Study Day: Understanding Islam, the first steps

Understanding Islam, Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield[27671]

Good folks, the wonderful Dr Chris Hewer will be giving another days session on Understanding Islam, the first steps on Monday 2nd July, to start at 10am at the Central Methodist Church, Chesterfield.

He’s a wonderful, knowledgeable speaker with the ability to explain Islam with patience and understanding, go if you can!  More details are available on the poster above.

Study Day: Understanding Islam – The First Steps

To be held on Saturday 21 October 2017. A study day, to be led by Dr Chris Hewer, to help attendees begin to explore what Muslims believe.

The following areas will be covered:

  • · Islam before the time of Muhammad
  • · Standing before God
  • · Building a Just Society
  • · ‘Open House’, when Chris will respond to your questions

The event will be held at Loundsley Green Church, Pennine Way, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield S40 4NF (map below), starting at 10 am and continuing until 3.30 pm. There is no charge, but donations would be welcome on the day. (Please bring your own packed lunch.)

Everyone is welcome. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of Islam and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions during the day, as well as breaks for refreshments.

If you would like to attend, please contact Rev. Liz Wills on 01142610732, or email johnwills@callnetuk.com providing your name and contact details.

About Dr Chris Hewer:

Chris Hewer is a Christian who comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and interfaith studies, and has worked in the field of Muslims In Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, including six years as Adviser on Interfaith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. His current work is to teach study days and residential courses, and to develop written and electronic resources.

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Solidarity event for Rohingya Muslims – 15.9.2017

On Friday 15th September, we attended Stand Up to Racisms event in solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.

Our following statement was signed and handed to MP Toby Perkins on the night.

We watch on in horror at the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in Myanmar. We must come together, people of all faiths, to denounce these terrible acts. There can be no place for this kind of anger, hatred, and violence. All acts of intolerance aimed at a religious community should find no place in our world. We call on our politicians to speak up on behalf of the Rohingya Muslims, and we call on our Religious leaders to condemn the violence, and call for unity and peace.

We must let our shared humanity unite us, and not allow our religious differences divide us.

You can read more about the event here: http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/chesterfield-residents-come-together-to-help-persecuted-rohingya-muslims-1-8759114

For The Record: Chesterfield Interfaith Forum Created

Dan Botham created the Chesterfield Interfaith Forum group and began to make contact with faith/humanist groups in the area.

“The purpose of the Chesterfield Interfaith Forum is to provide a welcoming, respectful and nurturing environment for people of goodwill from all spiritual and religious paths. We share who we are and celebrate our diversity, not to convert or convince, but in realization of our common humanity. We aspire to provide an inclusive community that acts as agents of good works in the local community.

We envision our forum developing in such a way as to respect and welcome people from all spiritual and religious paths, and encourage and empower each other as we engage in social justice, in our local community. We aim to engage in interfaith dialogue which truly respects the diversity of our community, always keeping in mind that we are all worthy of respect, and our spiritual diversity is a cause for celebration.

At times of conflict diversity can be exploited as a means of division, and religion remains a driving force behind much of today’s biggest problems, until everyone learns to respect one another’s differences this unnecessary violence will continue. The battle against such unnecessary conflict remains.

We believe that now, more so than ever before there is a need for peace and unity between all peoples, both religious, and non-religious. The purpose of interfaith dialogue then is not religious syncretism, but open dialogue and engagement. Our own unique religious identities must be a source of strength, and not a source of division.

People of various faiths have a remarkable ability to come together, united by their commitment to the ideals of their own religion. Our ability to come together is core to our humanity, it fuels our passions, and it enriches our lives. Our faith has a tremendous power to help us grow and make a positive change in our society.”