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Redbridge Faith Forum’s multi-faith walk is a success

PUBLISHED: 14:03 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:41 21 October 2015

Francis Ackroyd (minister Ilford Vine church),  Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Rev Pethigamuwe Hemaratana, and Imam Ihsan at the Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Francis Ackroyd (minister Ilford Vine church), Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Rev Pethigamuwe Hemaratana, and Imam Ihsan at the Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford. Picture: Isabel Infantes

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The borough’s faiths groups came together as they visited places of worship in Ilford on Sunday.

The theme of this year’s Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) Multi-faith Walk event was “it’s not too late” with walkers thinking about how communi-ties could do more to make a positive difference for the environment.

The walk started at the Buddhist Vihara in Balfour Road, where youngsters planted a tree in the garden as Rev Pethigamuwe Hemaratana recited a mantra.

Next was the Salvation Army in Clements Road, where Lt John Clifton talked about the services it provided before walkers watched a bicycle recycling presentation.

At the VHP Hindu Centre in Cleveland Road, youngsters talked about caring for the earth, peace and how it was “integral” to Hindu teachings.

The next location was the Ilford Islamic Centre in Albert Road. Rabbi Jeffrey Newman talked to walkers about Judaism’s approach to climate change before Imam Ihsan called for faith groups to unite in their desire to care for the environment.

SS Peter & Paul Church in High Road was the next stop on the walk where RFF chairwoman Jacquie Grieve welcomed Redbridge deputy Mayor Cllr Thavathuray Jeyaranjan.

The last stop was the Karamsar gurdwara in High Road, where walkers en-joyed langar – free food – and a presentation from the gurdwara’s young people about recycling.

An RFF statement read: “The most in-spiring experience has been the community spirit displayed between all faiths for each other – welcoming and inclusive regardless of faith.”


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