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Religious leaders gather for peace

Religious leaders gather for peace A united Canterbury-Bankstown community will come together in faith and peace next week, for the annual Multi-faith Prayers for Peace community event. No  

A united Canterbury-Bankstown community will come together in faith and peace next week, for the annual Multi-faith Prayers for Peace community event.

Mayor Khal Asfour will be joined by various religious leaders from throughout Sydney at Lakemba Senior Citizens Centre, on Tuesday 18 September.

A member of the Canterbury-Bankstown Interfaith Reference group, Interfaith Minister, Reverend Heather Topp, said the Council-organised event was about uniting for world peace.

"We live in times of great uncertainty, where conflict and unprecedented hardship is being caused by war, terrorism, famine, natural disasters and violence against the innocent," she said.

"These tragic events make it even more important for us to come together as one community and as peace-builders, to continue to work together on strengthening harmony, understanding, compassion and healing."

This year’s theme is based on a South African word, Ubuntu, which translates to I Am Because You Are - a belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.

Mayor Asfour said a common reflection all faiths had, was praying for unity and peace.

"It’s universal – it doesn’t matter what faith you are, there are hundreds of ways to pray in public and in private," Mayor Asfour said.

"It’s touching to see our community continuing to celebrate and respect each other’s faiths.

"Another great example of that was when thousands of people converged on Haldon Street, at Lakemba, for the Ramadan festivities."

The Multi-faith Prayers for Peace service will begin at 6.30pm, with supper served afterwards. For more information and to register, call 9789 9428.


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