Following a busy week of appointments we had a broad and insightful weekend beginning with the Civic Service on the occasion of 80th Anniversary of the Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. The Synagogue is the only non orthodox place of worship in the West Midlands and is the home of Liberal Judaism. Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi led the service and the High Sheriff was joined by the Lord Mayor, deputy Lieutenant Steve Goldstien CBE and a welcome visit from DL from Nottinghamshire.
After a visit to Havill & Travis’ new art gallery in Harborne to see Emily Sparkes’ new paintings, we togged up for the annual British Police Symphony Orchestra proms at Symphony Hall featuring everything from Elgar to 007 and culminating in Jerusalem with ticker snow and balloons cascading from the magnificent symphony hall roof to the singing and flag waving audience. Christmas is on its way.
Up next morning for the Speak For Yourself screening of a TV style debate show hosted by Professor Diane Kemp at Birmingham City University with young west midlanders from Coventry, Walsall and Birmingham. It was coordinated by Connect Justice, F5 and supported by the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Team. A great group of young people participated and debated serious issues of our day including moral and ethical questions in regard to Faith Schools, Violence, Closing Borders, Animal testing. Craig Francourt from F5 and Uprising Brum carried out the challenging role judging the presentations. Video clips will be available soon for all to engage in the debates.
To View 4 of the of the Speak For Yourself Studio debates go to this dropbox link
Its late on sunday and the blog detail and videos will have to wait – enjoy the week ahead.