Welcome to the website for the Bromley Three Faiths Group (B3FG).

The B3FG was formed in 2016 through a culmination of a series of discussions with people from the three Abrahamic (Jewish, Christian and Islamic) faiths with a collective interest in sharing experiences and knowledge of our beliefs and practices to establish an interfaith group within Bromley. 

Our primary objective is through promoting a greater understanding of each other’s faiths, both in belief and in practice, with the ultimate aim of nurturing a more harmonious and peaceful society.  We plan to achieve this through community engagement, working together on shared goals, and enhancing mutual understanding through theological discussion. 

For further details please contact us at Bromley3FG@gmail.com


Bromley Three Faiths Group: a statement on the Israel-Palestine crisis (posted 11 October 2023)

The Bromley Three Faiths Group, bringing together local Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith groups, offers our support for all members of our communities who have friends and family in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We pray for the safety of those on the ground, and for their swift healing from injury and trauma. We grieve with those whose homes and communities have been destroyed. We honour the memory of those who have been killed in the midst of their daily lives.

We call on our leaders in the UK and internationally to cease support for all violent actions immediately, to make real efforts to resolve this situation peacefully, and to formulate a just and lasting solution that accords with international law.

Here in South East London we will strenuously resist any attempt to use what is happening overseas to sow distrust and division between our UK faith communities. We condemn all incidents of Islamophobic or antisemitic hate crime and hate speech. We will not allow any politician to twist our grief into fear and exploit it for self-serving ends.

We commit ourselves to continuing the work of mutual dialogue and education about our different faiths, cultures and communities in Bromley. We celebrate our shared Abrahamic values and our love for peace in the Holy Land.

We encourage members of our communities to join our efforts in nurturing understanding between our respective faith groups.

Thank you

From the Steering Committee of the Bromley Three Faiths Group 

Our Spring 2024 programme

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Bromley Three Faiths Group during 2023. It was great to welcome familiar faces as well as new people month by month, and we pray that our group will continue to grow in numbers, in reach and in the warmth of our relationships as we look ahead.

Our first meeting of 2024 will be a Zoom discussion on the theme of Moses. This will be held via Zoom on Monday 5th February beginning at 8.30pm.

Everyone attending our discussion meetings has the opportunity to talk about some aspect of the theme, and we also warmly welcome anyone who wishes simply to sit and listen. Please contact us (Bromley3FG@gmail.com) for invitation details for our future Zoom meetings.

We look forward to having another Zoom meeting on Monday 26th February on a theme to be decided.

Our final meeting of the current programme will be on Thursday 21st March, when we hope all our members will accept the warm invitation to the Iftar hosted live at the Al Emaan Centre (Keston Mosque). Further details of this event will be published nearer the time.

Contact us

Please contact us (Bromley3FG@gmail.com) for further details or to join our mailing list. We are also appealing to all our members for ideas and suggestions for future B3FG events and discussion topics.

South London interfaith group (SLIFG)
www.southlondoninterfaith.org.uk
www.facebook.com/South-London-Interfaith-Group-111363220585312

17-19 November 2023: Inter Faith Invitation weekend

Our special invitation weekend took place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2023 coinciding with the national Inter Faith Week celebrations.

All members of the Bromley Three Faiths Group and their guests were invited to visit live or online acts of worship at Bromley Reform Synagogue, St John’s Church and the Al-Emaan Centre.

Keston Mosque (Muslim) – Friday 17th November at 1pm
Al-Emaan Centre (Keston Mosque) extended a warm welcome to all members of the local Christian and Jewish communities at the weekly service led by Dr Omar Taha.

Bromley Reform Synagogue (Jewish) – Saturday 18th November at 10.30am
The Sabbath service was led by Rabbi Laura and included special prayers for the continued strengthening of relationships between our faith communities.

St John’s Church Bromley (Christian) – Sunday 19th November at 10am
The Parish Communion service at St John’s included hymns, prayers, Bible readings and a sermon. The service was led by the Vicar Andrew McClellan and a recording can be found on the St John’s YouTube channel here.

A look back at our Autumn 2023 programme

Our autumn programme began with our Peace Walk on Sunday 17th September at Beckenham Place Park, followed by a Peace of Cake. Many thanks to everyone who came along to this most enjoyable event.

The theme of our meeting on Thursday 5th October was Maturity, then on Wednesday 1st November we had a discussion via Zoom on the theme of Care in our Communities.

Our final meeting was a discussion on Monday 4th December, when we discussed the topic of Solidarity, considering how best we can stand together as united faith communities in the face of hatred, fear and persecution. Many people shared moving stories of their experiences, and reflected honestly on the challenge to work for peace in a climate of conflict and hostility between communities of different faiths and cultures.

About us

Background 
The Bromley Three Faiths Group (B3FG) was formed in 2016 through a culmination of a series of discussions with people from the three Abrahamic (Jewish, Christian and Islamic) faiths with a collective interest in sharing experiences and knowledge of our beliefs and practices to establish an interfaith group within Bromley. 

Vision
Our primary objective is through promoting a greater understanding of each other’s faiths, both in belief and in practice, with the ultimate aim of nurturing a more harmonious and peaceful society.  We plan to achieve this through community engagement, working together on shared goals, and enhancing mutual understanding through theological discussion. 

Project examples
Since the group’s inception in 2016, it has matured with regard to realizing its core objective. This is attested by the success of several inter-faith initiatives over the years including fundraising, via collections at the local churches, synagogue and mosque as well as a charity cricket match.  We also supplied food and clothes to refugees in the Calais camps before they were dismantled by the French Government.Currently the group is involved with helping refugee families from war torn countries in the Middle East to settle in a neighbouring borough through close cooperation with the local authority and via providing families with welcome food hampers clothes, furniture, mobile phones and funds etc. Members have also provided families with DIY help, transport and have periodically made visits to their homes helping settle refugee families, via building trust and confidence to help them rebuild their lives. There have also been a number of successful theological discussion sessions organized at each place of worship with a truly inter-faith audience, lead by the heads of each faith, helping us understand the core messages of each faith that in turn bind us together in a global faith community, thereby allowing us to show compassion in an increasingly cynical world. Mother / Toddler groups have also been organized to help build new friendships and relationships to deepen the bond of the inter-faith community and show the strength of a people united by a common interest. An annual Peace Walk has allowed the Abrahamic faith based group to invite all other faiths and people of all backgrounds to share in an afternoon walk followed by tea and cake in the mutual understanding, of the need to strive for a more understanding and peaceful society.

Steering Committee Governance
The activities of the Bromley Three Faiths Group are supervised by a Steering Committee, whose members understand the primary objective of the group and the common interest that bind the group together.  Membership of the steering committee comprises three people from each represented faith group (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) within the borough of Bromley.