Messages & Greetings

 Congratulations to Veronica Attah who has been appointed to a six-month position at Kingston Carers' Network - we wish you all the best there, Veronica, and know you will make a great success of it as you did at Kingston Centre for Independent Living.

Best wishes also to Sgt Trevor Quy who retired today (3/9) from Kingston Police after 30 years service.  Trevor who led a Safer Neighbourhood Team at Kingsnympton for several years, earned much respect for his friendly and supportive approach in working with the Inter Faith Forum and many other local community organisations, and received a Mayor's award for his voluntary community service with Street Pastors and young people. He played a key role in  London Week of Peace events in Kingston in 2008.   It is good to hear that Trevor aims to continue to work in Kingston in the field of community relations and mediation.


Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of your heart! 
from an email on counting one's blessings from Rashid Ali Laher


  Congratulations to Rabbi Charley Baginsky and Steve on the birth of their son, Joshua Shachar,  on Thursday 22 January 2009 - lovely to know that mother and baby are both well.


A message from the Ulama Council for Interfaith Dialogue in Pakistan

message for Eid from the Ulama Council


21 January 2009


Dear Friends and Colleagues … SEASONAL GREETINGS AND A VERY HAPPY AND SUCCCESSSFUL NEW YEAR 2009 My most sincere and warmest Seasonal Greetings to you and all your loved ones …Wishing you and your loved ones … Peace, Good Health, Happiness, today, and into the future beyond …Thanking you with all my heart for your help and support … May God bless you and keep you joyful and safe … RashidAli 

R A I Laher Chairman Management Committee Kingston Muslim Association, Charity 274503, The Mosque @ 55/57 East Road KINGSTON UPON THAMES Surrey ~ KT2 6HE  ~ Website:-




For season’s greetings from Veronica Attah, BME Disability Officer, KCIL

click on this link:

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Message from Charanjit Singh Makan of the Kingston Sikh Association

The following clip on YouTube provides some of the Christmas Voices broadcast on TV recently. (It will initially display in normal quality but to view in high quality, click on the link just under and to the right of the video.):


The Ulama Council for Inter Faith Dialogue in Pakistan have sent the Forum an Eid Mubarik card. 

From the President, General Secretary and members of the Ulama Council for Interfaith Dialogue and Jamla Ubadla I-Block Allama Iqbal Colony Faisalabad Pakistan: 

May the Eid bring Peace for earth and happiness for people on it


To Dianne Mahboubi, and Simon, Mitra and Giselle Birch and members of the Baha'i community

Our prayers for strength and peace for you all at this time.




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Dear Kingston Inter faith friends

 In a light-hearted tone, and while the mood still runs high in the day after the Inauguration of Barak Obama as President, I thought I would share with you what my ears were attuned to hear, as an American with several Black American preacher friends with whom  I trained for ministry in the early 1970’s in the US (Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey). 

As you will know, the closing sentences of Barak Obama’s speech have been played a number of times as a ‘clip’ on news programmes.  You may be interested to learn that the unmistakable inflexion in those sentences are those of a black preacher.  It sounded beautiful in my ears, but, as I say, I was attuned to it from my upbringing.  It was in these last sentences: With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.  Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter;  and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. 

Another brief comment I feel compelled to share concerns the Benediction prayer by the Revd Dr Joseph Lowery (considered ‘the dean’ of the civil rights movement, co-founder with Revd Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference).  It was fun to see the smiles break out with his unorthodox twist of incorporating what I think was a familiar Civil Rights Movement saying,  “When black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”  And, of course, the expected (and received) gut-level, responsive ‘Amen’ to the ending of the prayer,  “That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.” 

It was one of many moments when I was choked up and smiling and chuckling with pleasure all at the same time – recognising the tone so familiar in Black American preaching and conduct of services.  Yes, I know:  none of this is at all ‘English English’ in spoken language and tone! 

The other thing that made me smile with pleasure from the Benediction prayer was a kind of check list of phrases from the Old Testament – again, so typical from black preaching and conduct of worship services.  I hope no one will think I’m being disrespectful when I say I was breaking out in smiles when ‘reaping the whirlwind’ was followed by ‘not lifting up sword against nation,’ and justice rolling down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream’ when I felt it had become less of a prayer, and more like ‘God’s Greatest Hits’! 

Final comment:  almost no one remembers a poem said on an Inauguration Ceremony – though I remember the shock of the surprisingly chauvinistic text that Robert Frost declaimed, his poem ‘The Gift Outright’.  There was snow on the ground that inauguration day of John F Kennedy, and he would have read the words of his own poem if he could have seen them;  he couldn't because the glare of the sun off the snow prevented him from seeing the words in front of him on the dais and so he had to declaim it from memory. 

But this phrase by Elizabeth Alexander in her poem yesterday is true for each of us, and it was good to hear it and reflect on that curious, unique-to-each-individual, truth about each and every one of us:  …noise, and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues.  That’s so true, as any of us listen to each other;  we are hearing that other person, but in our accents and the falling back on familiar words and phrases as we speak, and our use of inflexions and so on, most of which all of us do, barely conscious of the choice we make in the way we speak, we are each of us speaking, partially, as an echo of the way each of our ancestors spoke -- betraying? revealing? honouring? our uniqueness, contributing to our diversity. 

 Yet we are all one.  

God bless.           


Revd Bruce Stuart, member, RBK Inter-faith Forum.