STUDY / ACTION CIRCLE - Faith In The 21st Century

  • April 24, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Following a successful first meeting of this study circle in March, this will be a follow up meeting so that the discussion started there can be carried further.

The aim is to explore how we can understand better each other's position and to examine how we can continue dialogue and possibly social action across boundaries. We want to explore the established religions, the advent of new religious movements, the growing interest in spirituality and the changing face of humanism as it responds to this.

This new circle is being convened by Mark Barrett who has got together a group of people who want to explore interfaith dialogue and to include all faiths and none in North London. Possible concrete aims for this project have already been put forward by others in his area, with suggestions as follows:

(1) Values and Action - exploration of universal values, to discuss how different faiths and humanism treat those values, identify common ground and possibly develop concrete action projects together.

(2) Abrahamic Scriptural Reasoning - exploration of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to study and discuss together how each religion's scriptures and religious practices treat, for example different scriptural episodes, universal values and/or prophetic characters, and then on to a wider discussion of ramifications, in terms of individual and social action in the modern secular world.

This will therefore be the first meeting of what we hope will be an ongoing study and /or possibly an action circle.

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  • Mark B.


    Sorry i thought it was already up: The Dialogue Society / Rumi Mosque 337 Fore Street, Edmonton, London, N9 0NU

    An interesting idea from the USA came to me yesterday 'American Muslims led by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) have twinned mosques and synagogues across the country. This robust partnership of Abrahamic religions in a pluralist America has given birth to refreshing Muslim religious leadership in a way that is absent in Europe. This is an American asset, a model for other nations.'

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    How about we go for a campaign for Abrahamic tripleting ? :)

    See you all soon - looking forward to it!

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • Mark B.

      yes let's make sure it's all inclusive - can you invite other people from the hindu community to participate Neil ?

      May 9, 2013

    • Francis S.

      I agree with Neil it is important to broaden this out. As the growing powers of India and China make their presence felt on the world stage then politically as well as in religious terms pluralism and non monotheistic modes of thought will become increasingly important.

      May 9, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Hi again :)

    Sarah and I, plus others have decided to organise a Summer globalnet21 picnic

    Something we can easily do to have a nice social + family-friendly time, welcoming and warm for all faiths and none and where we can share food, culture and maybe also discussion about the way forward.

    Probably early August in Regents Park

    Sound like a plan !?

    Please join our group at

    Also we will have another North London study group meeting on June 12 - all welcome

    cheers !

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Hi All

    Salaam Shalom and Peace to you

    This is just a quick note to say that we have been given a new place to work on the new Global Net 21 site for our Faith in the 21st Century Study / Action project, started on March 20th at the Rumi Mosque in Edmonton and followed up on the 24th April. Please go to the link at and register there. It's important we build a solid presence on the new Global Net site and this is a place we can develop and share more widely the important conversation we started in March, and also take forward the ideas we felt it important to action.

    Incidentally, our next meeting will be June 5th. Hope to see you there


    May 4, 2013

  • Mark B.

    hello Neil and everyone - i agree with your comments and maybe we can make that a key agenda item at the next meeting which will take place on June 4th in same venue. As discussed on Wed we now have an on-line space for our group on the main GN21 site at please do join and we can continue our work there. We will also meet after the May 7 gathering at the House of Commons ( ) where we intend to distribute an open letter.

    April 26, 2013

  • Neil M.

    I thought that our group had a diverse set of opinions which added to the depth of the discussion. We may need to build consensus on the scope of the project and gain an inclusive audience from all backgrounds.

    April 25, 2013

  • Mark B.

    hi all

    thanks for a good meeting last night - thanks to all who made it possible, attended or sent apologies

    Minutes are posted at

    more in a bit.. have a good day all


    April 25, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting range of ideas aired and considered leading to positive plans and action dates

    April 24, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Monday 22 April 2013 at Royal Commonwealth Society:
    Peace Talks: War, Peace and Faith Discussion was quite philosophical-academic, but was very good:
    One statement from the panel: Buddhist countries Srilanka, Myanmar, Thailand are very prone to religious conflicts

    Hate to say today I'm NOT feeling well and going to miss this excellent meeting

    April 24, 2013

  • Francis S.

    Mark Barrett tells me that Sarah Lonton wrote the following beautiful document following their 1st meeting and has asked me to post the link to it. It is to be found at We will ask Sarah if she will put it up on our Blog Mark says he is going to see if there is enough interest tonight to form an interfaith group on our new website then we can focus all discussion there.

    April 24, 2013

  • Andria

    I may have to come with my five yr old though we will not stay long as I need to get her to bed. (Babysitter let me down:-( ))Aah the life of a largely-lone parent...

    April 24, 2013

  • Emily

    without the location will be difficult for me to plan...

    April 23, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    looking forward to it

    April 23, 2013

  • Neil M.

    Contd. from below-No matter what our differences, we all have the same human instinct and common core beliefs in how we should behave in society and how we should treat each other and our environment. We have a choice-to build on where the different faiths and non faiths connect and that is in how we should uplift each other by uplifting ourselves. The source of this strength can be considered as our own self belief or in this interconnectedness of life within the Universe. Our ultimate purpose is to uplift each other and preserve our planet. Does it really matter if we are fully right, partly right or in some aspects wrong in our understanding of that which realistically cannot be fully explained in words or text alone?

    April 23, 2013

  • Neil M.

    It is our take on religion & faith/non faith that has the ability to either unify or divide nations and even the world. The end purpose of following a path or religion is to gain faith in oneself and in how we connect with our environment, with each other and with the Universe. Some of us believe in the spiritual nature of the universe which we call God. Again some of us believe in God but have different understanding on whom and what God is and how we should relate to God. Others claim that their understanding of this Universal Spirit is the absolute truth and their path, vision and texts on God are the only Truth in the Universe. The next question that arises is how we connect the different vantage points towards our understanding of God. Contd.

    April 23, 2013

  • terence f.

    location please

    April 22, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Hi Everyone
    Really looking forward to Wed which again is in beautiful Rumi Mosque near Edmonton Green railway station. Last time we had wide ranging discussion on need for faiths to talk and work together, and agreed to develop a values and vision doc to take forward our aims. We also discussed proposals for May 7th meeting at the House of Commons which GlobalNet21 has arranged on multiculturalism an open letter to faith leaders, believers and humanists calling on them to collaborate in a more co-ordinated way. Finally we considered the possibility of organising a festival or arts based response to the challenges of interfaith work. To summarise : an inspiring and concrete action packed discussion which I look forward very much to continuing this week! Looking forward to seeing you all on Wed


    1 · April 22, 2013

  • cassandra o.

    let me know the venue

    April 11, 2013

  • dave p.

    Looking forward to this again

    April 11, 2013

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