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Annual interfaith walk sees celebration of acceptance in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:52 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 September 2017

Annual interfaith walk by Redbridge Faith Forum in September

Annual interfaith walk by Redbridge Faith Forum in September

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For the first time in many years, the heavens didn’t open as faithful followers got together for the annual interfaith walk around the borough.

Bringing the date forward from mid-October helped attendees of Redbridge Faith Forum’s Multi-faith Walk of Peace on Sunday steer clear of showers of rain.

This year, the walk started at the Holocaust Memorial Gardens, in Valentines Park, Ilford, where about 70 people were welcomed by forum co-chairman Phil Butcher.

The theme was “acting together for one world in peace” and kicked off with a talk from Rabbi Michael Pertz who spoke movingly about the need for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Karen Kent, project development worker at RFF, said: “The walk proved to be a wonderful time of sharing and RFF is very grateful to all the faith communities who graciously opened their doors in welcome and to everyone who participated including police faith community liaison Officers Shaz and Kaser who kindly provided an escort. “Overall about 170 people participated as not everyone walked the whole route.”

The walkers then set off to walk to the Buddhist Vihara in Balfour Road where several faith leaders were invited to light a candle.

More walkers joined the walk at this point which continued to the Hindu Temple in Cleveland Road and welcomed into the Temple by Vinaya Sharma, the Redbridge Faith Forum Trustee.

Vinaya spoke about the topic of peace from a Hindu perspective and visitors were offered the gift of fruit.

At the next venue, more than 100 people gathered to hear from Imam Rafiq at the Ilford Islamic Centre, in Albert Road.

He spoke bout the recent celebration of Eid al Fitr and attendees took the time to enjoy some refreshments.

At the next stop, attendees visited the new prayer garden at Catholic Church of SS. Peter and Paul’s, High Road, Ilford.

The final destination was the Sikh Gurdwara, in High Road, Ilford where attendees enjoyed more refreshments.

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