Lewisham peace walk shows solidarity against terror

Leaflet of Lewisham Interfaith Walk for Peace. Pic: SE23 Life

Members of faith communities, residents and visitors took part in the third Lewisham Interfaith Walk for Peace on Sunday May 21.

Organised by Lewisham Police, the Walk for Peace took place again this year, visiting the Islamic Centre, a synagogue, St Laurence church, Sivan Temple and the Civic Suite.

People participated in the walk as a sign of solidarity and friendship towards victims of atrocities and terrorist attacks.

In fact, the idea was born after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in 2015. In light of the recent attack in Manchester last week, terrorism is seemingly becoming an even bigger issue in our society.

SELHuG (South East London Humanist Group), a local group for atheists, agnostics, humanists, free-thinkers, partnered with the British Humanist Association, took part in the Interfaith Walk in 2016 and again this year, and defined it as a “richly rewarding experience”.

Many people shared the event on Twitter and commented on it, showing enthusiasm and true care for each other and topics such as religious diversity.

Other similar events take place everywhere in the UK; Just Giving Charity, Richard House Children’s Hospice and OCD Action’s walks for peace are only some of many initiatives organised in the country.

On Sunday 28, the Muslim community organised the ‘Peace Walk for All’ in Manchester, which saw people of all faiths and none gathering to pay respect to the 22 victims of the terrorist attack that took place on Monday 22 at the end of Ariana Grande’s concert, leaving many people injured.

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