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Interfaith Iftar: Welcoming the Stranger


Date: Sunday 27 May 2018

Time: 19:30 to 22:30

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

Tickets: £10.00 +booking fee - Click here to book your place

The City Circle and St James's Church are delighted to invite you to our annual Interfaith Iftar at St James’s Church, Piccadilly on Sunday 27 May.

Now in its third year, the evening will once again unite people of all faiths and none in celebrating the values and spirituality of Ramadan while joining in the breaking of the fast as a community.

Our theme this year is Welcoming the Stranger. With ongoing conflicts around the world displacing millions of people, our diverse panel of speakers will explore the importance of faith-based communities in coming together to offer refuge and safety to the stranger. Our keynote speaker will be the well-known Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Founder of Utrujj Foundation.

After breaking the fast and evening prayers, we will have a delicious dinner together, with a choice of Sri Lankan biryanis, Moroccan tagines, Jamaican curries and more. All dishes will be halal, with vegetarian options and special dietary requirements catered for. Dates for the breaking of the fast have generously been donated by social enterprise Zaytoun. This will be a great chance to mingle with old friends and new.

We look forward to welcoming you at our Iftar.


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

Keynote address: Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Founder of Utrujj Foundation @Utrujj

Vivienne Jackson, JUMP Co-ordinator, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) @JCOREUK

Simon Perfect, Co-Chair, Westminster Refugee Welcome @SimplyMrPerfect 

Additional details

This is a ticketed event. Advanced booking essential. No tickets will be available on the door.

All welcome. Prayer space available. Doors open at 19:30 and the talk begins at 20:00.

If you have any questions, please contact

Photo credit: Rooful Ali