One of England's leading cathedrals will be the site for an interfaith vigil for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine at lunchtime today.
The 3 June 2010 vigil, one of many taking place across the world as part of the World Council of Churches’ World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, will run from 1-2 pm in the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham.
The week of 29 May to 4 June has been a period when Christians and people of many faiths in different nations, guided by the WCC, have been working and praying for a just-peace in what some call the Holy Land - but which has been violated by years of injustice, killing and conflict.
In a message sent out yesterday, the organisers of the Birmingham vigil declared: "Please join us as we remember those killed in the recent attack on the Gaza flotilla and pray for a just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel."
Reflections at the event will be led by women of the three faiths of the region.
Salma Yaqoob is a Muslim and a local councillor, an anti-war campaigner and a community activist. She was one of the leaders of the Birmingham campaign against the Israeli bombing of Gaza in 2009.
Barbara Payman is a Jewish woman and member of a local Reform Congregation. She is a trustee of the interfaith charity Spirit of Peace, which works closely with The Jerusalem Peacemakers, an interfaith network working for reconciliation in the Holy Land.
Shari Brown is a Christian and the coordinator of Restore (a project of Birmingham Churches supporting refugees). She recently spent three months as an Accompanier with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
The event is being coordinated by the West Midlands Christian Network for a Just Peace for Palestine, a group involved in advocacy and campaigning, and affiliated with the new national campaign, ‘A Just Peace for Palestine’.
More details of the World Council of Churches’ World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel can be found here: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/events-sections/wwppi.html