This important event will take place on Saturday 11th April. This is the programme for the day:
10:00 am Assemble at Lammack Church- Light refreshments will be available
10:30 am Reading of an agreed statement and commencement of walk
11:00 am Revidge Fold URC- meet welcoming group
11:45 am Masjid Tauheedule-meet welcoming group. Light lunch and observe 12:30 prayer
13:15 pm Masjid Al-Hidayha- meet welcoming group
14:00 pm St James’ C of E – meet welcoming group. Rest and light refreshments
15:00 pm Lammack Church
The Blackburn with Darwen InterFaith Group — of which our Vicar, myself and Jo are members – met in our church lounge on Thursday 10th April for a development meeting. Present were members of the Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu faiths along with guest speakers from The Lancashire Council of Mosques, the Statutory Advisory Committee for Religious Education, Churches Together in Lancashire and Blackburn Cathedral. After a thorough review of what the Forum has achieved in the past, very useful input was given as to plans for an effective future. There was great enthusiasm for working together in joint events for schools and in the wider community. The members were very appreciative of the venue – so much so that the next meeting of the Forum will also take place at St. James’. If you are a little fearful of working with people from other faiths – why not come along as an observer to our next meeting. We know that you will be enthused and feel very welcome. This meeting is on Thursday 29th May at 10.00am and will be finished by 12.30pm.
An expert in Asian Christian Ministry and Cross Cultural mission has
been appointed to a parish in the Blackburn Diocese after pioneering
initiatives in Bradford. Canon Dr Arun John will be priest in charge of
St James, Blackburn and St Stephen’s Harwood after seven years in
the Bradford Diocese.
Services in Urdu that he began there surprised him by
attracting South Asian Christians from all over the North of England.
These Christians ‘are one of the most neglected minority ethnic
communities,’ he said.
‘They’re often ostracised by the Muslim and Hindu
communities from which they came, and yet their white neighbours
confuse them as Muslims or Hindus, so they feel they belong
nowhere.’ He is continuing research that ‘aims to raise their profile
and to encourage them to integrate with the wider Christian
community with more confidence.’
Dr John, from North India, was an Archdeacon in
Johannesburg when Bishop David James invited him to Bradford in
2004. Initiatives he launched in Yorkshire included drawing together
local organisations, faith groups and projects to learn about. and
engage in, each other’s work. The Sharakat (Communion) project is
owned by a Muslim Trust and local Christan churches.
Dr John also launched a ‘goodwill gathering’ at the Hindu
Cultural Society, enjoyed strong friendships among the staff of the
Council of Mosques, and welcomed ecumenical support from the
Bradford District Faiths Forum