MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIAN SHARING IN CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
hosted by Hilfield Project and the London Islamic Network for the Environment
Date: Fri 17th to Sun 19th April 2009 (Weekend event, or option of Sat only)
Venue: Hilfield Friary,
The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE
An exploration into Islamic and Christian perspectives on ecology; sharing personal story, food and physical work. A chance to nurture understanding and respect amongst us, seeking common ground and honouring difference in our concern for the care of creation.
The weekend will include dialogue with representatives from LINE and the Hilfield Friary on Muslim & Christian perspectives, as well as an opportunity for salaat & prayer (both optional), and to work on the land.
It is open to everyone. Those coming for the whole two days will be staying in attractive and comfortable houses in the Friary grounds; meals will be shared together, all of them vegetarian, some of the produce coming from the Friary garden and grounds.
The Friary is home to a Christian community founded on principles of St Francis of Assisi, the Christian saint of the early thirteenth century, who had both a deep awareness of the goodness of God's creation and a passion for peace and reconciliation between people. Uniquely amongst Christians of that time Francis engaged in peaceful conversation with a Muslim leader, and instructed his followers to live in humility when present in Muslim lands. Today St Francis is acknowledged by many Christians to be the patron saint of ecology and also to offer a model for peaceful and respectful dialogue between people of different faiths.
The Hilfield Peace and Environment Project has been established to bring together and put into action these two Franciscan emphases. Through careful use of the land and sensitive conservation of the local habitat people of different faith traditions may come together to learn more about living peaceably with both the environment and with each other. Christian prayer is at the centre of the rhythm of life at the Friary, and we are glad to make room for the Muslim pattern of prayer and we respect Islamic tradition and practice. (The weekend is also being shared by representatives from LINE - the London Islamic Network for the Environment.)
Cost: From the Friary Website: We make no charge for the weekend but we are glad to receive a donation towards our costs which we believe to be £85 per person. We would like to invite people to make a returnable deposit of about £10.
More info: http://www.hilfieldproject.co.uk/jumpoff.htm (click on 'What's on' to find the timetable for the weekend and other useful information); Tel: Hilfield Friary (Sarah Hargreaves) 01300 341 741