Marcus Braybrooke writes...
As you may know, the first week in February is 'World Interfaith Harmony Week' and rather to my surprise it was suggested we had a celebration to mark it in the village.
As part of the international World Interfaith Harmony Week, a service in which people of several world religions will participate will be held at St Michael’s Church, Clifton Hampden on Sunday 9 February at 2.30 p.m. All are welcome and are invited to stay for refreshments.
King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed observance of a World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations in 2010 and it was adopted unanimously within a month. In King Abdullah’s words, “the world's single most important threat is the attack on interfaith harmony, mutual respect, and trust. Every global challenge in this 21st century demands that we resist hatred and exclusion. Economic growth, peace-making, protecting the environment, global security, inclusive opportunity — all these critical goals require that people of faith cooperate and combine our strengths to our common benefit.”
The service on 9 February will be led by Rev Marcus Braybrooke. Also taking part at the service on 9 February will be Monowar Hussein, now Imam at Eton College Penny Faust, a leading member of the Oxford Jewish Community and Philip Koomen of the Baha'is, Sister Georgina of the Brahma Kumaris and others.