We were all very sad to see our local Fairtrade shop cease trading in Stopsley a few months ago. Grassroots in Hightown are sticking more fairtrade products. here’s some of what they have to offer…
Neighbourliness via Christian Muslim storytelling. Two future events planned that might be of interest…
Some of us were lucky enough to attend the multi faith Berakah concert at the Luton Library Theatre (enabled by Luton Grassroots) and enjoyed the uplifting experience. There was a raffle too in support of Luton Fairtrade with local honey from our own Clerk included in the fairtrade product prizes. It was band member Mo’s birthday too and the band were presented with traditional Luton straw hats. I think all who attened were very appreciative of the Berakah Project and their work via the common language of music.
Here’s a flavour of their music albeit from a a few years back and with added percussion.
Not Quaker specific but certainly part of the wider community. The latest Grassroots newsletter may be of interest to many.
A number of us attended an EID celebration on Friday evening as part of the Muslim community in Luton inviting other religions and faiths and indeed those of no particular faith to a get together. The event was enabled by the Near Neighbours fund, EID celebration and Luton Council Of Faiths initiatives and despite some overhead individual worries expressed over possible attendance numbers it turned out that by the 6:30 start time a wide cross section of faith organisation representatives filled the venue, The Jamia Islamia Ghousia Mosque in Westbourne Road. .
We all experienced Daf percussion and Nasheed singing and a number of guests spoke including Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins and David Jonathan (Johny) of Luton Council of Faiths and Grassroots together with other esteemed guests who all spoke of the benefits of ongoing efforts to foster community cohesion and hopes that faith organisations can continue to get together and by talking and sharing we can continue to discover more about each other and work together where we can.
Which is exactly what we all did after the short guest speeches bolstered by the availability of food and drink.