MINE: faith&enviro circles; multifaith quiz; fairtrade & enviro; green place of worship exchange; debt&climate change

Assalam aleikum (may peace be upon you) all!

May this message find you in the best of health and spirits.


The faith & environment book club got off to a good start at the end of
January, thank God. We’ve set the readings for the coming 6 months so we can
all read & reflect (or pick & choose). The reading for February (we’re
meeting 28 Feb) is an extract from ‘Faith in Conservation’, published by the
Alliance for Religions and Conservation. Send me an e-mail if you’d like an
overview of all the chosen readings plus a copy of the February reading.

This Thursday (14 Feb) will see the first meeting of the ladies only ‘Faith
& Environment – Walk Our Talk’ meeting. It is from 7-9pm at The Zawiya (1
Jenkins Str, off Coventry Road, Small Heath). Considering we’re being
bombarded with ‘love’ all around us for 14 Feb, the topic for the first
meeting will be: how do we show love to God for Creation? Is praying enough?
What 3 practical actions can we all take home to increase our practice of
faith (and help avert climate change)? Give it a try, all ladies welcome!

Teams are invited from different faith groups to join the Progressive
Synagogue for a multifaith quiz night. Teams of 4-6 will take part in an
enjoyable quiz of general knowledge questions (including it in this update
as I’m hoping/ praying it has a category of questions on the environment!).
If you cannot make up a team, don’t worry- teams can be made up on the
night. Light refreshments provided

WHERE: Friends Meeting House, George Road, Edgbaston
WHEN: Saturday 23th February from 7.30pm
ENTRANCE: £1 per person
For further information or to ensure a place for yourself or your team call
David or Val    0121 427 2047
Neil            0121 777 0344
Yvonne  01527 875373 (or see e-mail in CC)

The dates set for 2008 Fairtrade Fortnight are 25 February to 9 March 2008.
The aim of the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign is to challenge people to make
small changes in their everyday lives by choosing Fairtrade products when
they shop or to purchase across the range, triggering a positive change in
people’s lives in developing countries. This action will directly benefit
farmers and workers, enabling them to begin to make changes to their lives
and environment. If you have a venue and audience, we have a speaker on
‘fairtrade & environment’ or ‘Islam, fairtrade & environment’.
Birmingham likes Fairtrade: http://www.fairtradebirmingham.org.uk/

An evening to share ideas, experience and inspiration with other churches in
Birmingham, though I’m sure they wouldn’t mind people from other faiths
(incl. Muslims) coming along to learn about greening their mosques etc?!

WHERE: Selly Park Baptist Church
WHEN: Tues March 11th at 7.30-9.30pm
For more info: contact Birmingham Friends of the Earth Multifaith Project
Worker, Maud Grainger (e-mail in CC)

Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) Birmingham and Midlands Islamic Network for the
Environment (MINE) invite you for an informative evening on ‘debt & climate
change’ (the facts about int’l debt and climate change, plus Christian &
Muslim views). This is in preparation for the big rerun of the thousands
strong ‘human chain’ in May 1998 (ten years ago) to ask G-8 leaders meeting
in B’ham to ‘drop the debt’

WHEN: Tuesday 13 May 2008 (I know, still some time away, but keep the date
free), 6.30-9pm
WHERE: to be confirmed

As debt repayments and environmental impacts influence each other quite
strongly (and my day job is at Islamic Relief), I’ll mention briefly that 14
May eve Islamic Relief are organising a ‘poverty & debt’ evening. For more
info: contact brothers Hamayoon/ Imran (CC’d)
Birmingham likes to drop the debt:

Should you lose the above, God willing a copy of it will soon appear on:

In peace,