Interfaith week events are celebrated as a success

Chaplaincy: PC Aieysha Bana, Peter Lumsden and Supt Ian Dawson

Chaplaincy: PC Aieysha Bana, Peter Lumsden and Supt Ian Dawson

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This year’s Interfaith Week has attracted people from across the country to Preston to celebrate different faiths.

Organisers say representatives of different beliefs gathered in the city for a series of events, designed to raise understanding and build relationships.

From trails and workshops to debates and concerts, leaders say they are pleased with the week’s success.

The week began with a voice of women in faith event on Sunday, and also included a chaplaincy event and two faith trails.

Peter Lumsden, a trustee of Preston Faith Forum, said: “The women’s event, I believe from all the feedback, was very positive.

“There was more discussion and I think it went really well.”

Faith trails were held on Monday and Wednesday and Peter said they “continue to be successful”.

He said: “On Tuesday, the concert raised £700 towards the Red Cross and Syrian refugees, and it was a full house.”

A “chaplaincy for all” event was held on Thursday at Lancashire Police headquarters in Hutton, exploring the role of chaplains and chaplaincy networks.

Peter said: “I was pleased with that, we had 30 people there. It was aimed at police, prison and hospital chaplains and there was a really good turn out from people from prisons. We had a lady from St Mary’s College Blackburn, the railway chaplain from York, and someone who had come all the way from the south coast.

“It was very positive with a lot of conversations between people and people networking.

“There were quite a lot of reassurances and people as individuals had chance to talk and share with others in a similar role.”

A “Christian Muslim perspectives” event was held at UCLan on Thursday evening, focussing on prayer.

Peter said 60 people attended, and said: “There were presentations from a Muslim and Christian and a wider discussion among the audience, so that went very well.

“I’m pleased with how it’s all gone. There’s been good attendance to all the events and each year we attract more people into this area with interfaith dialogue and relationship building.”