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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Update: Sophia Hub Redbridge

Ros Southern writes:

'Coming up this week....
  • Saturday 24th - Google Digital Garage at Enterprise Desk 10pm info here
  • Tuesday 27th - Redbridge Chamber breakfast - topic 'The Chinese Connection'.Info here
Next week
  • Saturday 1st October - Sophia Hubs EGM to elect our new Board - 10.15 am(changed time!) - see link below
  • Saturday 1st October - Entrepreneurs' club - a Sophia Hubs Special with Aidan Ward - 'Encouraging Community Trading, co-designing services between businesses and the community'. Please do come! Info here - please read and pass on
  • Tues 4 Oct - Entrepreneurs club 6.30pm speaker to be advised
  • Weds 5 Oct - Ilford Tech meet up for techie start-ups and businesses. info here
  • Fri 7 Oct - Free, open source IT tools workshop. Enterprise Desk 1-3. Info here on this monthly workshop
Other information
  • See the results of our Timebank focus groups and what's happening with the Timebank. Info here
  • Timebank story of the week - Mario the electrician
  • Our plan to create a directory of Redbridge social enterprises info here
  • The City Business Library programme for Oct-December is here. future dates for your diary
  • Start up Britain bus tour is coming to Ilford Thurs 13 Oct info here
Some of our Facebook and Twitter Likes this week:
Finally, thanks to Asari St Hill for being our entrepreneurs' club speaker this week

Have a great weekend!

Ros Southern
Coordinator, Sophia Hubs Redbridge / 07707 460309'


Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Business Harvest Festival

At St Stephen Walbrook we have a tradition that companies in the parish designate someone to bring an object to represent their work and to place it on the altar as a symbol at the beginning of our Business Harvest Festival service.

Businesses and organisations representing the work found in the Parish of St Stephen last year included: Arthur J Gallagher, The City of London Police, The Don Restaurant and ‘Sign of the Don’, Rynda Property Investors, Vestra Wealth LLP, The Friends of the City Churches, U3A, London Internet Church, City of London Corporation, Sir Robert McAlpine, Christian Aid, commission4mission, Walbrook Music Trust, Threadneedle Asset Management, Central London Samaritans, British Arab Commercial Bank and Coq d’Argent, among others.

Among the items placed on the Henry Moore designed altar during 2015’s Service were a PCSO's black bowler, bolts, bronze and glass from local construction sites, paintings and drawings, a variety of reports and brochures, bread, wine and fruit, a hi-vis jacket, and a telephone representing the work of Samaritans.

This year our Business Harvest Festival will be held on Thursday 6th October at 12.45pm. All are welcome.


Benjamin Britten - Jubilate Deo.

Windows on the world (311)

London, 2016


Taize - Jubilate Deo.

Discover & explore: Stewardship & finance

The latest series of Discover & explore services of musical discovery at St Stephen Walbrook will explore themes of stewardship & finance. We will be led by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields with input from Revds Jonathan Evens, Alastair McKay and Sally Muggeridge.

All Discover & explore services begin at 1.10pm:

• Monday 3rd October: Time
• Monday 10th October: Talents
• Monday 17th October: Treasure/Gold
• Monday 24th October: Guidance
• Monday 31st October: Promises (All Souls)
• Monday 7th November: Safety
• Monday 14th November: Money
• Monday 21st November: Security

Discover & explore services have been described as “perfect services of peace in our busy lives” and explore their themes through a thoughtful mix of music, prayers, readings and reflections.

Discover & explore service series are supported by The Worshipful Company of Grocers, for whose generous support we are most grateful.


Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields - The Call.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Zi Ling & Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Today I was at the Private View for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition exhibition at the Mall Galleries to see Zi Ling's Anniversary (2016), one of her watercolour series on older couples.

Ling creates portraits or explorations of relationships by working from photographs with which she feels an intuitive connection. Previously Ling has had work in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2016 Exhibition (where she won the Leathersellers First Prize of £1000 to a young artist with her painting 'Rikishi'), Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016, Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition exhibition 2015, and Society of Women Artists (where she won the Rosemary & Company Art Prize); all at the Mall Galleries. Click here to see examples of Ling's work.


Moby - Saints.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

UN International Day of Peace: London Is Open

London Boroughs Faiths Network’s peace & reconciliation strand includes convening the London Peace Network, which marks the UN International Day of Peace each year.

Film-makers, artists, religious leaders and LBFN friends from across the capital are gathering today at 8.00am at St Martin-in-the-Fields for the premiere of a short film celebrating London’s places of worship – we are open and welcoming, not closed and fearful.

The film is inspired by the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen series and will be shown at Southwark Cathedral later in the year in the presence of the Mayor. Churches, Islamic centres, temples, synagogues, meeting houses and gurdwaras will be open to guests during their times of worship or meeting on 23, 24 and 25 September – contact LBFN for details.


The Children - Mother And Child.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Start:Stop - The connectedness of all things

Bible reading

I ask … on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17. 20 - 24)


Geoff Mulgan, when Director of The Young Foundation, wrote that “seeing the connectedness of things is the starting point for understanding a world that otherwise appears baffling” and “the growing connectedness of the world is the most important social and economic fact of our times.” Mulgan saw connectedness manifested “in the growth of physical links like telecom networks; in rising flows of goods, money, ideas and people; in the interconnectedness of culture and the environment; and in new forms of social organisation.”

While he has been in America, Sadiq Khan has been arguing that “there is a huge amount political leaders can do to ensure people of different ethnicities, faiths, cultures, age groups, sexualities and incomes don’t just tolerate each other, but live truly interconnected lives as neighbours, citizens and friends.” He has been talking about building bridges rather than walls because “the world has been busy building separation barriers at a rate perhaps unequalled in history: at least 6,000 miles of wire, concrete, steel, sand, stone, mesh; anything to keep peoples out – or in.” Jon Henley has written that: “What is odd is that this building is happening at a time when less-physical walls appear to be crumbling. This is the age of the global economy, multinationals, vanishing trade barriers; of "the free movement of goods, capital, services and people", unprecedented mobility and instantaneous communication.”

We can see connectedness manifested in the relations within the Godhead as they are revealed to us through this prayer of Jesus which is recorded in John 17 - “you are in me and I am in you.” We are then drawn into this interconnectivity found at the heart of the Godhead - “may they also be in us” – in order that we participate in an exchange of love which precedes the creation of the world. When Jesus prayed that his followers might all be one, he prayed this on the basis that his followers might be in God as he is in the Father and the Father is in him. He was praying that we, who follow in his footsteps, would experience the same oneness with God and each other that he enjoys with God, his Father. In essence, his prayer is that we will experience unity, because unity is what is at the very heart of God.

John’s Gospel shows us two different patterns of society, each with a different centre or ruling power. In the first, “the ruling principle is the dictator ME, my ego-centric ego, and the pattern of society is people competing with, manipulating and trying to control each other.” In the second, “the ruling principle is the Spirit of Love, and the pattern of society is one of compassion – people giving to each other what they really are, and accepting what others are, recognising their differences, and sharing their vulnerability.”

Jesus’ focus on unity on unity among his followers because of the unity that exists within the Trinity suggests that, as his followers, we should favour collaboration, coalition, alliances and unions over independence. The unity found in the Godhead is the source of the connectedness of things found within the world and is also the starting point for understanding a world that otherwise appears baffling.


Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, may we know love as you know love, may we exchange love as you exchange love, may we live love as you live love, may we know unity as you know unity.

May we share connectedness as you share connectedness, you in us and ourselves in you.

God of connectedness, teach us that churches, communities and businesses thrive when the gifts of all their members are released and they build one another’s assets. Thus is deficit turned to plenitude, threat turned to companionship, and fear turned to joy. This is the life of the kingdom, may it be our experience too.

May we share connectedness as you share connectedness, you in us and ourselves in you.

God of love, may your words inform our speech as we discuss how to build bridges rather than walls. May your love influence our behaviour towards those with whom we work and enable us to live truly interconnected lives as neighbours, citizens and friends. May your actions impact our activities inspiring new initiatives characterized by service of others and creative understandings of the common good.

May we share connectedness as you share connectedness, you in us and ourselves in you.


Releasing the gifts of all, building one another’s assets, deficit turned to plenitude, threat turned to companionship, fear turned to joy. May all those blessings of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, rest upon you and remain with you always. Amen.


The Voices of Harlem - Giving Love 1973.