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Peace will Come

November 19th, 2015 Comments off

A poem shared by Anna Turner at Dudley’s Interfaith Network AGM on 18 November, coming a few days after the Paris attacks:

Peace will Come

Peace is coming;
The treaty is signed,
The battle is won,
One day peace will come,
But some days
It doesn’t feel like that.
Days when I look
And see the worlds map
Blossoming with explosions
And gun shot wounds,
When face book’s
Pictures are festooned
With flags of countries
Counting their dead
(But only of course if they’re
In the west
If you’re anywhere else
You’ll be lucky
If you get a solitary report
The last bit on the news
Before the weather and sport)
But anyway,
Some days peace
Feels like idealism,
Aiming for it
Smacks of a lack of realism,
And I feel like
I am attempting,
Vainly Emptying
The worlds seas
With a teaspoon
When I try
And stand up for reason,
For peace and reconciliation,
I feel like no one can hear me,
Like my actions
(Like my generation)
Are wasted,
I can’t even make a dent
In the hatred,
I can’t give a home to the stateless,
I can’t stop the faithless
From blowing themselves
To pieces,
But I will not stop speaking,
Until I am finally speechless
I will strive
With every breath left
To speak up for the helpless,
To bring peace
For the masses,
To love
Everyone regardless
Of faith race or status,
To trust there will be peace
Even in the messes
We’ve forced our restless
world into,
Because I live for the one
Who has promised peace will come.

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Receiving Syrian Refugees

November 19th, 2015 Comments off

The Interfaith Network held its annual meeting on 18 November in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Having kept silence together to remember victims, the Network was addressed by Mark Rodgers who is Chief Officer for Dudley MBC for Housing but also is leading the Council’s response in preparing to receive Syrian refugees. Dudley has already committed to receiving 20 Syrian families over the next five years and Mark was able to emphasise the value that communities could bring to this resettlement programme. The first refugees are already beginning to arrive in Scotland and the Government is anticipating that up to 1000 may arrive in the UK by Christmas. There is no information at this stage as to when refugees might arrive in Dudley but it is thought there will be a four to six week window of advance notice for local preparations. Mark is happy to be contacted by communities meanwhile. Mark can be contacted on 01384-815076 or by email at mark.rodgers@dudley.gov.uk.

 

 

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Health & Well Being

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

DBIN has hosted an event on 30th July on health and well-being with Network participants learning at first hand of the work of Integrated Plus based at Dudley CVS. Nick Tromans from the Integrated Plus team, who was working as the Network’s own officer until a year ago, explained how Integrated Plus takes referrals from GPs for people who don’t so much need medical attention (or not exclusively) but other forms of social and personal support. He made clear the key role that faith communities can have in supporting individuals who are otherwise vulnerable in promoting self-esteem through belonging meaningfully to groups. Nick is happy to be contacted by faith communities if we feel from those we come into contact with that there are wider issues that aren’t being addressed. More details of Integrated Plus can be found here.

Healthy eating extends to locally grown food - Cllr. Hanif and Kenneth Rodney share beans.

Healthy eating extends to locally grown food – Cllr. Hanif and Kenneth Rodney share beans.

Nick Tromans, Iram Maan and contributors to DBIN's health & well-being event

Nick Tromans, Iram Maan and contributors to DBIN’s health & well-being event

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Scrutiny & Management Board

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

On 27th and 28th July, Dudley Council’s Scrutiny & Management Board met to determine whether to recommend the offer that has been made for the Hall Street site by the Muslim community for a mosque and community centre. DBIN was invited to make a submission to the Scrutiny & Management Board which can be viewed at Submission to Scrutiny & Management Board

 

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Eid Mubarak

July 18th, 2015 Comments off

As Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan with the coming of Eid, this is a time for remembering those who are less fortunate. It’s good when we have the opportunity to take part in one another’s festivities. From the Interfaith Network we wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters Eid Mubarak!

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Exhibition Islam

May 20th, 2015 Comments off

Exhibition Islam Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2015

Dudley Town (Concert) Hall, St James Road, Dudley

Dudley Central Mosque invites the wider community to ‘Exhibition Islam’ that opens to the public at Dudley Town Hall over the 2 days on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2015.

The unique exhibition is being held in Dudley for the first time and aims to promote and foster better understandings between Muslims and other communities, dispel myths, breakdown cultural and religious barriers. For more information see

Exhibition Islam Flyer

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Rise up Dudley

January 13th, 2015 Comments off

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.

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Faith & Prayer Centre

December 24th, 2014 Comments off

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 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

We are made to be one

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Made to be one

December 16th, 2014 Comments off

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.

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: a message for Dudley

We are made to be one in Dudley - DBIN's new campaign launch

We are made to be one in Dudley – DBIN’s new campaign launch

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Christmas tree festival

December 9th, 2014 Comments off

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.

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