Press release issued today
The Dudley Borough Interfaith Network (DBIN) is desperately concerned about the situation in Gaza and hopes that hostilities will be brought to an end forthwith. It is particularly horrifying to see the number of Palestinian civilian casualties in Gaza, especially women and children, being killed and wounded.
Chairman of DBIN, Revd Andrew Wickens says: “Many of our members are concerned about this situation and so many innocent people suffering. We urge both Hamas and the Israeli Government to enter immediately into a ceasefire. This is consistent with DBIN’s values which are to commit ourselves, as people of many faiths and none, to work together for the common good, uniting to build a better society, grounded in values and ideals we share:
- Personal integrity
- A sense of right and wrong
- Learning, wisdom and love of truth
- Care and compassion
- Justice and peace
- Respect for one another, for the earth and its creatures
DBIN commits itself, in a spirit of friendship and co-operation, to work together alongside all who share our values and ideals, to help bring about a better world now and for generations to come.
We invite all those people of faith who pray to do so for the situation in Gaza.”
DBIN was recently awarded funding (£5,000) from the Police and Crime Commissioner towards its running costs. A grant has also been awarded through the Together in Service Programme ((£2,000) to support cohesion events and activities over the next 12 months.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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