Category Archives: Faith

Unity shenanigans

Praise God for a wonderful weekend. Saturday was Hyde Park Unity Day, and we teamed up with Christian and Muslim friends to host a stall…

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We had HUNDREDS of visitors, and invited them to do three things:

1. Taste some food that is found in Bible and/or Quran (grapes, figs, dates, pomegranate, olives, bread and olive oil)

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2. Make a mark on our ‘arty heart’. See how many languages you can spot- and keep an eye out for little baby Willow’s footprints!

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3. Go do a Random Act of Kindness, and then come back and tell us about it. We wrote them up (there were hundreds!) on colourful cards, to make kindness bunting.

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It was a super day, full of generosity and joy. And the Unity continued into Sunday! We had a picnic Eucharist with St Michael’s and St Chad’s and friends from Revive. But not before clearing a big field of litter, and putting huge smiles on the Unity Day organisers’ faces 🙂

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Praise God and THANK YOU and a big hurray!

In hope- we believe!

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We believe in a light that scatters darkness.
It tears through every shadow in our world,
and leaves a clarity brighter than the sun,
and we name that light: God!

We believe in a love that crushes hatred,
and leaves a space for forgiveness,
to rebuild, redesign, and re-create our world,
and we name that love: God!

We believe in a faith that rips through injustice
revealing a different vision for our world:
of freedom, fairness, and future,
and we name that truth: God!

We believe in a hope that rattles oppressors,
shaping the intent of the Creator
for a people destined for love,
and we name that hope: God!

We believe in a time towards which all history travels,
where all our lives will be held,
and bound into eternity,
and we name that time: God!

Jane Ozanne Event

Jane Ozanne Event

Breaking down brexit- smile by smile, meal by meal

Do everything readily and cheerfully, joyful bearers of God’s light-giving Way. Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. (Philippians 2:14-16)

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Islamaphobia – MEND Conference Friday 10 June 2016

Islamaphobia MEND 10 June 2016

Exodus and EU referendum in conversation (or, ‘Being read by our Bibles’)

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“When we let the story of the Exodus read us, we realise to our horror and dismay that in this story we’re not the innocent Hebrews. We’re the Egyptians.

Notice what Pharaoh says in Exodus 1: ‘Look,’ he says. ‘Egypt is crawling with immigrants. There’s too many of them. If we’re not careful they’ll outnumber us. They’re un-Egyptian. They have too many children. They’re at fault for everything that’s wrong around here.’ That’s the kind of thing we say.

Pharaoh believes he’s rich and powerful because he worked hard, and he thinks, ‘I’m not going to let the weak, the immigrant, or the underclass take away my entitlement.’ That’s the kind of thing we think.

Pharaoh makes up a story, a story of fear and mistrust and suspicion. He says, ‘They might outnumber us; there may be a war; they might fight against us with our enemies…’ That’s the kind of story we make up, and then we run to politicians who stoke our fears and play on our mistrust.

BUT here’s the surprising good news. Egyptians we are, but there’s more than one way of being Egyptian………”

(From Sam Wells: Learning to Dream Again; Rediscovering the Heart of God)

Community Interfaith Iftar

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Sacred Wing Choir at BLF 2016

What a treat. Sacred Wing provided the very final performance of this year’s Bradford Literature Festival- and sounded just as heavenly as they look in this pic..

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Leeds mosques come to All Hallows for Ramadan

This year some Leeds mosques are coming to All Hallows on the first day of Ramadan for a cross-cultural encounter.

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Revd Heston Groenewald says, “Our local mosques are taking a big step and coming to All Hallows on the first day of Ramadan (10 June), for a day-long encounter of cross-cultural and faith-inspired dialogue, to tackle Islamophobia and to create space for friendships to form and flourish. And at the end of the day, we’ll be breaking the Ramadan fast together with a wonderful Syrian meal.

“Everyone is welcome – it will be a great opportunity to learn how to understand and love our Muslim neighbours better – and they in turn would love to meet some Christian neighbours.

“We’ll be sharing stories, building friendships and, for the first time in a church (we think), MEND (Muslim engagement and development) will give their landmark presentation on ‘Islamophobia, its causes and cures’. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the main causes of Islamophobia, and, crucially, what we can do to eradicate it.

“Then at sunset, the Leeds Syrian Community will prepare an iftar meal to break the fast, and they’d love to share food and fun with all who fancy it. Again, it’s a big deal that they’re holding this in church. And they’re doing it every Friday and every Saturday in All Hallows for the whole month of Ramadan.

“Please come and share your life and faith – it’s an amazing opportunity to serve these dear embattled brothers and sisters, and to ‘have the grace to let them be our servants too’ – and eat their delicious Syrian cooking!”

The day is jointly organised by The Headingley Team of Churches, Leeds Grand Mosque, Makkah Mosque, Leeds Muslim Youth Forum and MEND.

ITINERARY

Islamophobia Exhibition (from 12 noon all day)

Real Junk Food lunch & coffee (12-4pm)

Film screening: I Am (3pm)

‘Islamophobia: Causes and Cures’ presentation (6.30pm)

‘Walk in my shoes’- Intentional cross-cultural conversations (2pm, 5pm, 8pm)

Breaking fast together (sunset – 9.30pm)

Rainbow reflections at Rosebank

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Your vicar got to do a lovely thing this morning – I led school assembly at Rosebank Primary, with Dr Taher from Leeds Grand Mosque. On the day my home country South Africa celebrates the end of apartheid, we talked about ending modern ‘apartheid’ between our (and other) faiths and cultures. We celebrated that God has made us all different and amazing – and that our differences can enrich each other’s lives. The children all left the assembly hall shouting ‘You’re amazing!’ at each other and their teachers 🙂 Praise God!

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