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22 May 2017

Following the tragic events earlier in the week at Manchester Arena, the Lewisham Faith Leaders, along with Carol our CoOrdinator, have released the following statement:

Prayers and support go out to everyone affected by this.  Sad times.


21 May 2017

On Sunday 21 May the Inter Faith Walk for Peace took place in Lewisham.  Amongst the walkers were about ten Street Pastors.

People from different faiths, and no faith, the Police and local politicians, walked from Catford Synagogue to St Laurence’s who hosted a fabulous lunch, then on to the Civic Suite where Mayor Steve Bullock lit a candle. We then walked to Lewisham Islamic Centre and finally to the Sivan Hindu Temple.

It was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate that although we may have different viewpoints on faith, or indeed have no faith at all, we can walk together, and eat together, in peace

Some of the local faith leaders with Carol Bostridge our Co-Ordinator


March 2017

Carol, our Co-Ordinator, received this lovely message after our Patrol on 25 March:

“Just want to say a massive thank you to the lady who helped me when I had a little bit too much to drink last night outside venue in new cross! Was such a lovely lady, made me laugh even when I was being sick, gave me a blanket, water and flip flops and helped look after me whilst waiting for my mum to pick me up. Really wish I knew her name so I could thank her myself, but hope this gets back to her somehow, can’t thank her enough! What you people do is truly amazing!”

Thank you Team D for making a difference to this lady’s evening.


Lewisham Faith Leaders’ Joint Statement about Terrorist Incident in Westminster

Lewisham Faith Leaders stand together in condemning the terrorism incident that took place on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at Westminster which claimed innocent lives and caused serious injuries to dozens more. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Heinous acts such as this, perpetrated with such callous brutality, can never be justified, and the Lewisham community stands in absolute solidarity with the people of London in this difficult time.

We would like to thank the Police and Emergency services for their swift actions and bravery in the face of life-threatening danger. We also pay tribute to the ordinary persons at the scene displaying courage and selflessness in tending to the wounded.

While we await further news on Wednesday’s tragedy, we invite everyone in Lewisham and beyond to join our Annual Walk for Peace on 21 May 2017 that celebrates our strength in diversity while promoting peace, justice, mutual respect and tolerance.

Father Charles Pickstone – St Laurence Church, Lewisham
Reverend Dr Stephen Maunder – Superintendent Minister, Lewisham Methodist Churches
Imam Shakeel Begg – Lewisham Islamic Centre
Father Philip Corbett – St Stephen’s Vicarage, Lewisham
Reverend David Rome – Cantor, Catford and Bromley United Synagogue
Mr Joe Burchell – Chair of Catford and Bromley Synagogue
Mr Raj Vallipuram – Trustee of London Sivan Temple
Father Steve Hall – St Mary’s Lewisham
The Right Reverend Dr Karowei Dorgu – Bishop of Woolwich
Reverend Carol Bostridge – Lewisham Street Pastors Co-ordinator & District Minister for London Baptist Association
Reverend Bridget Shepherd – Church of the Good Shepherd, Lee
Nigel Desborough – Ecumenical Borough Dean
Rev Stuart Leck – Team Vicar at St Barnabas Church, Catford  & Downham Team Ministry
Reverend Canon Peter Farley-Moore – St John’s Deptford
Father Chris Connor – St Saviour’s Catholic Church, Lewisham
The Venerable Alastair Cutting – Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich
Graham Price – Chief Inspector at Lewisham Metropolitan Police
Father Martin Thomas – St John the Baptist, Catford
Councillor Janet Daby – Labour Local Councillor for Whitefoot Ward & Lewisham Cabinet Member