Faiths Act Fellows at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple
As Faiths Act Fellows based at Health Poverty Action, Harsha and I experienced the warm hospitality of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Golders Green this September.
The Temple was hosting an Interfaith Convention where members of different faiths gathered to hear from faith leaders such as the Arch Diocese of Westminster’s Bishop Arnold, Reverend Rana Youab Khan Representing the Archbishop of Canterbury, and leaders of Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu faiths.
The evening was inspirational as well as fun-filled, with several great speeches on the importance of interfaith collaboration in the aftermath of the London riots, followed by some superb cultural dance performances.
The Priest led the 300-strong audience in prayer and described how there were “many different flowers in God’s garden, in the form of many different faiths” and that “God likes to preside where there is unity”.
As an individual from a Jewish background it was very heart-warming to witness the attendance of the local Jewish community to mark this event.
The evening came to close and each guest had a sacred red thread tied around their wrist as a symbol of the pledge to work together in service.
A short while ago, this country experienced fear and violence during a period of rioting. Yet the efforts of faith communities, such as those who gathered together last week, serve as a reminder that unity and goodwill can overcome those who wish to cause division.
We look forward to joining the community in their efforts on International Sewa Day - September 25th!