25th October 2005

 

LOCAL FAITH COMMUNITIES UNITE IN PRAYER

 

Members of the local faith communities in Lincolnshire will be putting their differences aside to unite in prayers for world peace at the University of Lincoln on Sunday 30th October.

 

For the fourth year in a row, representatives from the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh religions will read a passage from their scripture and offer a prayer for peace.

 

The suggestion of an annual week of prayer for the peace of the world came from the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship in 1973.

 

Three members of the Fellowship, Jack Jenner, Gordon Wilson and Sidney Hinkes went to Lambeth Palace to discuss the idea with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Michael Ramsey, who expressed his support.

 

The Week was inaugurated on 19th October 1974 in Westminster Abbey at a service at which the sermon was preached by the Archbishop.

 

University chaplain Les Acklam has organised this year’s prayer for world peace with the goodwill of the Lincoln Interfaith Group.

 

“If we’re going to work towards world peace there needs to be peace between the different religious communities”, said Les. “The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for the world’s faiths to unite in prayer and celebrate our similarities rather than our differences.

 

“Each religion has its own traditions but the sentiment and depth of feeling can be appreciated by everyone. At the heart of all faiths there is a passion and a longing for peace. We hope this interfaith celebration will help to break down prejudice, fear and misunderstanding, all of which contribute to a divided world.”

 

All people of goodwill are invited to pray for world peace on Sunday 30th October in the university’s main atrium building from 3pm.

 

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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