Interfaith efforts in Slough

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CHRISTIANS and Muslims have joined together in solidarity in Slough.

The faith groups got together following an English Defence League march through the culturally diverse town in February. The Revd Rod Cosh, Area Dean for Burnham and Slough, said: “When we heard that this was their intention, Slough Interfaith Partnership, a group of representatives of all the Faiths met and decided that the important thing was to show our mutual support for each other.”

On the day before the march, Rod, along with George Howard a priest working in the parish in which the Mosque is situated, went to Friday Prayers.

Rod was invited to address the worshippers. “I told them that, although there are great differences in our faiths we do have a common word found in both the Gospels and the Quran – to love God and our neighbour and because of this it was important that we should stand together and at the same time ignore the EDL,” said Rod. On the day of the march, Christians of many denominations gathered at Kingsway URC church in the centre of the town, which was open as a place of prayer and safety.

On the Sunday, representatives of the Muslim community, along with the MP, Fiona MacTaggart, the Mayor, Balvinder S. Bains and representatives of the Police attended the Candlemas Eucharist at St Mary’s Slough. At the end of the Service, Mr Ten Ikram spoke on behalf of the Muslim community.

 

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