One of the wonderful characteristics of London is its diversity; it is multi faith and multi racial city but recent terror events across London, the UK and the world has meant that there has been an increase in the fear of the other. Interfaith dialogue makes it possible for the church to be part of building community cohesion and resilience proclaiming that terror will not win. In the words of Jo Cox in her first speech to parliament ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.’
Interfaith dialogue begins when people meet each other and when they are able to build mutual understanding and respect. Dialogue can become a medium of authentic Christian witness.
In Southall yesterday it was wonderful to be able join with multi faith leaders and members of their community. They were generous in their welcome and it was a joy to be able speak with them.
It was good to be able to talk about how we can commit ourselves to work with all people in mutual respect, promoting together justice, peace and the common good. It was encouraging to see how people of different faiths were building community living out that they have far more in common than that which divides them.