In 1993 St Ethelburga’s church was almost completely destroyed by an IRA Bomb – in 2002 it reopened as a Centre of Reconciliation and Peace – out of atrocity a centre for people of all faiths and none arose. St Ethelburga’s issued a statement following the latest London atrocity at London Bridge (https://stethelburgas.org/); following is an excerpt:-
“How should we respond? How do we face up to this new reality around us? And how do we move forward? ……
Our only real option is to pull together, summon our collective courage, and take responsibility. Do whatever is in our power to become peace-makers in our own contexts and lives…….
We have to dig more deeply into our individual commitment, put aside more selfish concerns and contribute whatever we can. We also must reach out across differences and divides of all kinds, go beyond our comfort zones, and live from the real understanding that we are in this together. If we are to turn this around, every one of us will need to be part of a long-term preventative solution.”
Redbridge Faith Forum endorses this sentiment and invites everyone along to the next RFF public network meeting on Tuesday 25th July 2017 which will be on the topic of Peace & Reconciliation in the Gloucester Room, Central Library, Clements Road, 12 noon-1.30pm. This will be an opportunity for people of all faiths and none to come together and consider this topic in the light of current events.