Religious leaders join walk for peace


A group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders are to front a one-day “pilgrimage” across London next Thursday in a demonstration of interfaith fellowship.

Masorti Senior Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, who will be taking part in the walk, said its aim was to support “the values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect for life”.

Starting out at the Regents Park Mosque, they will go to Central Synagogue and Westminster Abbey before visiting Parliament and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Central Synagogue’s Rabbi Barry Marcus said, “Anything that can increase harmony between people of all faiths is something I view as positive.”

Also taking part are the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra and East Greenwich team rector The Revd Margaret Cave.

Members of the public will be able to join the event, which has been organised by the Coexist Foundation in partnership with the Cambridge Interfaith Programme (CIP). Other interfaith organisations including the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, the Council of Christians and Jews and Faith Matters have given their backing.

CIP director Professor David Ford said, “The religion agenda is too often hijacked by extremists who pervert the message of their faith to meet their own political ends.”

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