A fascinating session on: ‘Endangered Spaces - Christian-Muslim Relations in a Divided World' - takes place next Tuesday as part of the Waterloo Festival at St John’s, Waterloo.
Recent events have put relations between Muslims and Christians under the spotlight as never before. Sacred spaces and values are shared up and down the country. But good relations do not make dramatic headlines. And what will happen to these spaces when the cycle of terrorism - supposedly in the name of Islam – and Islamophobia seem to be worsening?
It's time to talk about the beliefs we all share and robustly debate ideas that threaten peaceful co-existence. This panel responds to the bleakness, with grassroots Christian and Muslim practitioners sharing insights and constructive ways forward in these challenging times.
• Fatimah Ashrif (Project Lead for Coexist House and coordinator of Rumi's Circle)
• Sughra Ahmed (Yale Greenberg World Fellow and former Chair of the Islamic Society of Britain)
• Halima Gosai Hussain (Chair of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative and Trustee of the Muslim Institute)
• Canon Giles Goddard (Vicar of St John's with St Andrew's Waterloo)
• Reverend Bonnie Evans-Hills (Interfaith Adviser, Diocese of St Albans, Parish of Kimpton w Ayot St Lawrence)
The event is part of Sacred Spaces at the Waterloo Festival which runs until 25 June. Other events include a Poetry evening and a celebration of women who rebuilt the Waterloo Bridge after the Second World War. Also a Sustainable Flower Festival whuch opend yesterday, where visitors can experience incredible Flower Stations created inside St John's, by local florists and gardeners. Refreshments are available in a floral setting at the Flower Café.
Tuesday, June 20th, 7pm - 10pm
London: ‘Endangered Spaces - Christian-Muslim Relations in a Divided World
At St John's, Waterloo
Tickets £5, includes supper/Iftar
Full programme and tickets at: www.waterloofestival.com
St John's is easily found on Waterloo Road, opposite the IMAX, right near Waterloo Station and a short stroll from South Bank. The nearest bus stop is Waterloo Bridge.