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Manchester and London Follow-up statement from the University of Bath Interfaith Forum

5 June 2017, 10.37 am

The prayers and thoughts of the University of Bath Interfaith Forum are with all of those impacted, by the attacks in London and the continuing aftermath of Manchester. It was powerful and moving to see the spirit of hope at last night’s concert in Manchester.

Both are deeply distressing and shocking incidents that saw the loss of innocent life, and many injuries. As we saw they also brought out immense displays of strength and unity throughout the nation, from the emergency staff on the ground to local business owners, to the wider community showing solidarity. Such responses remind us of the strength and importance of community in our lives, and how we will not allow those who wish to cause destruction and disharmony to win out. This is why the University of Bath Interfaith Forum (UBIF) was set up.

Such tragedies are difficult times for everyone, and UBIF offers its wholehearted support to anyone on campus who may be affected, directly or indirectly, by the event.

A lit candle is a universal symbol of hope and support. We are able to leave one in the Chaplaincy Centre (to the East of the library down some steps, and close to the Muslim prayer room in Norwood House). This will be there, with a book for messages, until Friday 9th June. Please visit. All staff and students are welcome to come. For anyone needing to talk a chaplain is available.

Nigel Rawlinson – University Chaplain, Ecumenical Chaplaincy Centre
Mohammad Lone – President of the Islamic Society
Rabbi Mendy Singer – Regional Jewish Chaplain
Yoni Chitiyat – secretary of the Bath Jewish Society

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