Saturday, 28 November 2015

Peace Makers Walk - Nottingham 28 Nov 2015

BFTF took part is a surprisingly interesting and uplifting "Peace Makers Walk" recently...

It was organised by the "Faiths in Action" team, which includes Churches, Mosques, Gurdwaras and other places of faith in the Hyson Green, Radford + New Basford area and took place on Saturday 28th Nov. Starting at the Forest Rec, the walk visited the Mansfield Road Baptist Church; Madni Masjid (Mosque); St Marys Catholic Church; St Stephens Church and finished at the Karimia Institute.

The walk was for people, of any or no faith, who were interested in building, and strengthening, bridges between communities in Nottingham. Here are a few pictures from the event....

Start at the Forest - we did not see dry weather again...
"Pace" is Italian for "Peace" btw

First stop was the Mansfield Road Baptist Church...

Not been in here before...

Beautiful window in the Baptist Church

Rev Andy Wilson said a few words

Next up was the Madni Masjid in Forest Fields...

"Peace Makers", just outside Madni Masjid

Representative of the Bishop speaking at Madni Masjid..

Imam Raza ul Haq spoke passionately about how we are affected by events across the world and an international effort is needed to bring peace to areas of conflict. He also commented that the British people were "the best in the world".

Imam Raza says a few words.... well, okay, quite a lot of words...

Madni Masjid really made the walkers feel at home, with samosas, pakoras, biscuits, pop and tea all on hand to help warm up and recharge.

Very generous hospitality at Madni Masjid

Mazher Hussein, one of the organising team,
going large with the Samosas

Imam Raza making sure that everyone gets fed!

Next stop was St Mary's Catholic Church in Hyson Green (interesting history here).

Outside St Marys Catholic Church

Inside St Marys Catholic Church

Father David Palmer spoke about the lessons we can learn from the late Rene Girard, who developed the "scapegoating" mechanism, which is held to work thus:
" is humankind, not God, who has need for various forms of atoning violence. Humans are driven by desire for that which another has or wants (mimetic desire). This causes a triangulation of desire and results in conflict between the desiring parties. This mimetic contagion increases to a point where society is at risk; it is at this point that the scapegoat mechanism[9] is triggered. This is the point where one person is singled out as the cause of the trouble and is expelled or killed by the group. This person is the scapegoat. Social order is restored as people are contented that they have solved the cause of their problems by removing the scapegoated individual, and the cycle begins again. The keyword here is "content". Scapegoating serves as a psychological relief for a group of people."

Father David Palmer says a few words....

Beautiful window in St Marys

In what was by now constant rain, the walkers moved on to St Stephens Church in Hyson Green (inevitably interesting history here).

Some of the organising team outside St Stephens

Inside St Stephens 

Rev Clive Burrows quoted some powerful phrases from Romans 12:17:

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.
On the contrary:“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Rev Clive Burrows quotes from Romans

Final stop on the walk was Bobbers Mill Community Centre, part of the Karimia Institute, a Muslim organisation.

Got a bit busy at Karimia

Hafiz Naveed talks about faith co-operation in local hospitals

To close out the event, Karimia laid on some tea, cake and biscuits!

If you want to find out more about Faiths in Action, please contact Mazher Hussain, email Tel: 07468 562560. This event was also covered by the Nottingham Post.

One last point worth mentioning is that other similar events, at larger and smaller scales, do regularly happen in Nottingham.

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