated to helping leadres bring Christian and Muslim young people together has been launched by Youth Encounter and The Christian Muslim Forum. It is based on the work pioneered by Youth Encounter and includes the rationale for the work, practical tips, training ideas, and session outlines.

 

Discipleship and Diversity Training Day

The next event in the Youth Encounter Series takes place on 10th November at The Youth Encounter Centre. It's an opportunity for Christian youth workers to think through how they can help their young people live out their faith amongst their Muslim friends.
The cost of the day is £25 including a light lunch (£15 concessions)
For more information download a Discipleship and Diversity booking form

Interfaith Encounter From an Evangelical Perspective

This consultation is being led by The St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on Thursday 8th July from 9:30am-4:15pm. Speakers include Dr Paul Hedges, Dr Helen Reid, Rev Dr Nick Wood, Dr Jane Clements and Dr Andrew Smith.

The event fee is £25 / £10 concessions and includes lunch, tea/ coffee)

For more details please contact Christoph Kiworr at christoph@stethelburgas.org
or you can book online at stethelburgas.org/consultation 

For more information, or to promote the event ou can download a flyer about the Interfaith Encounters From an Evangelical Perspective here.

 

Cross, Crescent and Cool. May 15th

The next training day in our series that helps people run events for Christian and Muslim teenagers is taking place on May 15th 2010.
 
It's happening at The St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and  Peace in London. The day costs £25 which inlcudes lunch and you can book places through The Christian Muslim Forum website.
The course will cover
  • Why should young people from Christian and Muslim faiths work together?
  • What are the shared values from the faiths that inspire common action? 
  • What are the challenges of cross-faith work? 
  • How can we turn cross-faith dialogue into action?
  • How to organize a cross-faith event or project
  • You can download a flyer for Ethical Guidelines here to pass on to other people who might be interested.
     
    Contact us for further details
     

    Faith and Young People is TEN

    The very first Faith and Young People event was held in September 2000. To mark 10 years of the Faith and Young People project an event will be held on October 2nd 2010. Details coming soon

     

    Youth Encounter on Premier Radio

    On Saturday 21st November 2009 Andrew Smith, Director of Youth Encounter, took part in a discussion on Premier Radio's Unbelieveable programme. The discussion was about the Ethical Guidelines for Witness and raised some important issues. You can hear the broadcast by going to the Unbelieveable site.

     
     

    Interfaith Week 15 - 21 November 2009

    Inter Faith Week will run from 15 to 21 November. Its aims are:

    • to strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels;

    • to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular
      celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society; and

    • to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious belief.

    The Week is being facilitated by the Inter Faith Network for the UK and the Department for Communities and Local Government but will be community-led, with local people and groups of different backgrounds holding their own events and to highlight work going on to promote understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs.

     

    Trinity College Bristol to run course to help Christians live out their faith amongst Muslims

    Immersion is a two week course which offers Christians an opportunity to immerse themselves in study, reflection and practice of a topical aspect of Christian discipleship.

     
    In 2010 they are running a course which will consider Christian Presence and Engagement with Muslim Communities in Britain. Full details ca be found at the Trinity College Website.
     
     

    Blasphemy law in Pakistan: open petition

    Christians and Muslims around the world as well as people of other faiths and those who do not adhere to any religion will have been hearing with real concern, the news of the attacks on the Christian villages of Gojra and Qorian in Pakistan resulting in the deaths of at least seven innocent men, women and children. This was the latest in such attacks over many years and has attracted international condemnation from religious and political leadership in Pakistan and internationally.

    One of the causes of such attacks is the ability of extremists and others with private motivations, to incite attacks on Christians and on occasion also on Muslims; and the inability of the police and local judiciary to protect innocent people. The blasphemy laws currently in force in Pakistan provide such people with the means to incite violence and seem to have played a part in the recent incidents which led to the death of a number of Christians.

    Following widespread discussions with Christian partners and correspondents in Pakistan, Christian and Muslim organisations in the United Kingdom and with the Pakistan authorities, there is a desire amongst many people to express their concerns to the Government of Pakistan and to press for change in the blasphemy legislation and for the protection of Christians and others who are suffering from its abuse. To this end a petition is now available to be signed electronically and can be reached by clicking here and following the instructions.

    Click here to sign the Pakistan blasphemy law petition

    The petition is signed by the Rt Revd Michael Jackson, who chairs the Anglican Communion Network for Inter Faith Concerns and by Dr Musharraf Hussain the Chair of the Christian Muslim Forum. This follows Dr Musharraf's initial statement and those made by others . The Rt Revd David James, Bishop of Bradford, is the first petition signatory

    The petition will be delivered to the Pakistan Government and is intended to assist in their efforts to prevent further attacks. The more people who sign, the more effective the petition will be and we urge you to take action now by:

    • signing the petition yourself
    • sending it to others
    • putting this letter prominently on your own and as many other websites as possible

    It is by actions such as these that people of faith and of goodwill can show their active concern for the good of the world and in this case their support of the Christian community of Pakistan and of Muslims who are concerned to take action and are supporting their Christian neighbours

    Please do sign today - one click makes it possible!

     

    My Friend Imran available as an ebook

    The booklet 'My Friend Imran' (see below) is now available in downloadable format so you can read it electronically or easily purchase it if you are outside the UK. Visit the Grove Booklets Website to find out more.
     

    When a Child Dies: Supporting Christian and Muslim Parents

    This is the title of the latest training day in the Youth Encounter Series.
    It takes place on the 5th November 2009 at The Youth Encounter Centre and costs £25 including lunch.

     

    Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing

     On wednesday 24th June the Christian Muslim Forum launched a set of  to help Christian and Muslims develop ethical ways to share their faith. This ground breaking document, which was produced by Muslims and Christians, including Andrew Smith from Youth Encounter, seeks to change the debate from 'should we share our faith with people of another faith' to 'how can we share our faith'. You can read more about it on the Christian Muslim Forum Website.
     

    New Booklet on christian Muslim Friendship by Andrew Smith of Youth Encounter

    Cover of My Friend Imran

    My friend Imran is a new Grove Booklet looking at how we can help Christian and Muslim young people build friendships. As part of the Grove Youth series it seeks to help Christian youthworkers think through the theological, social and practical issues when seeking to help Christians live out their faith amongst their Muslim friends.

     
     
     
     

    New Charity Set up to Promote Christian - Muslim Encounters with Teenagers

    The Feast has been set up to work in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham. Taking its lead from the Faith and Young People project, The Feast is looking to develop significant opportunities for Muslim and Christian young people to meet and build friendships over the coming years.