Following the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as local attacks on mosques in our city region, faith and community leaders from Smethwick met with members of the Church of England - Birmingham before Diocesan Synod at the weekend, to display their solidarity.
They said: "We stand together as friends, Sikh, Muslim and Christian, surrounded by many who wish that friendship well. We stand for hope and peace. We pray that our friendship may be an encouragement, an expression of love and condolence to all who weep, who mourn, who feel hope is absent. In New Zealand, in Birmingham, in Sandwell, in Smethwick."
Those gathered (in the photo above) included: the Bishop of Birmingham, Right Reverend David Urquhart, Ragih Muflihi, Chair of Sandwell IMAN (Inclusive Muslim Action Network) and Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, Nasir Zameer, Imam at The Abrahamic Foundation Smethwick meeting leaders of Women First, Near Neighbours, Sukhwinder Singh of Guru Nanak, Smethwick and members of the Church of England Birmingham Diocesan Synod at Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick.