London’s Mayor is backing a series of inter faith walks being held across South London this weekend to showcase the multi-faith character of the capital.
The Mayor says,
“I am delighted to lend my support to the South London Inter Faith Walks in this summer like no other for London.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games offer the most wonderful demonstration of togetherness, and it will be a joy to see athletes and visitors from all over the world, of all faiths and none, coming together in our capital where we are almost unique in being able to offer them all a home from home.
That is something to celebrate and for which we can all give thanks, and I can think of no better way to do so than by joining one of these Inter Faith walks in that same spirit of togetherness and sporting endeavour.”
Coordinated by South London Inter Faith Group and organised by local groups, each event is free and open to anyone of any faith or none. Participants will spend about an hour in up to eight different places of worship and can drop in and out at any part of the day. Participating boroughs are: Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston, Merton, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Lewisham, Bromley and Greenwich.
Sarah Thorley, organiser of 15 previous south London walks says,
“Come and join in! Meet and walk and talk with your neighbours. Now is your chance to enter all those mysterious buildings you’ve never quite dared to go into.
Visit temples, churches, mosques and synagogues all in one weekend.
See for yourselves the genuine inter faith cooperation that exists.”
To find details of the walks in your area, see www.southlondoninterfaith.org.uk/2012-inter-faith-walks.
Details and maps of the walks can also be found on the London Peace Network website, along with many other Olympic Truce activities this summer.