We are joining with Hope not Hate to hold a celebration of multicultural Dudley at St John’s Parish Hall on Kates Hill on January 31st (st-thomas-event-2015-01-31.compressed).
Some of you will have heard about activity in Dudley, proposed for February 7th, by people who want to divide Dudley rather than bring people together. We are hoping that our event which is part of our One Dudley campaign, will be living proof that we can celebrate our diversity and in turn support each other.
Please come and join us if you can.
The Interfaith Network is keeping once more a pop-up shop in the Churchill Precinct in Dudley; marking the festival of Christmas and also closely followed in the New Year by a celebration for Muslims of the birth of the Prophet Muhammed.
The Faith & Prayer Centre in Dudley
The Centre is hosting our ‘made to be one’ campaign – you’re welcome to sign:
We are made to be one
DBIN launched today – 16 December – its new message – We are made to be one in Dudley. You can follow at www.madetobeone.org. Meeting at the Prayer Centre, Russells Hall Hospital, faith leaders together pledged: “From our different faith groups we commit ourselves to making Dudley a place where all people can live in peace together.”
Imam Hashmi and the Bishop of Dudley sporting the new wristbands – made to be one.
We are made to be one: a message for Dudley
We are made to be one in Dudley – DBIN’s new campaign launch
DBIN is taking part in the Christmas tree festival this week (6th to 13th December 2014) at St Thomas & St Luke (Top Church) Dudley with messages from our different faiths. The tree will be making an appearance at the Worship & Prayer Centre – the interfaith pop-up shop in the Churchill Precinct in the run up to Christmas.
Imam Hashmi with the Bishop of Worcester at Worcester Diocesan Synod
On 25th November, Imam Hashmi, our Vice-Chair, addressed the Synod of Worcester Diocese on the ongoing crisis in Iraq/Syria. The motion passed by Synod states:
“This Synod, condemning the violation of people’s right to freedom of religion and belief in Iraq and Syria, and especially the destruction of ancient Christian communities, calls upon:
(a) Churches to pray and give generously to support all refugees of this current crisis; and
(b) the Prime Minister and Her Majesty’s Government to engage positively with the UNHCR and other international aid agencies to offer asylum to all those who are being persecuted for their faith; and
(c) welcomes work among faith leaders, such as that in Dudley towards a joint declaration for peace.”
Full details are here.
Following the meeting on Monday 10 November, Dudley MBC has issued information on its website here.
DBIN has led training for crisis support volunteers at Himley Hall.
Participants at Crisis Support Training conducted by DBIN on 13 November 2014
A reminder if you haven’t already replied to indicate you are coming to the Annual Meeting – next Tuesday 18th November – registration from 6.30 pm – meeting starts at 7.00 pm. We’re being hosted by the Wellington Road Community Centre, Wellington Road, Dudley DY1 1RB. RSVP by this Friday 14 November to firstname.lastname@example.org