Solidarity in London following London Bridge attack
Faith communities have come together in London once again in the wake of a terrorist attack on the capital.
Speaking to Jumoke Fashola on BBC London Radio’s Inspirit show on Sunday, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden and Acting Bishop of London, spoke of the interfaith responses to terrorism and how important it is to ensure we:
“…don’t allow those who hijack our faiths for their own purposes to flourish. It means giving a different narrative and saying faith is good for us and people live together because faith works well, not because faith can be used as a way of separating us.”
As Londoners process Saturday night’s atrocity on London Bridge, the Faiths Forum for London, which has been working closely with the Mayor and Metropolitan Police, will join the vigil on Monday evening at 6pm at Potters Fields park.
The Bishop of Stepney, Adrian Newman, and the Bishop of Edmonton, Rob Wickham will represent the Diocese of London in a show of solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives, to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world we stand united in the face of those who seek to harm us and our way of life.
Bishop Adrian and clergy from the Diocese of London will later join a panel organised by the East London Mosque to present a unified front and categorically condemn the attack and declare that London will not be broken as a community.
Local parishes have sought to do what they can to support the emergency services and Londoners. Like many churches, St Magnus the Martyr on London Bridge offered prayers for the victims and a minute’s silence at its Mass for Pentecost on Sunday morning. The church will be used as a base for Response Pastors who will be present in the area of Borough and London Bridge to offer support and a listening ear on Monday evening.
Churches and clergy in the Diocese of London – which encompasses London north of the Thames – will continue to respond and support Londoners and the authorities in the coming days, working with partners in neighbouring Dioceses and members of other faiths.
Image: London Bridge (CC BY 2.0) by burge5k.