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13 March 2013

Our guest speaker at our final meeting was Jehangir Sarosh, co-moderator of the European Council for Religious Leaders and Executive Director of the UK Chapter of Religions for Peace, who spoke about the relationship between Zoroastrianism and other faiths.

Following the announcement in December of the closure of the Faiths Council Anne Brown and Ellis Weinberger gave a talk on the history and achievements of EEFC and then Jenny Kartupelis spoke about the sources of information and support of the type that the Faiths Council has been providing, and about the legacy projects that EEFC is putting in place to help promote inter faith in the future.

There was then time for delegates to talk to one another and to exchange contact details. At the end of the meeting Jim Platts led a short session of quiet prayer for the future.

EEFC Minutes 13 March 2013

13 December 2012

At this Meeting we had two guest speakers from the Cambridge based Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics. Established in 1988, relying on donations and grants for its funding, this now international organisation aims to unite business, governments and the professions. The first speaker spoke from the point of view of ethics in business, corporate social responsibility, and the second speaker, with a background in banking spoke about the importance in the economy of SMEs, their advantages and disadvantages.

A third guest speaker from Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spoke about the role and benefits of multi faith organisations in public life.

Plans for, and the problems facing East of England Faiths Council's future were discussed at length and the very regrettable necessity to close the Council at the end of March 2013 because of a lack of funding were announced.

EEFC Minutes 13 December 2012

27 September 2012

Professor David Ford spoke about interreligious reading today and then answered questions arising from his talk.

The Annual Report for 2011/2012 was presented to the meeting. A copy of this report can be downloaded as a pdf document by following this link An overview of activities throughout the past year was given highlighting the main areas covered and information about the funding and sustainability of EEFC for the forthcoming year was presented.

EEFC Minutes 27 September 2012

12 June 2012

The first speaker at the meeting spoke about the ways a community cares for its older and vulnerable members, by meeting practical needs, such as transport and support for older people returning home from hospital, and thus enabling them to maintain their independence.

We continued our ‘working with other faiths’ discussions from a Sikh tradition with a presentation from a member of the Cambridge Sikh Society.

There was also a presentation from a Policy Analyst and researcher with long experience in the local government sector about Participatory budgeting: how faith groups can get involved.

EEFC Minutes 12 June 2012

22 March 2012

Our theme of exploring the different faith traditions’ approach to inter faith work continued at this meeting with a presentation from Dr Murray Corke, a lay member of the Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and a Dharma teacher of that tradition. Dr Corke gave the meeting a brief overview of Buddhism and one perspective on the Buddhist position on inter faith work following the Buddhist ideals of non-violence and sustainable living.

Our second speaker at this meeting was Molly Blackburn who gave an account of her work with the Open Out scheme, supporting victims of hate crime.

Both speakers included thought provoking question and answer session.

EEFC Minutes 22 March 2012

15 December, 2011

We continued our exploration of the different faith traditions’ approach to inter faith work with a presentation from Ramesh Pattni, Chair of Interfaith, Hindu Forum of Britain, who spoke on Hindu Perspectives on Inter Faith Dialogue.

2011 celebrates the centenary of the visit to Britain by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha’i faith, and Wendi Momen told us more about this very significant occasion for Baha’is; Kathleen ben Rabha also updated us on initiatives in the region relating to mental health and spirituality.

EEFC Minutes 15 December 2011

21 September, 2011

This meeting followed the Annual General Meeting, which reported on finance and activity and included a presentation on faith and public policy from Revd. Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Public Affairs for the Church of England.

The regular quarterly meeting followed our usual format. The guest speaker was Dr Ed Kessler MBE, Founding Director of The Woolf Institute, who continued our series of different views of working with other faiths, with a talk on The Jewish perspective on inter-faith dialogue. There was also an extended opportunity to ‘Meet your neighbour’, and a report on recent EEFC activities.

EEFC Minutes 21 September 2011