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Partnered preaching

10 January 2014

BOTH Christians and Muslims in High Wycombe, in Oxford diocese, were shocked when they heard of the suicide bombing last September at All Saints', Peshawar, which killed 127 Christian worshippers and injured nearly 200 more (News, 20 September).

The Council for Christian and Muslim Relations called an emergency meeting, and issued a strong statement condemning the outrage. Christian and Muslim members then decided to join together for prayers for those who had been bereaved or injured (and to remember similar attacks on Shia Muslims and others in Pakistan), at both the midday prayers at the Totteridge Road mosque on the Friday before Christmas, and at the Sunday parish eucharist at All Saints', High Wycombe, a couple of days later.

The same sermon was preached at both: one part was given by Imam Sultan Mahmoud, and the other by the Revd Hugh Ellis (above, in the mosque). The two acts of worship also included prayers for the congregation in Peshawar, and for other victims of sectarian violence in Pakistan. About a dozen Muslims went to All Saints', and about a dozen Christians went to the mosque.

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