24th November 2015
I recently attended a candlelit vigil for the victims of Paris and all conflict.
It was an opportunity to pay our respects to all those who have lost their lives or been devastated by acts of terrorism in Paris and also in Beirut, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. Also to stand united as peaceful multi-cultural, multi-faith and richly diverse communities in Bristol - our city, where so many people and agencies work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and together. This was organised by local agencies and individuals, including Bristol Muslim Cultural Society (BMCS), Council of Bristol Mosques, Building the Bridge, Somali Community Organisations, Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI), Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and others. About 500 people stood outside Bristol Cathedral on a wet and blustery night.
There were brief addresses by members of all faiths, asking for peace and culminated in a silent reflection around candles placed before the altar in the Cathedral, with prayers by many believers including Rizwan, Bristol University Chaplain, and a declaration of peace to our neighbours, ‘I will live in peace with you’. It was very moving.
Isabella Harding – RPE and Philosophy Teacher