For the 30th year the Westminster Interfaith Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace with the Hounslow Friends of Faith in the Hounslow area took place. Two members of the All Faiths Network also participated. Launching the Pilgrimage were MPs Ruth Cadbury (Brentford & Isleworth) and Seema Malhotra MP (Feltham & Heston) along with Councillor Nisar Malik, Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow.
Martin Weightman, Director of the All Faiths Network, attended the pilgrimage and complimented Jon Dal Din, who leads Westminster Interfaith, for organising these events throughout the years and for doing so much to improve and encourage interfaith relations in London and elsewhere.
The annual event attracts people from a wide range of different faiths. This year about 150 people attended and visited 5 different religious places of worship where they were given a brief talk at each venue about some aspect of their faith.
This year’s places visited were the Hindu Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Anglican Holy Trinity Church, the St Michael and St Martin Roman Catholic Church, the Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre and the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Amongst those attending were Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Scientologists, Quakers along with members from the Jewish, Sai Baba, Zoroastrian, Brahma Kumaris religions as well as Humanist and the Unification Peace Federation.
The clear message of the event was to make it clear that different faiths can work together with the emphasis was on what religions share and the common ground that they can work on together.
The pilgrimage is always a source of inspiration for those attending. Not only do the attendees always learn something new about different religions but they have the opportunity to build friendships and talk to members of other faiths along the walk.
It was a positive day for all concerned. To get an idea of what happened, go here to see pictures of the even