Faithful Friends group in Forest Gate seeks to bring society together
report in the Newham Recorder
(February 6, 2014)
A group of eight faith leaders, three Christians, three Muslims and two Sikhs, from Forest Gate in East London have completed a three day retreat at the Franciscan Friary in Dorset. The group who are members of an inter-faith project Faithful Friends
used the time to assess the impact they are collectively having in thier community and to plan what more they can contribute to the development of Forest Gate and its surrounding areas.
Inspired by the simple life of the Franciscans, the group decided to focus its efforts in the next few years on encouraging those within the community in Forest Gate to embrace a healthy life style and to live in a way that respects the environment.
The trip also brought the group together, giving them more respect for each others faith. Nicola Vidamour, a Methodist minister based at East Ham said:
"The commitment of both my Muslim and Franciscan brothers to the daily pattern of prayer moved and challenged me to deepen and renew my own submission to God...
By living in community we became a community and were able to say "Amen" to one another's prayers. We set out as familiar faces and returned as family. "
The other participants are
Rev Dr Chigor Chike, the Vicar of Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate (C of E), Rev Bruce Stokes of Woodgrange Baptist Church, Sheikr Abdul Karim and Doud of Green Street Mosque.
The event took place from 18th to 20th September, 2012.