Lewisham Unitarians step out on the Interfaith Walk for Peace

Sunday 29th May saw hundreds of people walk through the streets of Catford and Lewisham in a show of unity. Lewisham Unitarians were proud to take part in this event.

We began with lunch at Catford Synagogue where the rabbi gave a warm invitation to everyone to come and experience a Saturday prayer service. We walked at the front of the parade so that we could stand outside our Meeting House as the parade passed by.

 Photo: Caro Swan   © SwanAround Photography

Photo: Caro Swan  © SwanAround Photography

 Photo: Caro Swan   © SwanAround Photography

Photo: Caro Swan  © SwanAround Photography

We greeted the walkers, waving and singing a popular Unitarian hymn:

Come sing a song with me, come sing a song with me
Come sing a song with me, that I might know your mind
And I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find
And I’ll bring a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.
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    © SwanAround Photography

Photo: Caro Swan © SwanAround Photography

 Photo: Caro Swan   © SwanAround Photography

Photo: Caro Swan  © SwanAround Photography

We then joined the back of the parade as we visited Lewisham Civic Centre to be greeted by counsellors, the Islamic Centre where young boys who have been learning the Qur’an off by heart recited verses for us, and two Christian churches – St Mary’s Church of England and St Saviour’s Roman Catholic church. At the Lewisham Sivan Temple, we were given delicious snacks and we ended the walk at Lewisham Police Station. In each place of worship we were greeted warmly, and learned a little more about their history in the area and their building.

To mark each stop, a ‘candle of peace’ was lit.

Our symbol of Unitarianism is a ‘flaming chalice’, which we light at the beginning of each service. We hope that these interfaith candles will form a symbolic chain of peace throughout Catford and Lewisham to show that people of all faiths and none can work together to rise above our differences and celebrate the lives we share.