Gent Dampoort

Gent Dampoort
15 August 2018

Working on the pedestrian and cyclist tunnel underneath the railway-line


Dampoort station


Kasteellaan – Macharius kerk


Tunnel entrance


Dampoort De Lijn Bus stand


Dampoort De Lijn Bus stand

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CBC News – Faiths flourish at the churches, mosques, and gurdwaras of Mill Woods

Mill Woods, Edmonton – Alberta – Canada, 12 September 2018. A chance encounter with a priest in a coffee shop steered Lincoln Ho to a new church and a new branch of his faith.

Ho was a protestant looking for a new church. The priest was a former Baptist. After discussions about faith and visits to the St Theresa Parish, Ho converted to Catholicism. He now joins the hundreds who worship at the church in Mill Woods, where mass can sometimes be standing room only.

“After becoming a Catholic, the (parishioners) would always say congratulations, and I never got that anywhere else,” Ho said after mass on a recent Sunday.

But it’s not just Christians who flock to places of worship in this corner of the city, there are more than 20 major religious institutions in the 26 individual neighbourhoods that comprise Mill Woods.

Faith flourishes in its many forms in the southeast corner of Edmonton, from churches, to mosques to gurdwaras, where Sikhs gather. Worshippers say they not only seek places of spiritual growth, but also centres that build community and friendship.

For Ho, the many faiths practised in Mill Woods symbolise something special about his part of the city.

“Sometimes when I introduce myself, I don’t say I’m from Edmonton, I say I’m from Mill Woods, Alberta,” he said. “Because it is truly a mini-city of different cultures. All of these cultures and ethnicities and faiths come together into something that’s really beautiful. And everyone respects each other.”

‘This is the real community forum’

Less than two kilometres away from St Theresa is the Markaz-Ul-Islam, which sometimes welcomes up to 3,000 Muslims for Friday prayers.

Arif Ali said the mosque shouldn’t be viewed as a self-contained space, it is a place that helps build community both within and beyond its walls, much like a church, or a synagogue or a gurdwara.

“People move into these neighbourhoods because they want to be within walking distance (of the mosque),” he said.

“This is the real community forum for our folks to share their daily experiences, whether it’s about their job, or if their going through sickness, or if they’re new immigrants, coming to ask for help and advice and guidance from the people who have been living here for some time.”

The mosque is about 35 years old. Construction began not long after the first residents started moving into Mill Woods. The area was always conceived as a place that would support affordable housing and the integration of immigrants.

Ali thinks the Mill Woods area still attracts newcomers, who are looking for guidance and the chance to form connections in their new communities.

Focal point for faith, politics, friends

Often, those connections last for generations. At the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, a Gurdwara in Mill Woods, young people gathered upstairs from the langar, a communal kitchen where vegetarian food is prepared and served by volunteers to anyone who visits.

“The food is good, better than my mom’s,” said one teenager, who called the gurdwara a place that is “peaceful” and “chill.”

It is now one of two gurdwaras in Mill Woods. Thirty years ago, Sikh residents might have travelled to the gurdwara on St Albert Trail or the small make-shift gurdwara once held in local school gymnasiums.

But with a flourishing south Asian population in Mill Woods, it’s perhaps no surprise that Sikh places of worship were constructed.

“The gurdwara is a focal point for gathering together, praying,” said said Pal Singh Purewal. “And also in the gurdwara we get how to live life properly according to the teaching of (the faith).”

“And there is another role, that is political. We learn from speakers here of our history of the gurus, our history of the nation, and moreover this is a platform from which our possible future candidates take power.”

Purewal arrived in Edmonton in 1974. Over the years he has watched the Sikh population grow from a few thousand to more than 50,000 in Edmonton and surrounding communities.

“I think this is one of the best communities to live in in Edmonton. I am very happy and have enjoyed every moment.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/my-mill-woods-faith-church-mosque-gurdwara-1.4819584?cmp=rss

Gent – De Leie – Hoogstraat en Burgstraat

De Leie
28 July 2018


Graslei – Korenmarkt

Korenlei – Graslei


Graslei

Hoogstraat en Burgstraat
28 July 2018


Hoogstraat


Hoogstraat


Tram 1 to Wondelgem / Evergem

I messed up the sequence of the pictures
We jumped back to 20 July and will return to August
in due course.
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Edinburgh Evening News – Chief Inspector Kevin McLean: Heartened by support for Sikhs

Edinburgh – Lothian – Scotland, 05 September 2018. I would like to begin by reflecting on the recent shocking attacks on the Gurdwara and Leith Methodist Church. The targeting of two separate places of worship has clearly been an upsetting and worrying time for the Sikh and Christian communities. Thankfully this appears to have been an isolated incident.

I will not tolerate any attempts to target communities by any misguided individual or groups. In the aftermath of the incidents I was able to put a significant number of Community, CID and Response resources into the investigation and local area, which allowed us to swiftly identify a suspect and put them before the court.

Since the incident my Community Inspector and Sergeant have been in daily contact with our friends from the Gurdwara, which has sadly suffered from fire and smoke damage, and the groups and businesses that use the Methodist site. It’s heartening to hear that the Sikh community has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and kindness they have received from the wider Leith neighbourhood.

Leith is renowned for being a welcoming, diverse and multicultural area and they have demonstrated this togetherness again this week. On another positive note, I want to highlight the excellent work that continues to be carried out throughout the North East of the city in relation to Operation Drift, our summer Portobello Promenade community safety operation.

The hot summer has attracted a large number of visitors to Portobello Promenade to take advantage of the beach, and cooling sea breeze. Throughout this period my Community Officers have been carrying out patrols of the area alongside Council Environmental Wardens and HM Coastguard. Other activities included bike marking, water safety and offering crime prevention advice.

Finally, as the schools return and the nights begin to get darker, I would like to turn my attention to road safety. I would remind those who do the school run not to park on zig-zag lines next to schools. Speeding is always a top concern in any community especially near schools. Drivers should always drive cautiously near schools and slow down.

My Community Officers are currently working with pupils in our local primary schools to design bespoke driver awareness leaflets which my officers will hand out to drivers during forthcoming weeks of action. As always, I cannot stress enough the need for strong relationships with communities and our partners.

Please speak to our community officers, phone 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. All our activity is highlighted on our Twitter account, @EdinPolNE, where you’ll find information about events, crime prevention and issues that matter to you. Chief Inspector Kevin McLean is North East Edinburgh Area Commander.

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/ch-insp-kevin-mclean-heartened-by-support-for-sikhs-1-4794836

Edinburgh Evening News – Leith rallys in show of support for Sikh community

Edinburgh showed its true colours as hundreds of people turned out to show support for two places of religious worship which were attacked on Tuesday.

Edinburgh – Lothian – Scotland, 31 August 2018. Organised by the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh, a peaceful vigil brought together the community outside the Gurdwara in Leith.

The Sikh community of Edinburgh held a peaceful vigil alongside local councillors and community members outside the Gurdwara.

The response was to an early morning petrol bomb attack on both the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Sheriff Brae and the Methodist Church on Junction Street. A 49-year-old man was in court yesterday on malicious fireraising charges.

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/leith/leith-rallys-in-show-of-support-for-sikh-community-1-4792715

Gent Gurdwara – Sint-Pieters Woluwe

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
05 August 2018


Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen


Bhog Akhand Path
Reading the last pages of the Guru Granth Sahib at the end of a uninterrupted full reading of its 1430 pages

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Bhog Akhand Path

Bhog Akhand Path

Sint-Pieters Woluwe
05 August 2018


Julius Caesar
Tram 44 to Tervuren

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Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge
19 July 2018


Scheldedijk and Gentbrugge brug (bridge)


Tweekapellenstraat – Bus 3 to Mariakerke Post


Tweekapellenstraat – Bus 3 to Braemkasteel


Sint-Simon and Sint-Judas Church


Kliniekstraat


Kliniekstraat
Gent-Sint-Pieters – Dampoort railway line

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Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge
19 July 2018


Scheldedijk – Gentbrugge brug


Tweekapellenstraat – Bus 3 to Mariakerke Post


Tweekapellenstraat – Bus 3 to Braemkasteel


Sint-Simon and Sint-Judas Church


Kliniekstraat


Kliniekstraat
Sint-Pieters – Dampoort vv railway line

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Gentbrugge Scheldedijk – St Simon and St Judas Church

Scheldedijk
19 July 2018


Entrance to Gentbrugse Meersen from Scheldedijk


Gentbrugse Meersen


Schelde


Gentbrugse Meersen

St Simon and St Judas Church
Cemetery

Cemetery


Church and cemetery

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Bredene – West-Vlaanderen – Gent/Gentbrugge: Ketelvaart – Kortedagsteeg – Gentbrugse Meersen

Bredene – West-Vlaanderen
14 July 2018


Visserskapel
Evi looking at the messages and pictures left by visitors


Bredene Campings


Bredene Campings
De Lijn Kusttram lijn 0

Gent/Gentbrugge – Oost-Vlaanderen
15 July 2018


Ketelvaart
Footbridge from de Krook to Brabantdam


Kortedagsteeg
De Vooruit

Gentbrugse Meersen
15 July 2018


Balloon – dirt on my lens

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