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.
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
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!
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
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 Centre is hosting our ‘made to be one’ campaign – you’re welcome to sign:
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.”
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.
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.