Tower Hamlets Peace Walk

Here’s some news we were sent from Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum

The Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum in partnership with Local Voices, on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council, are leading a Peace Walk in the borough as an address to hate and violence.

This will take place on Monday 14th October 2019, meeting at The Shaheed Minar Memorial in the southwest corner of Altab Ali Park at 2.15pm.

We will set off at 2.30pm on a route taking us through Brick Lane, past the location of one of the nail bombing attacks of 1999, then on to Bethnal Green Road, past Weavers Field, heading back to Whitechapel Road, before turning on to Cambridge Heath Road and heading to St Johns Church on Bethnal Green (route may be subject to change).

The second part of the event will be held at St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road. London E2 9PA and begin at 3.30pm and end at 6.30pm.

There will be light refreshments and short speeches/presentations from representatives of peace supporting organisations talking about the impact of hate crime. There will also be activities and performances with some time for networking at the end.

Hate crime effects all people and all communities and everyone is welcome to attend.

If you would like to join us along route then please email for route details and meeting points. If you have any access needs then please email to discuss these with us. If you cannot join us for the walk then you are welcome to join us for the second half of the event at 3.30pm.

I hope to see you at the walk.  Please share this invitation and poster with your colleagues, contacts and service users.

Peace Walk Flyer 2019

Affirm launch event in October

A very special date for your diaries: 

Affirm is delighted to invite you to our gathering in October where we will be reflecting on our journey so far, and looking forward to the task ahead of us. We are delighted that Jamie Fletcher (A Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, Christian, Artist and Activist based in Leeds; she works freelance as a theatre and film director and musician, as well as having co-founded Queer Church Leeds) will be joining us to offer a keynote speech. We will be sharing in worship and communion with one another, as well as the chance to enjoy fellowship before and after the event. 

All are welcome to this event, there is no requirement to register and there is no fee. There will be an opportunity to make a gift towards the expenses of the day.

We would appreciate an e-mail if you are planning to come, please let us know how many people may be coming along with you, this will give us some idea of numbers. If you would rather just attend on the day that’s fine too, we respect your privacy.

Luke’s Story – our latest video (and other videos)

Over on the videos page we are building a collection of people’s stories, short videos that you cold use in a house group or study setting.

The most recent film is ‘Luke’s Story’. Luke Dowding is one of the directors here at Affirm and in his story he tells us of his life at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, his wedding to his partner Steven and his desire to become an ordained Baptist Minister.

Also on the videos page you can find an interview with Ian and Martin Stears-Handscomb and a film of the sermon from Luke and Steven’s wedding.

These are great little films and we hope that you get a lot from them, more are coming soon.