Author: Catalina George

Revd. Canon Nigel Hand opened the last Tuesday Talk series on 2016 last week. The themes suggested for the weekly events revolve around Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Watch Nigel Hand talk about Christian values expressed in Jesus’ sermon: http://www.youtube.com/embed/AJARoIqiAvE?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent The reverend considers that Christ’s famous preaching on the mount is: “Probably the best known part of the teaching of Jesus, though arguably the least understood” Christian values… in the office Out of the salt shaker is the thought suggested for the second Tuesday in the series, September 27. See below the list of thoughts suggested for each of the weekly meetings left for 2016. The new series started…

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Second Cup Coffee Company celebrates Earth Day with activities for families with children in Birmingham. The owner, Jag Manhota, aims to engage even the youngest of  the local community. The recently opened franchise on New Street invites children to plant seeds at the Earth Day Event, then take the pots home to watch them grow. We asked the owner, Jag Manhota, for details on what else the children will be offered. Jags also talks about the organic coffee they serve and about charity they support. https://www.youtube.com/embed/yS7HovmJYFA?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent The event starts Saturday April 23, at 10:00. Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Zoo also organise events and activities for children on Earth Day 2016. Canadian…

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Russian Arch-priest Michael Gogolev travels over 50,000 kilometres every year to serve communities in 3 big UK cities. One of these is the Russian community in Birmingham, now worshipping in a Catholic chapel, after years in  back door halls.  Each Saturday in Birmingham, each Sunday in Bristol and once a month in Portsmouth, father Michael Gogolev dedicates his time to priesthood. The Russian priest explains: My car is an essential piece of my pastoral work. Without a car, there is no more father Michael Birmingham Russians meet in a chapel In Birmingham, the Russian church started by meeting 4 years ago in halls they could find available. Then the Catholic Oratory offered…

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Birmingham Eastside is launching a new Faith section.  Watch Catalina, the Faith Editor, talk about why covering religion is important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQaQZB3uQE With over 1.1 million population, Birmingham is as diverse in faith as it is in ethnicity. With a 300 years old cathedral, several mosques, a Buddhist centre and Sikh temples, Birmingham presents everybody with the opportunity of practising or learning about different faiths. Its churches and mosques present themselves as promoting culture and community cohesion. Check the Faith section on Birmingham Eastside for regular updates on religious communities in Birmingham.

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Local organisations Birmingham Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism  have organised an anti-racism rally for tomorrow to oppose Pegida UK march on the same day. Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson named Pegida protests across Europe action against the “Islamification of our countries”.  The anti-racism rally  has support from Birmingham National Union of Teachers, Birmingham UNISON and LGBT+ Against Islamophobia. The organisers declare they want the event to be “a celebration of Birmingham as a diverse and multicultural city”. Activists protest against racism Salma Yaqoob, activist and anti-racism campaigner (photo), talks about why she opposes Pegida and other similar groups: “Today, Pegida and other far-right groups are attempting to bring division…

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Local leaders expressed disapproval of far-right group Pegida UK, ahead of tomorrow’s march in Birmingham. They made a pledge against racism at Birmingham Central Mosque. The event organised at Birmingham Central Mosque in response to Pegida march was part of the HOPE not hate campaign  MPs and representatives from all major political parties spoke at the event. Labour councillor and Central Mosque chairman Muhammad Afzal, Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell and Labour MP Liam Byrne expressed solidarity. MPs disapprove of hatred and racism Andrew Mitchell expressed an “absolute abhorrence at what Pegida and these far-right groups stand for”. He said: “We all stand for hope, and opportunity, and treating people decently.”…

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Tuesday Talk sessions have returned to Birmingham Cathedral after an absence of over six months. Reverend Canon Nigel Hand leads the discussions every week, based on Evangelical texts.  Running for almost 50 years, the weekly event stopped in May last year due to the restoration works done inside the Cathedral. The first talk after the long break took place last week. Revd. Nigel Hand (photo) talks how they decided to have this event in lunch breaks, back in late 1960’s: “They were started by Canon David MacInnes who wanted to connect with the business community at the heart of the city. This was in the days…

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