Posted by: bbburnley | February 18, 2013

Women’s Interfaith Pilgrimage

A Women’s Inter-Faith Pilgrimage which recently returned from the Holy Land had the
backing of Building Bridges in Burnley. Eleven Christian ladies and eleven Muslim ladies
were accompanied by Afrasiab Anwar, coordinator of the Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre
and Fr Michael Waters, parish priest of St. John the Baptist, Burnley. Everyone paid for
their own travel and accommodation expenses at the Ecce Homo Convent on the Via
Dolorosa in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City..
Rev. Jo Williams, minister at Sion Baptist Church, Burnley, said, “ Our intention was to
visit the Holy Places together, to learn more about the three Abrahamic faiths and so to
increase our mutual understanding in Burnley.
Muslims joined with Christians to see the birth place of the Lord Jesus in Bethlehem, his
home in Nazareth and Capernaum and in following the Stations of the Cross to the Holy
Sepulchre.
Christians were privileged to be invited to visit inside the Dome of the Rock, the site of the
Holy of Holies for Jews and the place of the Night Journey of the prophet Muhammad and
to enter the Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims.”
The British Consul General in Jerusalem, Sir Vincent Fean, born in Burnley and a former
pupil of St Theodore’s High school, and his wife Lady Anne joined the pilgrims for dinner
one evening. He explained the political complexities for Israelis and Palestinians be they
Jews, Christians or Muslims. A group of women from a Pax Christi group in Bethlehem
shared their stories about the effect of the Separation Wall on their daily lives and then
entertained everyone with music, song and dance.
There is an open invitation to share the experiences of the pilgrims at the Faith Centre,
Burnley Campus, Barden Lane, BB10 1JB at 7.00pm.on Tuesday 12th March.
Further details telephone: Rev. Jo Williams 01282 838110; Fr. Michael Waters 01282
423824; Afrasiab Anwar 07790
009552; Mrs. Bea Foster 07875 517043

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