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Interfaith Iftar: Extending the hand of friendship

The City Circle and St James's Church Piccadilly are delighted to invite you to our fourth annual Interfaith Iftar to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Date: Sunday 12 May 2019

Time: 19:00 to 22:00

Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

Tickets: £15.00 - Click here to book your place

Once again, the evening is an opportunity for people of all beliefs to unite in learning about the values and spirituality of Ramadan and to experience the breaking of the fast together.

Our theme this year is "extending the hand of friendship": our collective duty as faith-based communities to move beyond tolerance or mere acceptance of "the stranger" and to befriend them instead. Following a welcome address from Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church and Ben Walker, Co-Chair of The City Circle, our diverse panel of speakers will discuss both their own experiences of settling in the UK as refugees, and some of the practical initiatives currently in progress which extend the hand of friendship to those forced to seek asylum.

Finally, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Lady Gilda Levy, the Chair and Co-Founder of the Women’s Interfaith Network. Herself the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents who came to Britain from Vienna to escape Nazi persecution, strives to bring communities together to make a more respectful and humane society.

As sunset approaches, we will have the opportunity to break the fast together. We are very grateful to the social enterprise Zaytoun for generously donating dates for us to break our fast with.

Following evening prayers, a fresh dinner will be available in the church's outdoor courtyard, giving you the chance to meet other guests.

We hope that you will be able to join us, and look forward to welcoming you to our Iftar.


Speakers

Chair: Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly

Keynote speaker: Lady Gilda Levy, Chair and Co-Founder, Women’s Interfaith Network  @Win_Interfaith

Gilda Levy was born in London the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents who came to Britain from Vienna to escape Nazi persecution. She qualified as a teacher of English and drama and spent many years as a governor of a local primary school and teaching children with moderate learning problems. Gilda also worked in a residential home for younger physically disabled people running a literary and drama discussion group, in a voluntary capacity. Her family history had a deep impact on her and through the Women’s Interfaith Network, she strives to bring communities together to make a more respectful and humane society.

Rabbi Helen Freeman, West London Synagogue

Jonathan Miller, Community Minister, American International Church, London

Gulwali Passarlay, Author of The Lightless Sky and Afghan refugee @GulwaliP

Jonathan Miller, Community Minister, American International Church, London

A member of the Al Shaabin family, Syrian refugees

Tim Finch, Peckham Sponsors Refugees

Dinner options

This year we have secured four professional caterers - just choose your preferred option on the night!

  1. SrilCatering (Ski Lanka)
  2. Lixus (Moroccan)
  3. Rummanco (Jamaican)
  4. Redtent (Ethiopia)

All food is halal and all caterers have vegetarian options.

 

Additional details

This is a ticketed event. Advanced booking essential. Click here to book your place.

No tickets will be available on the door. For security reasons, no entry will be granted without registered tickets.

Doors open at 18:15 and the programme starts at 19:00. There will be musical performances by groups of different faiths to welcome guests as they arrive.

Prayer space available. If you have any questions, please contact ben@thecitycircle.com.

Photo credit: Farrukh Younus