More than 200 people of the three Abrahamic faiths made their way on Thursday evening to the Asian Cultural Centre in Manzil Way, east Oxford, for the celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Eid ul-Adha. There were informative displays on Judaism and Islam; menorah and Christmas tree shared the stage. We heard songs in Hebrew and Arabic flanking Christmas carols. The stories of the festivals were told – the Nativity of Jesus explained with the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ – we also learnt about the route of the Hajj.
Before we went on to share the meal, we prayed together with these well-considered words:
O God, you are the source of life and peace.
Your power changes hearts.
Jews, Muslims, and Christians remember and gladly affirm
that we are followers of the one God,
children of Abraham, brothers and sisters.
It was then announced: This year’s Friendship Walk for people of all faiths will take place on Wednesday 24th May 2006. Starting at 18:30 with prayer outside the Synagogue in Richmond Road, we will walk to the Church of St Mary the Virgin for prayers and refreshments in the garden, then onto the Mosque in Manzil Way for more prayers and refreshments. All welcome.
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