Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Dada's talk at Interfaith society

Dada from Ananda Marga gave a talk today at the interfaith society meeting at 6 pm in St Peters chaplaincy. He spoke about the fact that we are at present more materially inclined but are slowly becoming more psychically (use the mind more than before) and will soon be spiritually developed, that all three of these must be balanced. Society as a whole has to be developed, not just the individual, so activism is needed too, we cant live in a cave and work for our own benefit, we have to live within society and work to change it. He spoke of how tantra yoga as practiced in anada marga is good for not only body but also this spiritual development, the idea of God or the cosmic wholeness being split into many which then merge into the one. Their website is www.anandamarga.org

Thursday, 18 October 2007

This Sat: See Manchester as God sees it

This Saturday experience Manchester as you never have before.
You are invited to come on a City Journey Saturday, 20 October led by Terry, chaplain at St. Peter's House. The walk begins at St Peter's at 11 a.m. and will wind through the canals and streets of Manc to return to St. Peter's by 3 p.m..
The themes of the guided portions include: modern life, living streams within, foundations, objects of desire, stillness, seeing as God sees, and sailing away into the future. There will be time for lunch and a chance to visit the cathedral, the Roman fort that was the first founding of the city, and other parts of the city.
Come along to think freshly about what God might be up to in our city and in your life.
Where: St. Peter's House
When: This Saturday, 20 Oct., 11 a.m.

Please RSVP to Terry on terry.biddington@manchester.ac.uk or Nathan nathan.eddy@manchester.ac.uk.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Discussion about values and secularisation

This week in IFS we had a discussion about a number of topics, including the increasing secularisation of values in Western and other societies, and discussed some surveys in this regard, such as http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/64873/#more
We also discussed about theology as a viable subject of study, about the interfaith society itself and the people who attend it etc.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Provisional Time Table for interfaith soc activities

9/10/07- Film night followed by attendance to Langar in Sri Guru Harkishan Sahibji
16/10/07- Bahai Tranquility zone conducted by Simon
23/10/07 Dada from Ananda Marga talking about alternatives
30/10/07 - Planning meeting for Abraham's table's content
6/11/07 - Zen Shorin Do non-violent karate workshop
13/11/07 - Scripture study-facilitated by Clare Dowding
20/11/07 - Visit to a worship place (yet to be decided between Cathedral, Synagogue or mosque)
4/12/07 - Abraham's table

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Visit to Sri Harkishan Sahibji

Today at the Interfaith society, we saw the movie "Millions" about the little boy who has visions of many saints and gets a load of money and knows not what to do with it, it was great with all the crisps-chocolates-lemonades, full screen projector, humungous speakers, and all. But real pity only James, myself, Yoji and Kevin turned up to witness it. Then we made spontaneous move to Gurudwara Harkishan sahib on Sherborne street, where we were shown around by members of Sikh Soc and also treated to delicious Langar vegetarian meal of curry and chapati and drinks. We finally had long chat with the granthi (who reads the guru granth sahib scripture) and a committed devotee member of the temple. All in all it was an excellent experience.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Manchester Islamic Society events

Assalaamu Alaikum
The Islamic Society welcomes you to Manchester University. We're ecstatic to see that you've made it here and we, the Islamic Student Body of Manchester University, are here to ensure your time at university is fulfilling for both your faith as well as your degrees.

We have a variety of activities planned for this year, the most forthcoming of which is the Freshers Dinner on Wednesday the 26th of Sept at 6pm in the Pink Garlic restaurant on Wilmslow Road, its £5 on the door unless you already have a ticket.

We believe that its possible to go to university as a Muslim and to enjoy a complete Islamic lifestyle and this belief is the real purpose behind the ISOC and the reasoning behind our activities, we also spread the word and carry out events for non Muslims to make them aware of Islamic precepts and beliefs (a week called Islamic Awareness Week, originality at its peak!), and through these activities our goal is to please Allah, the Most Wise the Most Merciful, as in the Quran Allah the Great states to the nearest effect " Help you one another in virtue and piety"(5:2).

We have a lot planned for you guys this year and it is going to be dynamic and exciting. If you have any questions, whether they be Islamic related or University, please don't hesitate to ask as we are here for you, the email address is info@manchesterisoc.com.

Please remember the Islamic Society in your Du'as and enjoy your time here!!
Your Islamic Society

Assalaamu Alaikum

I hope this email finds you in the best of Imaan

In these last few days of Ramadan its important for us all to make preparations to carry forward the God conciousness we have obtained in this month, in order to aid us there will be an auspicious speaker coming to Manchester University on Wednesday the 10th of October in the Renolds Building hall C9 at 2.00pm (north campus) and he will be giving us all a reminder on What's your Ramadan Resolution?

Attached is a flyer for this event

For any questions related to this event contact
brothers - safraz@manchesterisoc.com
sisters - aneesa@manchesterisoc.com

Your Islamic Society

Manchester Jewish Students: events

MJS...What's Happening this week?

What's going on?

Friday Night Fever....This FRIDAY

It's finally here..

Friday Night Fever - THIS FRIDAY

Enjoy the famous Shabbat atmosphere with over 100 Jewish Students.

An amazing Three-Course-Meal + Free Alcohol!

£3 with MJS Card
£4 without MJS Card

If you would like to attend you can pay at Hillel Lunch this Wednesday or contact Jenny Kudren or Rachel Kaufman on 07794072293.

Pre-Shabbas-Pints just beforehand in Fallowfield @ 5.15.............. For location call Mikey on 07828 904709.

MJS Hoodies

They've arrived! Whether for a cold lecture-filled day or as a great way to remember your time in JSoc in 20 years time....
The MJS HOODIES are here!!
To place your order come along to Hillel on Wednesday put your name down or speak to Shabz on 07940 140707.

With MJS Card:
1 x £13.99
2 x £25.99

Without MJS Card:
1 x £15.99
2 x £29.99

Blood Drive

Weds 10th and 17th October 1:15

Following the success of last year's blood drive MJS will be holding another one in the coming weeks!

There will be free freshments afterwards and even free taxis from Hillel at 1:15 on Wednesday!

Its one of the greatest mitzvahs you can do and every donation can save three people's lives!

Now, isn't that worth an hour of your time?


It's back. Want to learn Hebrew? Ken!??!?!
Then get yourself along to Hillel Lunch this Wednesday (10th Oct)
10 lessons - £10 with MJS Card, £15 without per term

Beginners 1:30-2:30pm
Intermediate 2:30-3:30pm

Email: manchester_ulpan@hotmail.co.uk
Or Call 07946 344136
to sign up or for more info!! LIMITED SPACES!!

Pro Evo Tournament

Sunday 14th October 7:30

See if you can beat your friends in the pro evo tournament this sunday!

Location tbc............

For more information contact Adam Taylor: 07763811587

Fresher's Weekend

October 26th-28th
If you want to spent the weekend meeting people from J-socs all around the country then come on Fresher's Weekend!
More details to follow shortly!
Please contact Natalie on 020 7387 4644 or ujs@ujs.org.uk

UJS Regional Laser Quest!



Prices To Be Confirmed........

Book your place now for this exclusive event with other Jewish Students from across the North.

Limited places so Book Now!! Ring Alanna 07852 345176.

Birmingham Booze 4 Jews

24th October
Tickets £12 before 17th October £15 after!
If we get enough people there will be a coach going from Manc (should be £10 each)
Free alcohol on the coach - speak to Naomi for tickets 07949950862

If you know anyone who is still not on the mailing lists then please inform me by responding to this e-mail address and I will try and add them before the next mailing goes out!


Bahai Society: Devotional meetings on Wednesdays

Dear All,

Many thanks for attending yesterday's devotional on 'Angels'.

Also, many many thanks to those who have agreed to host future devotionals.

Next wednesday 3/10/7 - Szymon is hosting,

Wednesday 10/10/7 - Rieul is hosting,

Wednesday 17/10/7 - Ben, Rosie and Hannah are hosting,

Wednesday 24/10/7 - Yasemin is hosting.

The Host is to think about a theme and allow all the opportunity to
participate. Also to help with refreshments(however all are asked to
bring soemthing if they choose) and tidying up afterwards. The room
will be booked via myself, at this stage, however as soon as the
Bahá'i society is up and running, probably via this organisation.


For those interested, a UHJ memorandum on devotionals, can be found on
http://bahai-library.com/uhj/devotional.meetings.html. This was
written in 2001 and may therefore be slightly out of date, if anyone
has a more recent memo/thought, please let me know.

With lots of love to all, and looking forward to our wednesdays,

Tim Anglin.

Buddhist Society events and Facebook Group

Dear members,

1. The next Meditation Class will take place as usual on Monday, 8
October, at 6 pm, at Schwenk room, on the first floor of Burlington
Rooms. Burlington Rooms are above the Vegetarian Cafe, on your right
hand side if you stand facing John Rylands Library (the main Library
of the University), in Burlington Street.

Chris, our meditation teacher, will be happy to take reports about
your individual practice (that you have hopefully been doing at
home), after the group practice.

Tea and biscuits will be provided as usual.

2. Engaged Buddhism

I am sure that in the past few days we have all been concerned with
the Situation in Burma.

There are two actions you can take to support people of Burma: sign a
petition and join the demonstration in London on the 6th of October.

A. Petition:


B. Demonstration:


3. Facebook group

The University of Manchester Buddhist Society has got an official
group on facebook:

Manchester University Buddhist Society


Join for latest news, photos and events.

4. Events at Ketumati Vihara (Theravada, Sri Lanka).

A. This Saturday, 6 of October, there will be a Dhamma talk, the
topic is "Self preservation and Escapist utilisation of rituals by
Buddhist Believers".
B. On Sunday, 7 of October, there will be a Retreat from 9:30 am
till 5 pm. Meditation practised is Vipassana. The address of the
Vihara is 3 Pretoria Road, Hollins, Oldham, OL8 4NH. Take 82/83 bus
from Picadilly and get off opposite chamber road, then walk on
chamber road for 5 minutes till you see Pretoria road on your right.

Thank you,

Yours truly,

Oxana (Olga Owl on facebook)

Buddhist Society website:

Student Christian Movement events

Hello all,

This week's meeting is called 'Small World: Interconnectedness in a global community', which is national SCM's theme for the year. We'll be looking at globalisation and the environment from a Christian perspective.

The session will be led by Jo Merrygold who works for national SCM as their student links worker.

Meeting on Thursday in St. Peter's House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road (opposite blackwell's). Join us at 6.30pm for a free meal, and 7.30pm for our main meeting. We warmly welcome new members.

See you soon,

Co-ordinator, SCM Manchester

Our first meeting this term is on Thursday (20th September) in St. Peter's House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road. This term we'll be meeting at 6.30pm to share in a (free!) meal together. The main meeting will start at 7.30pm - you are welcome to join us then if you can't make the meal

If you have facebook, please join our facebook group:

God bless,
Co-ordinator, SCM Manchester

ALSO THIS WEEK: Chaplaincy trip to see the Blackpool illuminations. The coach is leaving St. Peter's House at 5pm on Sunday (14th October). The coach costs £6, and you'll need some extra money for fish&chips and if you want to go on rides. Book your place by emailing Clare.Dowding@manchester.ac.uk - there's only 46 places available, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Hindu Students Forum Manchester Events


We hope you enjoyed our Welcome Dinner! This week, we have got new exciting activities (including dance, yoga and sports) coming up for you! If you are interested in being a part of our upcoming Diwali Show, these workshops are your opportunity to socialise and get involved with NHSF!


Date: Thursday 27th September

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: The Limes, Owens Park

Cost: Members-FREE! Non-members- £2

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced dancer ALL students are welcome…


Date: Tuesday 16th October

Time: 6pm-7pm

Venue: Little Court (through the refectory), Owens Park

Cost: FREE for all


Date: Tuesday 2nd October

Time: 6pm-7pm

Venue: Sport Development Leisure Centre, Denmark Road

Cost: Members: £1.50/ Non-Members: £2

KABADDI/KHO-KHO...Coming soon!

NB: Please Bring Membership Card for free entry to our events!

Contact 07092258264, email us at manchester@nhsf.org.uk, or check our website for more details.

We hope to see you all there!


from NHSF Manchester.

8 October: Interfaith Soc. Film night

We're gonna watch a film called "Millions" about an idealistic kid from depressed south Manchester (not the oxford road corridor) who finds a sack of cash by the rail tracks, and has to decide what to do with it. It's a sweet film, showing how the money is perhaps seen with it's true value through the eyes of an innocent child. Munchies will be provided!

Events at Catholic Chaplaincy

Hello everybody!
Hope you're having a good week so far. There's lots of stuff going on in the chaplaincy so here's a little reminder.

Tuesday evening is the second CaFE dvd & discussion session, this week with Fr.Stan Fortuna. Starts at 6.30pm with a hot meal (free) and aims to be finished by 8.45pm. Tuesday evening is aimed at those who took part in CaFE last year, though new comers are welcome. The Monday evening sessions are focused on beginners - highly recommended.

Wednesday evening has a double bill for all those interested in social action. 5.45pm the Justice & Peace group meet if you're interested in campaigning, raising money and awareness for those less fortunate than ourselves then please pop along. The Society of St.Vincent De Paul (SVP) meet at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. Come to one or both.

Thursday evening the Scripture Sharing group meet at 6.10pm after 5.30pm Mass.
Thursday evening also hosts the Christian Heritage talks. Hot food, for £1.50, at 6.30pm with the talk at 7.15pm. This week St. Anthony of the desert. Explore and discuss the Christain story from the Apostles to the modern day. Learn about the extraordinary lives of the ordinary folk who followed Christ through the ages, discover the history of the Church (the good, the bad and the ugly) and your place within it in the 21st Century.

For all those going on the over-night pilgrimage to Walsingham on Friday, please be at the chaplaincy for as close to 5pm as possible. Anyone still wishing to go but who has not yet booked a place please see Sr.Kevina, Karina or Monica.

And finally, for any one interested in the pro-life movement, Salford Cathedral is holding a service of Hope, Healing & Remembrance on Saturday 27th October at 10am. See poster in the chaplaincy for more details.
Have a good week
God bless

Student Committee

Mass at Avila House Chaplaincy (Opp MU Student union, Next to The Holy Name Church) Mon, Tue & Thursday at 5.30pm. Wed & Fri at 1.05pm. Student Mass (Solemn) Sunday 7pm in The Holy Name and 9.15am (quiet) in Avila House chaplaincy.

Morning Prayer: 8am in the Chaplaincy Chapel
Midday Prayer: 12.45pm in the Chaplaincy
Evening Prayer: 5.15pm in the Chaplaincy
Good-Night Prayer: 9pm in the Chaplaincy

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Mon-Fri 3-5.30pm
Rosary: Wed 1.30pm
Solemn Benedction: Fri 5.30pm
Confession: Wed and Fri 12.15pm and 5pm or on request.

Sikh events this week

Hey Freshers and Freshies too, I hope you have all settled in your new homes at Manchester, hope you guys are not missing the roti and daal too much!

SikhSoc presents its first gurdwara trip of the year on Wednesday 26th September, which will include a 30 minute talk on Sikhism and we will have some Kirtan. Last but not least, our personal favourite, langar (free vegetarian meal).

The programme is as follows:

6.00pm - Meet at Uni of Manc. Students Union (Oxford Rd) for bus to town

6.15pm - Meet at Piccadilly Gardens for walk to Gurdwara

6.45pm - Talk on Sikhism

7.15pm - Kirtan

7.45pm - Bhog followed by Langar

"Maans Ki Jath Sabhai Ekai Pahihchanbo"
Recognise the whole Human Race as one

- Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj (Akaal Ustat)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Hi people! Hope everything is going well and you are all adjusting to uni life! We've got some great events coming up:

Cha and Samosa Party!

Manchester Sikh Society presents one of its biggest events of the year: the legendary Cha and Samosa Party! On Wednesday 10th October at the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor University of Manchester Students Union (next to Academy on Oxford Road). It will begin at 7pm. Its a great event for all you freshers to get to know one another, and a good catch-up session for you returning students. It's also an opportunity to eat and drink homemade Samosas and Cha (Tea), get to know the SikhSoc and generally have a fun packed evening. Here's what we're gonna have at the event:

  • · A quiz – prizes for the winners!
  • · Opportunities to get to know new people
  • · A video to introduce the committee and our events
  • · A Gatka display!
  • · FOOD!!!

The event is free of course but if you want to join the Sikh Society to get loads of discounts, remember to bring £3!
They'll also be an opportunity to sign up to buy some hoodies and t-shirts (with member discounts)!

So make sure you come along and bring all your mates - its an event not to be missed!

Punjabi and Gurmat Lessons

So many of you went home last week, so we are going to start Punjabi classes tomorrow (Sunday 7th October). They are held every Sunday, leaving at 4pm from the Precinct centre. Please let us know if you are interested. Contact Sarvinder on 07789693111 if you are able to make it.

Guru Ram Das Ji's Gurpurab

Guru Ram Das Ji's Prakash Purab (Birthday) is on Tuesday (9th October) and the SikhSoc will be organizing a trip to the Gurudwara to celebrate the day.

There will also be an Akhand Paath (48h non-stop reading of entire Guru Granth Sahib Ji), starting on Thursday evening and finishing on Saturday evening, to mark the occasion. There will be a Kirtan programme, followed by Bhog and Langar on Saturday evening.

If you are interested in attending either of the events, please contact us.

To find out more about Guru Ram Das Ji, the forth Guru, please read the following articles:

Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib Ji

A 4-day event organised by the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib Ji (as well as the 800th anniversary of Leeds) is going to take place at Roundhay Park in Leeds from Thursday 11th October to Sunday 14th October.

It includes things such as a Sri Akhand Paath, Interfaith Conference, Amrit Sanchar, Langar, Kirtan and an Exhibition.

Have a look at the attached information leaflet for the full outline and details of the event.
If anyone is interested in going to Leeds for any part of the event, please let us know.

Hope to see you all soon!
Manchester Universities Sikh Society

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

"Maans Ki Jath Sabhai Ekai Pahihchanbo"
Recognise the whole Human Race as one

- Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj (Akaal Ustat)

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Timetable for Interfaith Soc

According to what we discussed ( to have a proper meeting on Tuesdays of 1 and 3 week) on our first meeting last month the dates that are definitely on the diary as event dates are ( IN BOLD)
9 October ( since the meeting on 2 October didn't come together I assumed 9th to be the first one; please let me know if this is inappropiate)
16 October
23 October ( Dada coming to speak??)
30 October (possibly planning meeting for Abraham's table's content???)
6 November
13 November
20 November (Visit to a worship place??)
4 December (abraham's table)
There are few developments, Dada from Ananda Marga have kindly offered to come and give a talk on 23rd October.
Could we talk about the content of the next Abraham's table on the Tuesday, between 23 October and 6 November or sometimes between then?(So that the posters, flyers of the Abraham's table can be prepared by the 2nd week of November and be circulated)
For workshops+ scripture study dates need to be chosen by the people who are leading it! Clare, Simon and Oxana could pick the dates?
We decided to make visits to worship places.There's a special event at Manchester Cathedral on 20th November (which is on our event dates) would people like visiting the Cathedral?or would people like to go to a Synagogue or Mosque?

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Films to be shown in Interfaith Society: Yoji's email

I'm streamlining the email regarding the film night. As far as InterSoc Film night goes, reply only to this email please and do not send any other email.

The films suggested so far are

The Fountain
I Heart Huckabees
The Sweet Hereafter
Les Invasions barbares

Mar adentro
Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran
Waking Life
Le Grand Voyage

Thanks Hana. Le Grand Voyage is an excellent choise. I will try to get it for one of our film night. I missed it in my search because it didn't fit into my IMDB search criteria (mim 1000 vote). I will expand the search criteria further. I found few more.

David & Layla

Mr. and Mrs. Lyer
Devil's Playground

For each month, I will try to show at least one religious themed film and another one with a theme relevant to religion/faith/spirituality (eg. euthanasia, meaning of life/reality, redemption, nature of evil etc).

If anyone is interested in finding a film, please feel free to use


There are 1000s of films to go through. Please set the minimum rating to at least 6, prefably 7. Any film reated below 6 are not good one by any standard.