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An intermittently showery day interupted by brief sunny intervals was the backdop to our meeting for worship. The silence shared gave way to bridging time and tea. Cake made an appearance. Those of us on healthy eating may have temporarily indulged in the same of contributing small change for a good cause.
After meeting we discussed our feeling around possible changes and revisions to Quaker Faith and Practice. Changes are currently implemented only once per generation so it was interesting to hear views from long term and birthright Quakers rough to those that are recent attenders.
Quakers recently attended the annual Luton Peace Walk, a multi faith, multi community event highlighting how the vast majority of Luton's diverse cultures happily co-exist in peace. The walk started at the town hall and went on from there to the Sikh temple. After a while the walk moved onto The Holy Ghost Church for a presentation by St Joseph's Catholic School pupils and then onto the Mosque next door as our final destination. Here's an informal record of the event made by Luton Quakers. Subtitles for the hard of hearing and a full transcript are available optionally within the video and over on You Tube itself.
A number of us attended an EID celebration on Friday evening as part of the Muslim community in Luton inviting other religions and faiths and indeed those of no particular faith to a get together. The event was enabled by the Near Neighbours fund, EID celebration and Luton Council Of Faiths initiatives and despite some overhead individual worries expressed over possible attendance numbers it turned out that by the 6:30 start time a wide cross section of faith organisation representatives filled the venue, The Jamia Islamia Ghousia Mosque in Westbourne Road. .
We all experienced Daf percussion and Nasheed singing and a number of guests spoke including Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins and David Jonathan (Johny) of Luton Council of Faiths and Grassroots together with other esteemed guests who all spoke of the benefits of ongoing efforts to foster community cohesion and hopes that faith organisations can continue to get together and by talking and sharing we can continue to discover more about each other and work together where we can.
Which is exactly what we all did after the short guest speeches bolstered by the availability of food and drink.