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Melbourne Anglicans join interfaith peace march

Posted on: October 7, 2015 1:50 PM
Photo Credit: Diocese of Melbourne

[ACNS] Christians, Jews and Muslims will take part in an interfaith walk for peace in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon [11 October] to “celebrate and cement their unity.”

After a reflection and prayer of peace, the walkers will set off from St Peter’s Anglican church before moving on to the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation synagogue and concluding at the Albanian mosque.

Participants will pause for prayer and reflection at each stop on the walk and there will be an opportunity to ask questions in each place.

“With religion tensions again in the news at home and abroad, it is easy to overlook the vast amount of goodwill between religious groups and their role in building peace,” the assistant bishop for the Northwest Region in the diocese of Melbourne, the Rt Revd Philip Huggins, said.

“In many of our communities there are strong networks of interfaith friendship,” Bishop Huggins, president of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association, added.

The Diocese of Melbourne said that “the JCMA has been building common understanding about the Abrahamic faiths since 2003. Its schools program gives teachers and students an opportunity to challenge the stereotypes and misunderstandings they may have about people from different cultural and religious backgrounds”