The importance of voting

FTiL organised hustings on 17th April with the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates for the London Assembly (to represent the Lambeth and Southwark constituency). About 30 people attended and the candidates answered 12 questions that had been submitted in advance and a few more from the meeting.

When FTiL's management committee reviewed the event there was praise for the harmonious approach that the four candidates adopted, even though there were clearly important policy differences among them.

One of the benefits from the meeting was a chance to clarify the voting system in London elections which have only existed in their present form since 2000 and are not yet familiar to many people. The importance of taking the trouble to vote is all the greater because the 25 places on the London Assemply are determined on a proportional basis. So any vote that you fail to cast is not only a loss to the party you would like to support but also increases the proportion of the total vote gained by other parties. This increases the risk of small parties with extreme policies gaining 5% of the total and thus getting one of the 25 seats.

The elections take place this Thursday, 3rd May.

May is Hospitality Month

Faiths Together in Lambeth is repeating an initiative that had some useful results last year. Grants of up to £100 are being offered to a small number of FTiL Member or Associate Organisations in order to enable them to hold a hospitality event (breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, ... ) that has a multi-faith participation.


  • Qualifying hospitality events must take place in the month of May 2012 or soon afterwards (so could include the Jubilee Weekend for example).
  • The FTiL Management Committee will want to be convinced that events receiving grants will bring together people of different faiths (preferably 3 or more faiths).
  • FTiL will need to receive a request by e-mail before an event can be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will be awarded to qualifying events on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to receiving applications for these grants. New Member Organisations will have as much chance as established ones. You can apply for membership from this website.

London Assembly Election Hustings

Only a week and a bit now before our Hustings for invited candidates (from the four parties that had the biggest numbers of votes in 2008) who are standing for Lambeth and Southwark constituency in this year's elections to the  London Assembly. On Tuesday 17th April we shall be at the Karibu Education Centre in Gresham Road - refreshments from 5.30pm for a prompt start at 6pm.

FTiL is very grateful to committee member Julie Tedeschi for signing up the four candidates.

Jonathan Bartley Green
Rob Blackie Liberal Democrat
Michael Mitchell Conservative
Val Shawcross Labour

The Hustings are an opportunity for any of you members of the voting public to come and hear a little of what these candidates have to say and ask them whatever questions you wish. You are invited to send questions in advance to FTiL but there will also be opportunities on the night. Questions could include issues about the Mayoral candidates from these same four parties.

Don't forget - the elections take place on Thursday 3rd May.

Faith Hate Crime

Hate crime is any incident based upon prejudice or hatred towards an individual because of their actual or perceived race, disability, sexual orientation or faith. You can report hate crime online by completing Lambeth council’s e-reporting form or by contacting the Lambeth Hate Crime Coordinatior on 0207 926 2796 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yvonne Okiyo is Lambeth Council's Co-ordinator of activity to combat hate crime, of which faith hate crime is one category. Yvonne visited the FTiL Managgement Committee on 6th December to enlist our help in raising awareness of this issue. It is believed that hate crimes are under-reported because people are nervous of the consequences of reporting. Third party reporting arrangements are an attempt to make reporting more accesible, and even to report where and when something happened, without giving any personal details, might provide useful intelligence.

There is a message from Yvonne about hate crime volunteers in the Advice and Information section of this website. Yvonne's contact details are there too, and I know she would be happy to help if she can with any enquiries you might want to make.

Faith And Climate Change in Lambeth - Thursday 22 March - details

If you are- a person of faith concerned about climate change
- a place of worship looking to reduce your carbon footprint
- a faith community looking to respond to current environmental challenges
- or generally interested in how faith groups are responding to climate change

 We would like to invite you to:


 Thursday 22nd March 2012 6-8pm

 at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre
The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA
020 7820 8787

 Hear from:

  • Cllr Lorna Campbell, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability
  • Duncan Law, Founder of Transition Town Brixton
  • Dr Smarajit Roy, CEO, City Wastes Bioenergy Solutions
  • Tini Brodie of the LIFE project - Local Initiative on Faith and the Environment
  • Roger Wright of Jamyang Buddhist Centre about how they are responding to climate change

Organised by Faiths Together In Lambeth and Lambeth Green Community Champions Programme

RSVP to Alan Gadd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sue Sheehan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Supported by Lambeth Council                                               Funded by the Skills Funding Agency

FTiL website now live

Good news today - the website has gone live! It took us a long time, but I think we are going to be very pleased with the result.

There are some further features that are built into the design (by Ripplenet Web Design) including a Forum and Webspace for FTiL Member Organisations. These will go live during 2012.

National Inter Faith Week

We are coming to the end of the 3rd National Inter Faith Week, initiated and facilitated by the Inter Faith Network for the UK with some support from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The impact this year seems to have increased with some quite good coverage in the national media - see for example The Times of Saturday 19th November.

The FTiL event took place on Monday 21st and was a collaboration with Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board. More than 50 members of Lambeth's faith communities attended at the Karibu Centre.

Other events in Lambeth during the week included Baroness Neuberger's book launch at South London Liberal Synagogue, a Lambeth Council Staff Faith Forum lunchtime event and South London Inter Faith Group's monthly Thursday lunch meeting.