Oxfordshire’s Communities Vigil for Peace

The Bishop of Oxford and Imam Monawar Hussain hosted a second meeting
for faith and community leaders from across Oxfordshire on Tuesday 31st
October. The group will meet regularly in the coming months to give a
collective voice in promoting understanding, peace, and strong community
relations across the area and have issued the following statement and
invitation.

We are aware of the need to draw together the diverse communities of
Oxfordshire at this time and renew bonds of friendship and a common
commitment to peace. We invite all people of goodwill from across
Oxfordshire to come together for a vigil for peace in Broad Street in
Oxford on Sunday 5th November at 5 pm. We invite everyone to bring a
candle. There will be some short reflections, shared grief and words of
comfort offered and we will light our candles together at 5.15pm and
stand in silence, as an act of solidarity with those who suffer on all
sides of the conflict.

Together, we are horrified by the violence that we are seeing in lsrael
and Palestine, and the suffering of ordinary people who have lost loved
ones and who fear for their own lives and for friends and family
members. We hold all the victims and their loved ones in our prayers.

We stand together here in Oxfordshire as religious and community leaders
to say that we must continue the good work of community and relationship
building that has taken place over many years.

We support and encourage all those working to facilitate honest and
respectful conversations and to strengthen the network of good
relations, friendships, and trust between our communities of which we in
Oxfordshire are so proud.

Let peace and understanding continue to be the solution.