September 29th, 2016

Bromsgrove to host memorial service for lives lost in Srebrenica

Bromsgrove to host memorial service for lives lost in Srebrenica Bromsgrove to host memorial service for lives lost in Srebrenica
Representatives at last year's multi-faith service at St John's Church following the Paris attacks
Updated: 2:34 pm, Aug 25, 2016

A POIGNANT memorial service to remember those who lost their lives in Srebrenica will be held at Bromsgrove’s St John’s Church next Sunday (September 4).

The Bromsgrove Muslim and Christian communities will unite against hatred and intolerance during the commemoration which starts at 12.30pm.

It follows on from last year when Bromsgrove became one of the first in the UK to hold a multi-faith service to bring people together after the horrific attacks in Paris. Since then, there has been continued acts of terrorism, a rise in hate crimes against Muslims and in Islamophobia.

The focus for next Sunday’s service will be to honour victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide who were killed for no other reason than for being Muslims.

The genocide is a stark reminder of the damage hatred and intolerance can do to communities.

Rev Ray Khan, Team Vicar in Bromsgrove, said: “The event last year drew together people of all faiths and none and those who attended were deeply moved by the service.

“We have a rich tapestry of remembering in Bromsgrove and this year’s service will recall those whose lives were offered and taken in warfare and during the Holocaust.

“It is important that we stand together, in our differences and say no to all forms of hatred and intolerance.”

Everyone is welcome – whether they have a faith or no faith – to the service which draws on both the Islamic and Christian traditions.

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