MINE: Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road; Climate Change&Poverty; Clean Medina; Buy Nothing Day; National Tree Week

Assalam aleikum (peace be upon you) Brothers and Sisters,
May this message find you in the best of health and spirits.

Welcome to this edition of news sharing from the Midlands Islamic Network for the Environment (MINE). In this e-mail:

– Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road, 15/11
– Climate Change & Poverty, 16/11
– Clean Medina in Small Heath, 24/11
– Buy Nothing Day, 24/11
– National Tree Week, 21/11 – 2/12
– HomePlanet & other plans


a lecture by Paul-Gordon Chandler (www.paulgordonchandler.com), author, Episcopal priest and interfaith activist, currently working in the Middle East, visits the Queen’s Foundation at the invitation of the Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies, and presents fresh thinking in the area of Christian Muslim relations. Mr Chandler grew up in Muslim West Africa, and has lived and worked extensively throughout the Islamic world with churches, religious publishing and Christian relief and development agencies. He boldly explores how these two major religions can not only co-exist, but also enrich each other. Of his latest book, Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road, Archbishop Desmond Tutu says: We must think beyond the present walls of the church to move forward. The issues dealt with in this timely book demonstrate God’s divine embrace, providing a bridge in the gap.”

Where: Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies, The Queen’s Foundation, Somerset Rd, Birmingham B15 2QH
When: Thursday 15 November 2007, Wakefield Room, from 6.30pm in the Common Room (next to the Chapel). Lecture begins at 7.30pm.

More info: Drinks, snacks and an opportunity to meet some of those who live and study at the Foundation, all welcome! Please assist us by registering your attendance with Ruth Padley on r.padley@queens.ac.uk or 0121-454-1527.


Oxfam, Islamic Relief, Friends of the Earth Birmingham, Birmingham TUC and Practical Action invite you to a discussion evening with Roger Godsiff, MP for Sparkbrook + Small Heath and Nazmul Chowdhury, a Climate Change Project Officer from Bangladesh. While the UK continues to discuss action to take on climate change, developing countries are already seeing the consequences. We are joined by Nazmul Chowdhury to hear his first hand experience of the effects of climate change and how he is working to deal with the consequences on the ground in Bangladesh. Local MP, Roger Godsiff will explain what he believes the Government should do in the way of climate change legislation for the UK and answer questions from the public in attendance.

Where: Moseley School, Wake Green Road, B13 9QD (enter via Gate B, Spring Hill College entrance)
When: Friday 16th November, 7:15 for 7:30pm. End time: 9pm.
More info: Open to all, free of charge. No need to book but to register interest or for more info or if you’d like to help with some leafleting to publicise the event, call Chris Williams, 0121 632 6909 or email campaigns@birminghamfoe.org.uk


As part of Islam Awareness Week (IAW) the Zawiya Centre in Small Heath is continuing the Clean Madina Campaign, cleaning up the local area (cleanliness is half our faith, picking up rubbish from the street is one of the 70 branches of faith).

When: Saturday 24/11, 12-3pm
Where: in and around Jenkins street, Small Heath
More info: Volunteers needed, light lunch will be available. For more information: 0121 766 8364; e-mail: aminatrust@hotmail.co.uk All Welcome


24/11 is Buy Nothing Day, with an aim to stop and think for a day on how much we buy, what and why we buy, plus think about the impact our buying has on others: are the makers of the products being paid a decent wage for their efforts? Could it have been made/ grown locally, but did we buy similar ones flown halfway across the world?!


Midlands Islamic Network for the Environment and Birmingham Friends of the Earth Multifaith Project are planning a tree planting event in Small Heath Park. Due to the changing climate, however, we’re not sure whether the trees will be ready in time!

National Tree Week is from 21/11 – 2/12.


HomePlanet, the environment show by Midlands Islamic Network for the Environment is now on air Saturdays 1-2pm, repeated during the week. The show includes slots on Costing the earth, Green Birmingham, Faith & Environment, Save Cash& Planet.

New initial plans for 2008 include a monthly faith & environment book club and/ or a ladies only monthly meeting on how we can implement our duty of Creation in daily life. Do get in touch if you have any ideas/ thoughts/ suggestions etc on this or other plans you might have.

If you’re aware of any other events etc happening in and around Birmingham, please let me know!

In peace,



Info on HomePlanet, environment radio shows archive:

http://www.birminghamfoe.org.uk/ClimateandFaith (check under ‘Resources’)

Corruption has appeared in the land and sea for that men’s own hands have earned, that God may let them taste some part of what they have done, so that they may return to their senses (Qur’an 30: 41)

“Live in this world as if you were going to live forever; prepare for the next world as if you were going to die tomorrow.” (Prophet Muhammad)
Individually we can make a difference, together we can change the world!