This is from my friends at LINE...very open to other pieces on green religion/spirituality so feel free to flag them and send them in.
Here is advanced notice of our next monthly forum, the 2nd Sunday of the month, as usual. The talk within the forum will focus on Hajj, including an ecological perspective of the pilgrimage.
The London Islamic Network for the Environment (LINE) Monthly Forums:
HAJJ: JOURNEY OF A PILGRIM
Date: Sunday 10th February 2008
Time: 2.15 pm to 4.45pm
Venue: 4th Floor, Muslim World League, 46 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4LU (entrance on the corner of Charlotte Street); Nearest Tubes: Goodge Street (Northern Line), Euston Square (Hammersmith & City, Circle, & Metropolitan Lines) & Warren Street (Victoria Line)
Speaker: Hassan Khabbazeh
Drawing on recent personal experience, this short talk will outline the various rites and rituals, as well as the stages and locations of the Hajj. The two themes running through the talk will be the spiritual significance of the Hajj and an ecological perspective of the pilgrimage. This will be followed by open dialogue on the themes raised within the talk, and then an opportunity to hear about environmental activities LINE is actively engaged with. As usual, no charge and open to all.
About the speaker:
Born in London to Arab and English parents, Hassan Khabbazeh lived and experienced two different languages and cultures with an appreciation and understanding for both. Islam was, however, the religion at home, and it was through its Islamic teachings of not being wasteful that led to Hassan's interest in the environment. Hassan volunteers for LINE, whilst also running his own interpreting, translation and teaching business in Brighton. Over the past few years, he has spent his spare time restoring a derelict Regency town house using reclaimed building materials.
More info: LINE Website: http://www.lineonweb.org.uk ; or call LINE on tel: 0845 456 3960 (local rate)
Our work depends on help from committed volunteers, as well as regular financial support. If you would like to support LINE's work with a standing order or donation, please go to www.lineonweb.org.uk/Finance/donate ; If you are interested in volunteering within our network, we suggest contacting us and also attending our monthly forums where you will get a chance to meet other volunteers.
LINE is the UK's first local Islamic environmental group. We hold open monthly forums in central London. Our activities include educational talks and workshops, climate change campaigning, and ethically orientated food and social events. Find out more about us by visiting our website: http://www.lineonweb.org.uk