Crossing boundaries

A belated note about last Saturday's St Albans Interfaith Group's reception at the Civic Centre. St Albans is special in so many ways, and the longstanding interfaith group (which predates 9/11) is evidence of that.  The initiative came from the Rev Tony Hurle of St Paul's Church, who wanted to create a regular dialogue between the local religious communities.

On Saturday we had speeches from Kevin Walton, the Canon Chancellor at the Abbey, who made the point that our city's origin stemmed from Alban, then a non-Christian, reaching out to protect a persecuted Christian; a luminous talk from Dr Khalid of the Islamic Centre, St Pauls' close neighbour in Hatfield Road; speeches from the United Synagogue in Oswald road and the Masorti congregation; the Bahai; and the Society of Friends, who are currently hosting the Masorti congregation at the Friends Meeting House in Upper Lattimore Road.  Also spotted were friends from Marlborough Road Methodist Church, as well as other Anglican churches in town. My apologies if I have omitted anyone.  They are all Abrahamic faiths, and there is far more that unites than divides us.  I found this event an uplifting and moving experience.

Share this post on social media:

If you submit this form, the Liberal Democrats, locally and nationally, may use information in it, including your political views, to further our objectives, share it with our elected representatives and contact you in future using any of the means provided. Some contacts may be automated. You may opt out of some or all contacts or exercise your other legal rights by contacting us. Further details are in our Privacy Policy at

Sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Email.