Interfaith visit to Chelsea Space



Steven Derby (Director, Interfaith Matters), Veronica Wetten (London Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple), Imam Abdul Haque (Westminster Muslim Cultural Centre and Masjid), Revd Jon Dal Din (Director, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster Interfaith), Revd Mark Dean (Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor, University of the Arts London), Cherie Silver (Programme Curator, Chelsea Space) 
Picture credit: Steven Derby/Interfaith Matters

We recently hosted a gathering of Interfaith Matters Westminster Forum at Chelsea, and afterwards some of the members visited the exhibition ‘Astro-poems and vertical group exercises’ at Chelsea Space . This fascinating show focuses on Concrete poetry at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960’s, and members noted correspondences between the works on show and the calligraphic traditions of Buddhism and Islam, as well as the numerological tradition in Judaism.

Meditation is the mother of invention

We can’t use naked flames in our meditation services any more so we have to use LED candles instead. On the face of it these may not seem as conducive as real candles, but they do have the advantage of being able to be combined with a wide range of materials. We have been giving meditation participants LED tealights to take home and experiment with – here is CSM student Zhelun Wang’s beautiful sand candle:

and here is Ann Marie Newton’s lovely candle holder made of tissue paper and thread:

 

 

£300 raised for Shelter at:

On Wednesday 6 December, a full house of students, staff and friends of UAL gathered for carols by candlelight at St George’s Bloomsbury, the last London church to be built by the great late 17th century architect, Nicholas Hawksmoor.

The beautiful church interior glowed with candlelight as popular carols were sung, alongside performances by professional singers of early medieval European Christmas songs.

There were readings of the Christmas story given by the Vice Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, students and staff, while the Rector of Bloomsbury, David Peebles, spoke of the message of Christmas in terms of the challenges facing our world today, and the ongoing need for justice and peace.

In our prayers to address these needs, we also remembered  those who have died within our University community over the past year:

Ebony Daley (LCC student, January)
Drew Goorney (CSM student, February)
Manfei Zhu (CSM student, February)
Ying-Cheng Lai (LCF student, March)
Zachary Geddis (LCF student, March)
Renata Rusieska (CSM student, May)
Kylie Simpson (Chelsea student, July)
Professor Chris Wainwright (September)
Ines Peixoto (Wimbledon student, October)
Paulo Souza (Camberwell recent graduate, November)

During the last carol, and before refreshments were served, £300 was generously raised for the London based homeless charity, Shelter, for their Christmas appeal.

CSMITF

an exhibition of work by ten recent art and design graduates
from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

The Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH

5 October – 4 November 2017

Monday: 8am – 8pm
Tuesday: 8am – 8pm
Wednesday: 8am – 10.30pm
Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday: 8am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

St Martin’s School of Art was established in 1854 by St Martin-in-the-Fields church. The Revd Henry Mackenzie and others were concerned that art and design training should be developed alongside the religious and general education already provided by Church schools, to ‘extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry’ following the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The art school soon became independent, eventually merging with Central School of Art, and now part of University of the Arts London. Central Saint Martins is an internationally recognized centre for art and design education and research, now based in Kings Cross. However, in their different ways, Central Saint Martins & St Martin-in-the-Fields share a common concern for social responsibility based on the belief that the creative growth of individuals, within a supportive and challenging community, can lead to the renewal of society.

curated by
Angela Sanchez del Campo and Mark Dunhill

organised by
Mark Dean, UAL Chaplaincy and Jonathan Evens, St Martin-in-the-Fields

supported by
University of the Arts London and Diocese of London University Chaplaincy

special thanks to
The Vicar and Churchwardens of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Allyson Hargreaves, Paul Haywood, Anne Smith and Andrew Willson

press and sales enquiries
exhibitioncurators@gmail.com

Pancakes in the Parade Ground Raises £65 to help the hungry

Thank you for your generosity. Your donations will be used to support the work of Church Urban Fund and the Together Network, changing lives and communities together.

Together we can make a huge differences to the lives of families across the country who are struggling to feed themselves.

Here are some ways your donations will eat away at hunger:

£3 will help provide lunch for a child at a holiday club during the schools holidays

£9 will help to cover the cost of an emergency food parcel for a family for a day

£25 will help to provide a slow cooker and larder pack for a family struggling to prepare nutritious meals

 

St Paul’s Cathedral prays for U(AL)


Over 60 students and staff from across UAL attended a special service of Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on 23 Feb where prayers were said for all at the University. This is an annual event, so if you missed it, be sure to come along next year! In the meantime, why not join us at one of our regular visits to St Paul’s – contact the chaplains for further details.

Evensong St Paul’s Cathedral 23/2

On Thursday 26 Feb we will be attending a service of Choral Evensong, where special prayers will be said for the staff and students of UAL.

Evensong is a traditional cathedral service which is led almost entirely by music, sung by the choir, and so is particularly accessible and inclusive as people can simply sit and enjoy the experience.

It takes place in the stalls of the quire, towards the high altar, a space which allows the music to resonate perfectly and foster a sense of calm.

You can read more here https://www.stpauls.co.uk/worship-music/worship/choral-evensong

If you and any friends would like to join us you would be very welcome – we are meeting on the steps at 4.45.

RSVP to William or Mark

Korea Day at Wimbledon

KOREA DAY AT WIMBLEDON COLLEGE OF ARTS

Sat 4th Feb at 2pm

Please join us for a unique celebration of Korean culture at Wimbledon College of Arts.

This is a special kind of Open House event linked with Richard Layzell’s exhibition Korea Town – Noraebang at the Wimbledon Space Gallery, our connections with the Korean University of the Arts in Seoul and our nearby Korean community in New Malden. It is also a chance to experience the reconstruction of a Noraebang karaoke room from New Malden and a homage to Korean sijo poetry.

There will be special guests, including Prof Ko Heesun from K-Arts in Seoul and artist Jina Lee, an optional Anglican Communion service (all welcome) in English and Korean, where prayers will be said for peace in the world, led by the Revd Mark Dean, Chaplain to University of the Arts London, and Revd Soon-han Choi, Chaplain to University of West London, and refreshments.

Most of all this is a celebration of the uniqueness of Korean culture and our Korean friends who live and study in London.

We very much look forward to welcoming you.

WIMBLEDON COLLEGE OF ARTS

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

MERTON HALL ROAD

LONDON SW19 3QA

UAL Carol Service Raises £400 for Shelter

carols-web-2

On Thursday 8 December, students, staff and friends of UAL gathered for carols by candlelight at St George’s Bloomsbury, the last London church to be built by the great late 17th century architect, Nicholas Hawksmoor.

The beautiful church interior glowed with candlelight as popular carols were sung, alongside performances by professional singers of early medieval European Christmas songs.

Familiar Christmas stories from the Bible of the journey to Bethlehem, the shepherds, wise men and Jesus in the Manger were read by the Vice Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, students and staff. David Peebles, the Rector of Bloomsbury, challenged our understanding of power in today’s world, by reminding us that God came to us at Christmas as the seemingly powerless baby Jesus.

In our prayers  we remembered  those who have died within our University community over the past year:

Jessica Cook
Henry Curtis Williams
Diana Aronstam
Fauzia Akbar
Dave Hendley
Khadija Otero Khabsy
Alex Hosking
Grace Green

We also remembered former members of staff who have recently passed away

Chris Sell
Mike Kellaway
Tony Carter

During the last carol, and before refreshments were served, £400 was generously raised for the London based homeless charity, Shelter, for their Christmas appeal.

Westminster faith leaders unite in condemning racist abuse

Westminster-South-Interfaith-Forum

The United Kingdom has a proud history of valuing diversity. Westminster is the tenth most ethnically diverse place out of 455 local authorities where over 170 different languages are spoken.

Following the recent EU referendum we have witnessed greater division and a surge in hate crime.

At the same time there are new interfaith friendships, dialogue and cooperation. Located in the heart of London, Interfaith Matters convenes a forum of 25 clergy and community leaders representing seven world religions. All members are committed to a common vision of social integration and cohesion, to a society in which diversity is valued and celebrated.

The Forum’s unanimous and unambiguous reaction to the recent rise in hate crimes was emphatically expressed by Mariano Marcigaglia, of The Buddhist Society, “Out of sincere and compassionate concern for all involved, we need to speak out and stand by the most vulnerable, the ones who are subject to abuse, appealing to our shared humanity. Only unconditional love can conquer hatred.”

The strength of feeling was resoundly echoed by Revd Jon Dal Din, Director at Westminster Interfaith, “In this climate of racial tension, confusion and division, we need to continue and redouble our efforts to reach out to one another in a spirit of friendship, compassion and understanding in order to maintain peace and harmony within our local communities and in society at large, because, although we are different, people of faith all agree, that the future of humanity and the planet lies in unity not division and separation. Love conquers all.”

Speaking from experience of a community that faces discrimination, Imam Alomgir Ali, former Imam of the Victoria Islamic and Cultural Education Centre was unequivocal, “The rise in xenophobic and racist attacks after the referendum is indeed very worrying and alarming. All communities must stand together to reject and aspire to remove such despicable behaviour from our communities.”

Steven Derby, Director at Interfaith Matters, credited clergy for their commitment, “We believe in community cohesion, and there are many and growing threats to this at the present time. Faith leaders are increasingly responsible for healing division.”

Meeting regularly, and most recently just after the referendum, faith leaders were reminded of Pastor Martin Niemöller’s salutary lessons; speaking truth to power, standing up to racism and working for unicity. It was entirely appropriate that the meeting was held in a Francophone Church located in the heart of London’s West End close to Leicester Square. As clergy affirmed their commitment to Niemöller’s lessons the Church’s Refugee Centre welcomed some of the capital’s dispossessed so that they too could “play a full role in society.”

We are faith based but not faith biased. As leaders, we call upon, and will work with, all political and civil society groups to write the next chapter in the United Kingdom’s proud history of valuing diversity.

Ends

Picture: Members of the Westminster Neighbourhood Interfaith Forum meet at London Fo Guang Shan Temple

More information 

Steven Derby, Director Interfaith Matters

07932 631 252

Notes to Editor

Westminster Neighbourhood Interfaith Forum is an initiative of Interfaith Matters. Registered charity 1150839.

Reporting Hate Crime:

http://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force

https://cst.org.uk/report-incident

http://tellmamauk.org/submit-a-report-to-us/

Signatories

Imam Alomgir Ali (former Imam of the Victoria Islamic and Cultural Education Centre)

Canon Patrick Browne (Priest, Holy Apostles, Westminster)

Fr Matthew Catterick (Vicar, St Saviour’s Church)

Fr Owen Higgs (Vicar, St Gabriel’s, Pimlico)

Lesley Taherzadeh O’Mara (National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom)

Mariano Marcigaglia (The Buddhist Society)

Rabbi Dr Thomas Salamon (Westminster Synagogue)

Rabbi Sam Taylor (Western Marble Arch Synagogue)

Rajpal (Raj) Singh Ghataoura (City Sikhs Network)

Revd Ari Cohen (Minister, West End Great Synagogue)

Revd Cath Duce (Curate, St Stephen with St John)

Revd Jon Dal Din (Director, Westminster Interfaith)

Revd Graham Buckle (Vicar, St Stephen with St John)

Revd Kevin Mowbray (Priest, Notre Dame de France)

Revd Lis Goddard (Vicar, St James the Less, Pimlico)

Revd Mark Dean (Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor, University of the Arts London)

The Revd Philip Chester (St Matthew, Westminster and St Mary le Strand)

Revd William Whitcombe (Lead Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor, University of the Arts London)

Shaista Miah (Victoria Islamic Cultural and Education Centre / Bangladesh Welfare Association)

Ven Chueh Yun (IBPS UK London Fo Guang Shan Temple)

Steven Derby (Director, Interfaith Matters)

Shrove Tuesday (AKA Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent. Traditionally, pancakes are eaten before the fasting season begins. Come and get your freshly flipped pancake in Chelsea Parade Ground at 3pm on Tuesday 9 Feb.

Followed by our Ashing Service at High Holborn on Ash Wednesday – all welcome. Contact the chaplains for details

UAL Carol Service Raises Over £300 for Shelter

On Thursday 10 December, students, staff and friends of UAL gathered for carols by candlelight at St George’s Bloomsbury, the last London church to be built by the great late 17th century architect, Nicholas Hawksmoor.

The beautiful church interior glowed with candlelight as popular carols were sung, alongside performances by professional singers of early medieval European Christmas songs.

Familiar Christmas stories from the Bible of the journey to Bethlehem, the shepherds, wise men and Jesus in the Manger were read by the Vice Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, students and staff. David Peebles, the Rector of Bloomsbury, challenged our understanding of power in today’s world, by reminding us that God came to us at Christmas as the seemingly powerless baby Jesus..

In our prayers  we remembered  those who have died within our University community over the past year:

Jim Pearson
Kristina Kurkina
Synestra de Courcy
Francois Alexis
Min Kyoung Kim (known as Zia to her friends, and Clara to her family)

During the last carol, and before refreshments were served, over £300 was generously raised for the London based homeless charity, Shelter, for their Christmas appeal.

 

University Carol Service


Thursday 10 December at 6 pm
St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SA

followed by mince pies & mulled wine
all welcome – free event

The church is fully accessible from street level. The church has an external lift in the front driveway entrance for disabled patrons. Access to the lift is via the front left (west) driveway entrance in Bloomsbury Way.

Meditation East/West

Chelsea MA Graphic Design student Xiyu Zhao’s current project explores the cultural stresses experienced by international students – you can see a great example of her work above, and more on her blog at xiyuzhao.tumblr.com.

In the meditation sessions provided by the chaplaincy across the university, rather than seeking escape from the world, we seek peace within it.  This week we held a meditation session in the Cookhouse gallery as part of Xiyu’s  Work in Progress Show :

Carols by Candlelight Raises £300 for Shelter


© Ros Elwes

On Thursday 4 December, around 200 students, staff and friends of UAL gathered for carols by candlelight at St George’s Bloomsbury, the last London church to be built by the great late 17th century architect, Nicholas Hawksmoor.

The beautiful church interior glowed with candlelight as popular carols were sung, alongside performances by professional singers of early medieval European Christmas songs.

Familiar Christmas stories from the Bible of the journey to Bethlehem, the shepherds, wise men and Jesus in the Manger were read by the Vice Chancellor, Nigel Carrington, students and staff. David Peebles, the Rector of Bloomsbury, challenged our understanding of power in today’s world, by reminding us that God came to us at Christmas as the seemingly powerless baby Jesus, who would change the world.

At the end of the service, and before refreshments were served, £300 was generously raised for the London based homeless charity, Shelter, for their Christmas appeal.

 

All Revd Up & Ready To Go

mark-william-by-tim-marshallTim Marshall, Photography Technician at CSM, publishes Kings Cross Stories where a recent post features your friendly neighbourhood chaplains. More of Tim’s work can be seen at behance.net including these images taken for a Guardian article on the 59 Club, the largest motorcycle club in the world, started by ‘Ton-Up’ vicar William Shergold …being that he was a motorcyclist himself, Father Bill decided to hold a church service for motorcyclists in 1962. He finally plucked up courage and visited The Ace Cafe on the North Circular Road and handed out leaflets about the service. He had an immense reaction. The church was full of Rockers. Even some of their bikes were brought into the church to be blessed.

photographs above by Timothy Hadrian Marshall