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Event: Understanding Judaism

‘Understanding Judaism’ was part of BCF’s series of events on Understanding Faiths. Event Speakers were Rabbi Margaret Jacobi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue) and Mr Brian Cooper of Birmingham Hebrew Congregation). There was time allowed for discussion as well as a visit to the sanctuary with both Rabbi’s explaining what the artefacts around the sanctuary meant and the Scrolls were shown too with some Scrolls dating back to 1800’s.

The Event was open to all faiths and approximately 45 people attended the event.

At the end of the event, refreshments were served.

Celebrating Common Wealth Day outside Council House

Chair of BCF, Mr Tarang participates in celebrating Common Wealth Day outside Council House and hoists Common Wealth Flag. Participants to the event included the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and other dignitaries.

More details to follow.

Inter Faith Week 2016 Report

Each year, the Birmingham Council of Faith (BCF) creates a report on Inter Faith Week, and draws together a list of all events known to have taken place in Birmingham to mark the Week. These are drawn together for ease of reference.

The 2016 programme was built on the experience of the previous year with a total of 21 events in a slightly extended  week, most of which were organised by different faith bodies in membership or association with the Birmingham Council of Faiths. Over 500 people attended the wide variety of events which took place in different locations around the city and on its margins. These included the spiritual, artistic, remembrance, health and wellbeing.

Click here to read the full report.

Footsteps Event Report: ‘Tread Lightly on this Earth’

On 20th November, 80 people from different Birmingham faith communities and local groups came together at Birmingham Central Mosque to explore practical steps for a low carbon future.

We heard from local places of worship, young people and NGOs about actions that have been successfully taken in Birmingham.  Lively table discussions took place and the afternoon concluded by identifying action and making pledges.  The event ‘Tread Lightly on this Earth’ was organised by Footsteps as part of National Interfaith Week.  Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make this event a success.

One participant commented: “we should all act as guardians of the Earth, whether we do so from a viewpoint of faith or otherwise. If large numbers of people take small actions to save energy, and live more sustainably, we can tackle climate change between us.  Joining this group made me feel I am not struggling on my own.”

Photo: Pat Nimmo.

Read the full report on Tread Lightly, and watch a video of 12 year old Ifsah, one of the young people who took part.

And if that has wetted your apetitie for Treading Lightly, we are pleased to announce that we hold another event during Interfaith Week 2017:

Tread Lighly on this Earth part 2
Sunday 19th November 2017

Watch our website for more details of all these events.  We look forward to joining with people of all faiths from Birmingham to take action for a low carbon future in 2017.

Mrs. Jean’s Funeral and Celebration of her Life

Please join us on Friday 6th January 2017 to celebrate the life of and cherish the memories of Mrs Jean (Jeanie) May Rookes​ née Lewis [21 Nov 1942 – 15 Dec 2016]

Time: 2pm Friday 6th January

Venue: St Laurence Church, Northfield, B31 2LX

Everyone is welcome to the service and for the refreshments afterwards in the Pastoral Centre next door.

Members of uniformed organisations are encouraged to wear their uniform while others are asked to wear colourful clothes rather than black. We would also request no flowers; instead donations are welcome towards three charities supporting education and healthcare in developing countries: EMMS, USPG and PNGCP. We will have gift aid envelopes at the service.

The Pastoral Centre has ample parking (access via Church Road) or on nearby roads off Church Hill.

Please contact Peter Rookes (0121 477 2282, e-mail [email protected]) or Ian McLoughlin (01634 300 256, e-mail [email protected]) for further information.

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BCF Hosts Interfaith Week in November 2016

Inter Faith Week is an incredibly important time in the year for inter faith learning, interaction, cooperation and celebration. It allows communities to highlight the achievements of local inter faith and faith based groups, and strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels.

Having a week that is dedicated to inter faith activity helps inter faith initiatives to reach a wider audience, so that more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work, and are able to participate in it.

Birmingham Council of Faiths will be again coordinating the Birmingham programme for National Interfaith Week 13th-21st November 2016.

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