After the Westminster terror attack, Bishop Christopher joined other faith leaders in an open letter condemning such acts and promoting unity and respect for one another:
We, the undersigned,want to pay tribute to the people and communities of Britain, of all races, faiths and backgrounds that make Britain a country of tolerance and respect.
At this special time of year for so many religions we reiterate our commitment to work together against the discord, mistrust and fear that terrorists seek to create.
Recent attacks, such as those in Westminster, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Egypt, are an affront to faith and each one of us condemns them in the strongest possible terms - as barbaric acts of senseless violence.
Now more than ever faith groups are uniting in the face of those who would wish to sow fear and spread mistrust between the people of this country.
These attacks seek to divide us, and together we must show them that they will never succeed.
Instead of voices being raised in anger, we will continue to be calm and resolute.
Instead of responding with violence we will continue to show respect for others and love.
And instead of hatred we will continue to show that the British people are defined by the tolerance and respect that we have seen in abundance over the last few weeks, and that symbolises this country at its best.
We will continue to echo the positive voices of people and communities the length and breadth of Britain, with harmony, peace and unity.
Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei OBE, Al-Khoei Foundation
Ayaz Zuberi, London Central Mosque
The Revd Ioakeim Oureilidis,
Diocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Greek Orthodox Church
Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, Director General, Regents Park Mosque
The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark
The Revd Eustace Constance, Operations Director, Ascension Trust
Farooq Aftab, National Vice President,
Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK
Ibrahim Ikhlaf, Director of Outreach,
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK
Sanjay Jagatia, Secretary General, Hindu Council of UK
The Venerable Rosemary Lain-Priestley,
Associate Archdeacon of London
The Revd Tony Miles, Deputy Superintendent, Methodist Central Hall
The Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney
Dr Rajesh Parmar, Founder and Spiritual Leader of The International Siddhashram Shakti Center
The Rt Revd John Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster
The Revd Nigel Cowgill, Chair of the London Methodist District
Rabbi Gluck OBE, Chairman, Muslim-Jewish Forum
Aslam Hansa, Noor Ul Islam Trust
Manjit Singh Buttar, General Secretary, Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Satya Minhas, Co-Chair, Hindu Council of UK
Maulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Joint Secretary,
Fareed Ahmad, National External Affairs Secretary,
Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK
Mrs Charanjit Ajit Singh, Chair, Hounslow Friends of Faith
The Revd Michaela Youngson, Chair of the London Methodist District
Malcolm Deboo, President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
In response to the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday 3 June, the Rev Michaela Youngson made the following statement on behalf of Churches Together in South London:
Today marks the feast of Pentecost within the Christian Church - a day when we remember people from all over the world gathering in Jerusalem for a festival. We remember God's Holy Spirit of peace and love being poured into the world in a new and dynamic way, breaking down barriers of language and nation.
The area around Borough Market and London Bridge on a Saturday night is usually a place of festival - a vibrant place where people from all over the world gather to enjoy each other's company. It is shocking to wake up to the news of the devastating attack that took place last night.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have died, those who are injured and those who mourn. We are again deeply moved by stories of courage shown by our emergency services and by members of the public who put themselves at risk to shield others from harm.
As we offer prayers in churches and homes today, we pray that these events will not lead to the spread of fear in our city but that, once again, Londoners will stand united against those who would have us turn on each other in hate.
Michaela Youngson and Nigel Cowgill
Chairs of the London District of the Methodist Church
Southwark Cathedral reopens after London Bridge attack. Read the Guardian story here.
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