INSPIRED by the ice-bucket challenge (Comment, 17
October), a priest has launched a "freedom to worship and pray"
challenge in support of those suffering persecution for their
The Priest-in-Charge of Moldgreen and Rawthorpe, in the diocese
of West Yorkshire & the Dales, the Revd Heather Atkinson
(above), is asking people to post pictures of themselves
in places of prayer and worship on social media, and to nominate
others to do the same.
Those taking part are asked to donate money to Christian Aid's
emergency appeals for Iraq, Gaza, and Syria, where Christians and
others are being persecuted.
"I wanted a way to raise awareness of the situation in Iraq, and
give people of all faiths the opportunity to say something positive
about their place of prayer or worship," Mrs Atkinson said.
"Many people around the world are persecuted for their faith or
their views, and this is a way to show how lucky we are that we can
worship so freely."
The campaign is running on Facebook and Twitter, with the
"If you've got something to say about what it means to have this
freedom to pray and worship, then please just say it on behalf of
all those who have had that freedom taken away," Mrs Atkinson
Christian Aid's regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire, Alex Jones,
said: "Christian Aid partners on the ground in Iraq and Gaza are
working in very difficult circumstances. . . We share Heather's
call for the protection of all people, regardless of their belief
and identity, and encourage others to join her in this