Watford’s Faith Communities Promote Initerfaith Relations
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Thursday 20th November 2014

As part of its Mitzvah Day activities, Watford Synagogue hosted about 100 residents at the start of the annual Watford Inter-Faith Association pilgrimage around faith centres in the town to promote tolerance and understanding between different faiths. Watford’s MP Richard Harrington and Mayor Dorothy Thornhill also showed their support by attending. 

The tour started at Watford shul where the group was welcomed by minister Rabbi Levene and guests were served tea and cakes. Carrying banners they then marched down Watford High Street to their next stop – St Mary’s Parish Church - where they were shown around the ancient building and given an insight into its history. The group then walked to the Sikh Gurdwara and, finally, the town’s Central Mosque where they were greeted by Iman Saleem. The group then walked back up the high street to join in Watford’s Diwali celebrations.

Following the tour Richard Harrington, who is a Watford shul member, said, “The pilgrimage really highlighted the similarities between the major religions as a commonsense set of values for life, with a common enemy of intolerance.  There was a good turnout and I really enjoyed it.”