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Oxford Council of Faiths Friendship walk

This year's walk began as usual at the Oxford Synagogue, in gentle evening sunshine. A good number of people from twenty or more faith communities gathered to demonstrate a unity of understanding and mutual respect that will not be undermined by acts of violence or political unrest.

The event was blessed at the start by a welcome from Penny Faust, and reflections by Rabbi Norman Solomon, and Bishop Steven Croft. At St Giles revd Dr Andrew Bunch wecomed everyone, and prayers were led by the Revd Charlotte Bannister Parke and our own Superintendent, the Revd Dr Martin Wellings.  Next the column made its way to to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, where the Revd William Lamb welcomed the walkers, and reflections were offered by members of four more communities; and finally to the Central Mosque with a welcome by Shahzad Sarwar, a reading from the Holy Qur'an — and supper!

Supporters from Wesley Memorial, Lime Walk and Kidlington Churches ensured a Methodist representation alongside Martin!

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