I am sure we will all agree that London is the best city in the world – for those who are religiously and spiritually minded, as well as for those who are creative, entrepreneurial, and from the international community. The key ingredient of our success is the flow of ideas and talent from all corners of the globe.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched an online campaign #LondonIsOpen following the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. It highlights that it is more important than ever to show that our city is united and the capital will continue to be open for business and open to the world.
This is a task that needs us all to work together and one way in which we can all do this is to get your church to photograph its members opening its doors, in bright and creative ways. Then post the image to social media with the hashtag #LondonIsOpen so we can show the world that we intend to retain our global position and to celebrate our diversity.
Mr Khan has written to Londoners to ask for help, stating:
“London is one of the world’s most diverse cities. People from different nationalities, races and religions live in harmony here. We don’t just tolerate our differences, we celebrate them. Many people from all over the world live and work here, contributing to every aspect of life in our city. I have a clear message to them all: you are, and continue to be, welcome in London.
“Now’s the time to make that message clear to everyone – that our city is comfortable in its diversity, proud of his history and optimistic about its future. London is open.
“Over the coming weeks, I will be working with as many people as possible to ensure London continues to be the best place in the world for business, creativity and innovation — and that London continues to be the best place in which to live, work and raise a family.
“I’m asking that you join me in spreading this message of inclusiveness and openness and to get behind our #LondonIsOpen movement by showing your support however best you can. By providing brilliant creative content that can be shared by all Londoners, using your own social media reach, or supporting this initiative in other ways.”
Please keep the communications team informed of your tweets and social media activity so we can highlight the best in the Diocese. More information on the campaign and ideas on how to show that your doors are open can be found on the Mayor of London’s webpage.
Matthew Hall was the diocesan Communications Assistant, before going on to become a Franciscan Friar with the Society of St Francis. Matthew seeks to protect the environment. He adores hiking and being outdoor in the country or by the sea in nearly all weather. He dreams of hiking to Rome and Jerusalem.
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