Joint prayer for a ‘broken nation’

2019-05-14 06:01
Faith groups united in praying for a broken nation.

Faith groups united in praying for a broken nation.

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Leaders from different denominations gathered under one roof to pray against religious attacks and other challenges that people of faith face.

About 50 people including worshippers from Grassy Park, Lotus River, Parkwood, Ravensmead, Lansdowne and other communities attended the prayer at the Calvyn Protestant Church in Grassy Park on Sunday 5 May. Representatives came from Evangelical Lutheran Churches, Anglican Churches, Methodist churches and local Mosques.On top of the prayer list were those affected by the massive killings in the Sri Lanka. The killings broke out over the Easter weekend during a clash between Muslims and Christian belivers. Hundreds of people lost their lives.

The leaders also prayed for the survivors of the natural disaster in Mozambique and the victims of the recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape, land issues, fair governance and peace in communities.

Kidnapped journalist Shiraaz Mohamed also got a mention. Mohamed was kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

Iris Williams, member of an Anglican Church, says: “It is for us to show comfort and support to the victims and their families and pray for God’s mercy on the deceased.”

One of the religious leaders, Philip Bam says it is important to show the public that despite the different worship places in communities, humanity is the same and all religions are equal.He said an attack to one religion is an attack to humanity and should be stopped.“We need to build a bridge between the people of faith and become one,” Bam says.He called on religious leaders to unite and find ways to uplift each other and other communities.

Different denominations united under one roof prayed against religious attacks and the challenges that people of faith face.

On top of the prayer list were those affected in the Sri Lanka following massive killings that have been happening since the Easter weekend last month (from Sunday 21 April) where hundreds of people lost lives during a clash between Muslims and Christian belivers, survivors of the natural disaster in Mozambique as well as the recent flood victims in KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape, land issues, fair governance by the authorities and peace in communities.

They also prayed for a Shiraaz Mohamed a journalist who was kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

About 50 people including worshippers from Grassy Park, Lotus River, Parkwood, Ravensmead, Lansdowne and other communities attended the prayer at the Calvyn Protestant Church in Grassy Park on Sunday 5 May. Representatives came from Evangelical Lutheran Churches, Anglican Churches, Methodist churches and local Mosques.

Iris Williams, member of an Anglican Church says: “It is for us to show comfort and support to the victims and their families and pray for God’s mercy on the deceased.”

One of the religious leaders, Philip Bam says it is important to show the public that despite the different worship places in communities, humanity is the same and all religions are equal.

He said an attack to one religion is an attack to humanity and should be stopped.

“We need to build a bridge between the people of faith and become one,” Bam says.

He calls on religious leaders all over to be united and find ways to uplift each other and other communities.

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