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Sri Lanka Easter Day terrorist attacks - Responses by IFN member bodies

A number of IFN member bodies have issued statements or organised vigils or solidarity events in response to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019 This page is being updated on a regular basis.

Statements

Inter Faith Network for the UK statement by the Co-Chairs and the Moderators of the IFN's Faith Communities Forum https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/standing-together-statement-following-easter-day-terrorist-attacks-in-sri-lanka

 

Barnet Multi Faith Forum http://barnetmultifaithforum.org/index.php/2019/04/21/sri-lanka-terror-attacks/

Bolton Inter Faith Council with others https://bit.ly/2ZwjEaW

Board of Deputies of British Jews https://twitter.com/BoDPres/status/1119902085204664320

Council of Christians and Jews https://www.facebook.com/TheCCJUK/posts/2985871708120294

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has gathered prayers and response from the Churches:https://ctbi.org.uk/prayers-for-sri-lanka/ 

Faith and Belief Forum https://twitter.com/faithbelieforum/status/1119948458872516608

Faiths Forum for London https://www.facebook.com/FaithsForum/posts/2291416000902390 

Hindu Forum of Britain https://www.facebook.com/HinduForumBritain/posts/830623973984430?

Interfaith Scotland https://www.facebook.com/interfaithscotland/posts/2100103013430616

Islamic Cultural Centre UK http://iccuk.org/news2.php?section=news&page=news156

Islington Faiths Forum https://twitter.com/IFForum1/status/1120742461352157185

Leicester Counci of Faiths https://www.facebook.com/CouncilofFaiths/posts/10156207025986334

Loughborough Council of Faiths https://www.facebook.com/lborofaiths/posts/2424059117644435

MINAB http://minab.org.uk/sri-lanka-atthttps://www.facebook.com/lborofaiths/acks-an-attack-on-all-worshippers-of-all-faiths/

Muslim Council of Britain https://mcb.org.uk/press-releases/easter-sunday-bombings-muslim-council-of-britain-condemns-attacks-in-sri-lanka/ and list of memorial events happening https://mcb.org.uk/general/sri-lanka-easter-attacks-memorial-events/

Spiritualists' National Union https://www.snu.org.uk/news/prayers-for-sri-lanka

The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches  https://www.unitarian.org.uk/news/sri-lanka-and-derry  

World Ahl-ul-Bayt Islamic League https://www.facebook.com/worldahlulbaytislamicleague/posts/2382663171773271

Quakers in Britain (the Religious Society of Friends) https://www.quaker.org.uk/news-and-events/news/responding-to-violence-in-sri-lanka

 

A number of UK faith community bodies also shared statements issued by their community bodies in Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent.

 

Vigils, services and solidarity events

Sunday April 21 

Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha/London Buddhist Vihara special puja https://twitter.com/amalab/status/1119985752421601282

Tuesday 23 April

Preston Faith Communities Forum vigil on the Flag Market https://www.lep.co.uk/news/people/preston-vigil-for-victims-of-easter-sunday-terrorist-attacks-in-sri-lanka-1-9728647

Wednesday 24 April

Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group vigil at Hove Methodist Church http://interfaithcontactgroup.com/news-and-events/

Luton Council of Faiths and faith communities, with Luton Council and Bedfordshire Police https://www.facebook.com/groups/LutonFaiths/permalink/1862791867159759?sfns=mo

Thursday 25 April

Calderdale Interfaith Council and Calderdale Council at Halifax Minster https://mailchi.mp/b64565e11828/calderdale-interfaith-peace-vigil-for-the-sri-lanka-attacks

Friday 26 April

Building Bridges Burnley https://twitter.com/The_faithcentre/status/112070381619687424

North Kirklees Inter Faith Council, outside Batley Town Hall https://twitter.com/NKInterFaith/status/1121472964099231746

Southampton Council of Faiths vigil at the Peace Fountain https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/17596520.it-is-about-solidarity-communities-coming-together-for-sri-lanka-vigil-in-southampton/

Saturday 27 April

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and others -  London https://ctbi.org.uk/prayer-vigil-and-peace-walk-for-sri-lanka/

Faiths Forum for London with LB Newham https://www.facebook.com/FaithsForum/  Posts of 27 April and https://twitter.com/LondonFaiths/status/1122104157329084418

Watford Inter Faith Association vigil in the Cassiobury Peace Gardens https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/17594609.vigil-to-be-held-for-christians-killed-in-sri-lanka-terror-attack/

Monday 29 April

In Newcastle, the board of Bahr Academy, in partnership with the Peace & Unity Initiative, Newcastle Council of Faiths and Newcastle Unites is inviting people to to stand in solidarity with all Christians, after the attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Day.The event is at Bahr Academy, Benwell Towers at 7.00pm. Further info: Lesley Hillary l.hillary@newcastle.anglican.org

Wednesday 1 May

The St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace will be holding a Eucharist service - https://stethelburgas.org/event/fellowship-may-2019/?mc_cid=da2c567227&mc_eid=91aaa813ea

Interfaith Wolverhampton has organised a Memorial Day on Wednesday 1st May at 11.30am in front of the Civic Centre in Wolverhampton.

 

A number of other member bodies, such as Solihull Faiths Forum, have sent letters or messages of sympathy and condolence.