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SMFF Inter-faith walk Saturday 18th September 2021

The walk will be from 1.30pm to 7pm. This year the Southwark Multi Faith Forum (SMFF) walk is through the north of the borough starting at Southwark Cathedral, calling at 3 other venues - Christian, Muslim, and Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints - from London Bridge through the Elephant & Castle to Walworth, ending with a vegetarian BBQ. There will be a couple of short talks at each venue. In addition to the speakers from the venues there will also be speakers from the Jewish and Bahá'i faiths. You can join and leave the walk at any time. Tickets and the BBQ are free. But you must register for Covid safety reasons. Please register here: . Numbers are limited so that's another important reason to register. A copy of the illustrated guide with details is here. Please email SMFF < if you have any queries or need more information. These walks are very enjoyable - meeting and walking with other local people interested in learning more about different faiths, and about the varied histories of the different faith related buildings in the borough.

Ramadan April - May 2020

Ramadan 2020 will be 23/24 April to 23/24 May. It will be a different experience for Muslims because of COVID-19. Here is guidance to help Muslims in Britain, and explain Ramadan to friends, neighbours and colleagues: Media:MCB-Ramadan-2020-Guidance.pdf

Inter-faith walk Sunday 9th September 2019

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Inter-faith walk Sunday 9th September 2018

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The Southwark Inter-Faith walk will take place on Sunday 9th September. It starts at 12pm midday at the Old Mill Building 72 Copeland Park, SE15, the home of Communities Outreach Ministries, a Pentecostal church. There will be a talk about the church and its community, and also their restoration of the Victorian factory building. This is threatened by redevelopment and Peckham Vision and Community Outreach Ministries are working together to present the case for its preservation as an important historical and social asset. The walk will leave the building at 1pm and walk to Rye Lane Chapel through the Copeland Park which is home to several churches and a mosque as well as hundreds of small businesses. The walk also visits a Buddhist Centre and a mosque and at each stop hears talks about different faiths and also the story of each of the historic buildings. The walk is arranged by the Southwark Multi Faith Forum (SMFF) residents' team, and continues to other Peckham places and beyond.

Multi Faith Eid celebration 1st & 2nd September 2017

Thousands of people – Muslims and non Muslims – congregated at Burgess Park earlier this month to celebrate one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar, Eid ul-Adha. Among the guests were Southwark dignitaries including councillors, MPs and the Mayor of Southwark Charlie Smith. Eileen Conn, from Southwark Multi Faith Forum, and newly-elected chairman of Southwark Muslim Forum Mr MA Quddus were among those who attended. Neil Coyle MP and Councillor Maria Linforth-Hall were also invited guests. Festival organiser Musharraf Chaudhury said he was pleased the event was so well received by Muslims and also visitors from other faiths and no faiths.

SMFF statement on the London Bridge attack 3rd June 2017

On behalf of the Southwark Multi-Faith Forum, I wish to express our deepest shock and sorrow at the horrific, senseless acts of terrorism that struck at the heart of our borough last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by this dreadful attack, and to those who continue to work round the clock to offer support to those in need.
Yet again we find ourselves, as a city and as a country, having to confront the evil of terrorism on the streets of our city. Yet again we find ourselves witnesses to tragedy. In the difficult days ahead, it is more important than ever that we come together, to support one another – united in the face of those who seek to divide us. Musharraf Chaudhury. Chairperson, Southwark Multi-Faith Forum (SMFF)

SMFF is the place for people to connect with others on inter-faith and multi-faith matters of common interest in London Borough of Southwark.

  • It is co-ordinated by a multi faith team of volunteers aiming to connect people interested in good work between faiths that is happening in the borough.
  • We encourage those who share an interest in these matters to join our email list: email for information -

SMFF statement on Manchester attack 26th May 2017

"We, the Southwark Multi-Faith Forum, are united in our horror and sorrow at the appalling attacks that took place in Manchester this week. Our hearts go out to all the victims, to their families, and all those affected, and we stand in solidarity with them in the days ahead. Their loss is our loss, and they do not grieve alone.
Whilst the targeting of innocent children and families at a pop concert showed us the very worst of humanity, the actions of so many others on that night and in the days that followed have shown us all the very best of humanity. We pay tribute to the heroism and compassion of the concert-goers, passers-by, and emergency services who sought to help and comfort those in need.
In recent days we have been inspired by the kindness and strength of the people of Manchester – a great and proud city – as they have come together to support one another. Their message of unity in the face of division, and of love in the face of hatred,has shone brightly through the darkness. It is a reminder to us all that the decency and unity of our communities will always triumph."
Copy of the statement.

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Peckham Inter Faith walk 25th April 2015

INTERFAITH WALK PECKHAM - THIS Saturday 25th April 10-4pm join any time
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Peckham Inter Faith walk 5th January 2013

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A locally arranged inter-faith walk was organised in Peckham on Saturday 5th January 2013 between 11am and 3.30pm, visiting several faith places:

  • 11.00am Copleston Centre Church
  • 12.15pm Choumert Grove Mosque
  • 13.45pm Rye Lane Baptist Chapel
  • 14.45pm Baha'i Faith members hosting the end of the walk at the police station Peckham High St.

The idea was to meet other-faith neighbours. It was open to all faiths or none, and those interested to know more about other faiths, or inter faith work, or our multi faith society, or visit interesting Peckham buildings or any combination of those. It was a gentle walk, for at times between 50 and 70 people, and an enjoyable and interesting way for us all to learn more about each other as neighbours. It was organised by Rev Paul Collier of Copleston Centre Church,Jamille Mohammed secretary of the Peckham Islamic Centre,and Sgt Emma Dickinson of the police Lane Safer Neighbourhood Team, with the support of Eileen Conn vice-chair of the Southwark Multi Faith Forum (SMFF)and coordinator of Peckham Vision, and the South London Inter Faith Group (SLIFG). The unanimous conclusion was that this was an excellent way to develop good connections between people of different faiths and cultures in Peckham. There was significant interest in finding out more and likely support for educational activities, and involving more local venues.

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Mosques in Southwark 2011 = a short video of how mosques can make themselves more open to the public. ti enhance the understanding of Muslims in Southwark.