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First Year Government and Economics student George Fattal shares his reflections on the activities, events and feeling of community that came about during Interfaith Week 2015. Read his introductory post here.
Before interfaith week I had a very different interpretation of what Interfaith Week was. I had previously though that it was about enriching my understanding of other faiths, to make myself a more informed person and a better British citizen.
As the week progressed, my interpretation of the importance of interfaith changed. It became clear that Interfaith week is equally about giving as well as enriching my own understanding. There are so may ways that we can provide other people with information about our faiths and beliefs. This can range from being part of a panel of University students, to speaking about your beliefs in a Primary school assembly.
This week LSESU hosted several interfaith events and I was fortunate enough to attend several of them. On Monday, members of different faith societies held a stall outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, where we introduced the week’s events to other students. As well as giving out freebies (including food of course!) we asked others to write about what interfaith means to them. Being part of a community at LSE that is so diverse, it was no surprise that answers ranged from ‘it restores my faith in humanity’ to ‘food.’
On Tuesday the Buddhist Society held a meditation session in the Faith Centre. It is clear that the calmness and reflection that this encourages that is something that everybody can apply to their lives. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to represent the Jewish Society as part of group of different faith groups, who went to a local primary school that day. We each discussed key ideas in our religion in relation to the concept of ‘compassion.’ The maturity and respect that the students showed was incredibly promising and shows us how easy it is to be part of a cohesive society.
Wednesday’s activity was more political; students from different faith groups discussed British Values and their interpretation of them. This really highlighted our similarities. Continuing the idea of giving to the community, on Thursday many people helped an Inter-Faith Peace Garden Project by painting and gardening in collaboration with the Volunteer Centre.
We ended the week with tea and cake for everyone who got involved. By Friday, I felt I had learnt a lot, made many friends, and I am now looking forward for next year’s Interfaith Week!
Photos from Interfaith Week 2015
George’s previous post, On LSE’s Many Faiths, Interfaith, and Personal Faith
Happy Pride Week! Drop by the LSE SU LGBT+ Alliance stall outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre this week to say hello, get news on what’s on, and participate in some interactive activities. It’s there from 11am - 3pm until Friday.
Here’s the LSE SU LGBT+ Alliance’s full schedule of Pride events happening across campus:
Tuesday 24th - Talk: Sex, Drugs and Shame: LGBT+ Progress and its Discontents
6pm, CLM 2.04
Join us and leading UK psychologists for an engaging discussion of the darker shames in the community, and how we can tackle them for a better future. Topics include mental health, drug abuse, and sexual health.
RSVP here: http://on.fb.me/1QG4vLW
Wednesday 25th - International projection of LGBT+ Rights Discussion
6pm, 6th floor meeting room, SSH
Come and debate whether countries have the right to intervene and force countries to become more progressive.
RSVP here: http://on.fb.me/1kRDbxr
Thursday 26th - Film Screening: Milk
5:30PM TW2 1.02
Come along to see Milk (2008) the story of the game-changing, openly gay US politician who revolutionised LGBT+ politics in the US and influenced it world over.
Friday 27th - Tea and Cake Social
5pm, location TBC
Tea and cake social with the Intersectional Feminist society! A great warm up for the later panel discussion.
Stay up to date on the event location here: http://on.fb.me/21efvEd
Panel Talk: White, Cis, Gay Men: Who Are We Forgetting?
6pm, NAB 2.03
This is an intersectional panel discussion with some great LSE speakers discussing whether LGBT+ culture has become homogeneous, male dominated, white, middle-class and cis-centric. Join us for what is sure to be an intense and provocative event.
This panel will be followed by an LGBT+ night out at G-A-Y Bar - all welcome!
Like the LGBT+ Alliance Facebook page to stay up to date on all things Pride.
The ongoing issues with the schools timetabling and room
booking system have caused chaos for our societies and students more generally.
Whilst we hope that the system will soon be implemented, in the meantime we are
determined to manage the situation as best we can and to secure the best
possible outcome for our students.
At this point, we have received assurances from the school
that the situation with timetabling has been resolved. We have also been
assured that the issue will not arise again with the selection of Lent Term
half units. If any student is still experiencing problems with their timetable
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the ongoing nature of the issues with Room-Bookings,
we have been in continuous communication with the school. In addition, our
Education Officer Jon Foster has been invited to join the schools Room-Booking
and Timetables System project board, and will remain a member of the project
board until the issue is resolved. This will enable us to stay up to date with
the latest developments and we will pass on any new information at the earliest opportunity.
We are continuing to push the school for adequate
compensation for students and societies in the aftermath of the room-bookings
situation. We have also been seeking strong assurances from the school that the
problems with timetabling will not affect the release of this year’s Exam
Timetable – we have been lobbying and will continue to lobby the school to
deliver a much earlier exam timetable, which will be of benefit to all
students. We hope to have more to announce on this in the near future.
Jon, Nona, Katie
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