Unity hope

Interfaith leaders at Regent’s Park Mosque during the Unity Hope meeting.

Jewish religious leaders are to take part in a “pilgrimage” across London that will start in a mosque and finish in a church.

The interfaith initiative, which is the brainchild of the Coexist Foundation, sees representatives from the three Abrahamic faiths meet on Thursday at Regents Park Mosque, before moving on to the Central Synagogue in Great Portland Street and then Westminster Abbey.

The pilgrimage will end with a gathering outside Parliament, to show “a united love of democracy” and finally on to St Thomas’ Hospital “to emphasis the faiths shared respect for life”. 

Cambridge University’s Divinity Professor David Ford said: “The religion agenda is too often hijacked by extremists who pervert the message of their faith to meet their own political ideals.  We are celebrating their common ground and their shared imperative for peace.”

The Coexist Pilgrimage for Peace is supported by the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) and the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, and senior Jewish religious leaders have leant their support. 

Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg said: “The essence of faith is the service of God through the service of all life. We are responsible together for each other’s safety, dignity and freedom.”