In this years Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Luton, Mr Tanvir Munir, General Secretary & Mr. Haji Mohammed Shafait, President of the Luton’s Central Mosque, accompanied by an Imam and 2 Muslim women leaders, said, “Following terror attacks in New Zealand & Sri Lanka, it is important for us to share our solidarity with one another. We are here to share the pain of our Christian brothers and sisters.”
President Mr Shafait, addressing Mgr Kevin McGinnell, Parish Priest at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, said, “I live on this street, so we are neighbours. It is our duty that we share our joys and sorrows together.” Mr Michael Singleton, Chair, Churches Together in Luton, appreciating the kind gesture of Muslim friends and neighbours, said it reminds him of the greatest commandments of all in The Bible, which talks of loving our neighbor as ourselves. May we continue to put our faith into action in this way!
Later Major Ralph Walker, Officer in charge of Luton Salvation Army Church, spoke passionately about their work, to help those who are vulnerable, homeless and in debt. He said Salvation Army is the largest social care and service provider after the government agencies and works in close partnership with Luton Food Bank, NOAH Enterprise, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Luton Casino Chaplaincy.
It was very humbling to hear of his experiences and motivation how despite being hugely under resourced and despite having been physically attacked and wounded, Major Ralph Walker continues to serve God in serving the humanity God created in His own image.
The Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Luton concluded with reports and news shared and election of the officers.