Just to say I am retiring today.The post of Network Officer at DBIN will not be staffed for a short while until a new appointment is made in the New Year. In the meantine please contact Dale at Dudley Council for Voluntary Service on email@example.com 01384 573381.
I wish DBIN all the best.
Dudley Borough Interfaith Network was invited to attend the ceremonial announcement of the next Bishop of Dudley which took place at Jessons School on Thursday 11th December. Protocol decrees that the announcement has to be made directly from Downing St so while dignitaries waited in excitement for the phone call Jubilate a fabulous group of young singers from Jessons performed. The interfaith network was represented by Rev Andrew Wickens, the Chair, Imam Hashmi Vice Chair, Indrajit Bhogal Secretary, Rajesh Patel Trustee and Gillian Lloyd the outgoing DBIN officer. When the phone went Bishop John, the Bishop of Worcester, was able to introduce Rev Graham Usher, currently Vicar of Hexham in Yorkshire, as the next Bishop of Dudley. He will be officially installed next spring.
Over 400 visitors including the Lord MAyor and local MP Ian Austen dropped into the pop up shop opened by DBIN in Dudley during Interfaith Week. Thanks to Dudley Metropolitain Borough Council DBIN was able to welcome people to chat, light a candle, pray or just have a coffee while looking at the displays from a variety of faiths practised in Dudley.
A coachload of Interfaith members and friends spent Remembrance Day 2013 at Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. It had special significance to visit the tomb o f the unknown soldier on that day, a dark and rainy autumn afternoon. The Abbey made a deep impressionon all of us, but especially a member who had been educated under colonial rule in Kenya and who was overcome to find herself in front of the tombs of Kings and Queens about whom she had learnt so far away.
DBIN was invited to share in this colourful festival of Dance at the Shree Krishna Gujarati Centre in Dudley. It was an open meeting and we were also given a tour of thetemple and the stories around this festival explained.
DBIN has been updating some of its documents and bringing its register of members up to date. The new constitution will be presented to members at a Special General Meeting on TUESDAY OCTOBER 8TH at 6.45 at Shree Gijarati Hindu Centre in Hope St Dudley DY2 8RS.
To view the new constitution please click on the link . DBIN Constitution August 2013
The oneness of the communities of Dudley was celebrated last night by our chair Rev Andrew Wickens, who spoke at Dudley Central Mosque on the occasion of their Grand Iftar, the ritual breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan. Christians Hindus and Sikhs gathered to visit the mosque and to join in the Iftar, learning more about this tradition so central to the practice of Islam.
Just in case you have not seen this on the activity calender – DBIN Peace Walk tomorrow evening. Meet at Top Church, St Thomas and St Lukes, near Asda and The Venue, at 6.00. Click link to see route. Do hope you can join us.
Peace Walk Route
A brilliant evening at Dudley Central Mosque last night where over 60 people from Muslim Christian Hindu Sikh and no faith backgrounds came together to hear what Muslims have to say about recent events nationally and locally. We observed evening prayers, listened to two Imams explaining some of the underlying beliefs and practices of Islam, and then ate a wonderful meal together provided by the mosque. A great chance to learn and share.
Statement from the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
We learned with deep shock and great sadness of the murder of a young member of the armed forces in Woolwich yesterday afternoon. Such acts of violence and terror have no place in our society.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.
The attackers linked their actions with the religion of Islam. Statements from major national Muslim bodies have, in the ensuing hours, condemned the act in the strongest terms and stressed its lack of connection to – and complete contradiction of – teachings of Islam. Even so, there have been attacks on two mosques over the course of the last 24 hours and concerns expressed about the possibility of further attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with any whose places of worship or personal safety are affected.
In the wake of this terrible attack, all who share a commitment to a peaceful, safe and just society have a vital role to play in strengthening community bonds and working for greater understanding and mutual support at times of difficulty.
Dr Manazir Ahsan MBE (Co-Chair)
The Revd Bob Fyffe (Co-Chair)
Dr Girdari Lal Bhan (Vice-Chair)
Mr Mohinder Singh Chana (Vice-Chair)
Mr Dorab Mistry (Vice-Chair)
Mr Vivian Wineman (Vice-Chair)