I wonder if there have been many heated discussions about the role of the Queen and the diamond Jubilee around the country. I know that I have heard many different strong points of view. I guess having lived almost next door to them in Scotland for a few years I am a bit biased. Also too meeting her in Lambeth Palace in March and seeing just how many hands she shakes in a day, how long she is on her feet and the number of speeches she makes and at age 86 does increase my respect for…Continue
This is a busy life and so I have not been able to blog much. The needs and challenges in this city are huge. Islington is a borough of very rich and very poor and that is a recipe for problems exascerbated by all the cuts. I am very involved in Interfaith here and recently we have offered trainings for faith, refuge and BME groups around coping with people coming to us with mental health and poverty issues. Yesterday we had a training on the safety precautions we need to take. Sadly this…Continue
This is Interfaith Week and this was the main event for the Inter Faith Network UK. As interfaith officer for the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK. Acharya Modgala attended this alongside Venerable Seelawimila from the Chiswick Vihara and Desmond Biddulph from the Buddhist Society -representing Buddhism in the discussions.
The first short introductory talk was from Lord Sacks the Chief Rabbi who…Continue
Early this morning the phone rang. BBc radio London asking me to go on a programme to speak about last nights riots over the police shooting of a local man. I live just a few miles away and through my work with Islington interfaith know the troubles that our communities face. Next month in Islington is Peace Month where I am part of a team organising visits to school assemblies mediated by some of our faith leaders. This year we will linking up the work of "Arsenal in the community" facing…Continue