People came together to take part in Bradford’s Mile of Tolerance project last week.
The project helped residents across the district to visit different places of worship. The organisations taking part were: St Paul’s Church, Manningham; Bradford Reform Synagogue and the Bradford Central Mosque in Westgate.
Faith partners opened their doors to the public and welcomed them with food and drinks with the aim of bringing communities and faith groups together. Around 80 people of many faiths, ages and nationalities attended the event.
First stop was St. Paul’s Church in Manningham where visitors were served with tea/coffee and biscuits by a group of young Muslims and Rev Alistair Helm gave a short talk explaining the Church of England’s Christian faith. Some people attended from outside the district including a woman from Australia, who happened to be in the country.
Then it was on to the Bradford Reform Synagogue where Rudi Leavor, Jewish community leader in Bradford, provided a speech about Judaism and the Synagogue’s role within the local community.
The tour concluded at the Westgate Mosque where the group of visitors had an opportunity to listen to the Azaan (call for prayers) and to view the early afternoon prayer. The Mosque’s Imam gave a short talk after the prayer followed by a Q&A session. This was followed by a young people’s presentation about Islam by the Bradford Youth Service. Food was served to the visitors after the mid-day prayer,
Coun Abdul Jabar, portfolio for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “The day was a great success with an excellent turnout. There were people from all faiths, nationalities and age groups. This was a brilliant initiative celebrating the shared values and interests of our communities and faiths.
“Our Youth Service is involved in educational faith programmes to help build stronger relationships and friendships not only for the current generation but also for generations to come.”