Candlelit Peace Vigil

About 200 of us gathered on College Green at 6pm on Tuesday 17th November for a Peace Vigil – to pay respect to all those who have lost their lives or been devastated by acts of terrorism in Paris and also in Beirut, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. Also to stand united as peaceful multi-cultural, multi-faith and richly diverse communities in Bristol.

Firstly we were outside, listening to speeches and prayers from a whole range of people. Then, the Cathedral opened its doors and invited everyone inside to place their candles – and it was a time for quiet reflection and shared prayer.

 There will be a report on our website and on facebook next week – but we just wanted to share with you some of these photos from the evening. See the Photo Gallery here.

This was organised by local agencies and individuals including Bristol Muslim Cultural Society (BMCS); Council of Bristol Mosques; Building the Bridge; Somali Community Organisations; Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI); Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and others.

Click here to read the speech given by our Chair Revd Tracey Lewis.

Other speakers included, amongst others:
Cllr Afzal Shah; Arif Khan, the Chair of the Council of Mosques; Rev Tracey Lewis, Chair of Bristol Multi-Faith Forum; Rev James Wilson; Zaheer Shabir, Chair of Building the Bridge; Peter Brill from Salaam Shalom; Kamlesh Vyas from the Hindu Temple; George Ferguson, the Mayor of Bristol; Alex Raikes, Director of SARI.