St Albans Cathedral to Host Multi-Faith Peace-Making Event
On 9th November 2018, 400 pupils from 10 local schools will gather at a peace-making event at St Albans Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The event is designed to inspire the students to take positive action to work for peace, in their own communities and around the world.
The event, held in collaboration with the BBC, the Oasis Charitable Trust, Coventry Cathedral and the Quakers in Britain, is one of a series of INSPIRE peace-making events taking place simultaneously across the United Kingdom. The interactive gathering, designed for and led by young people, will begin with a large multi-faith act of remembrance, followed by poetry, readings about local men who fought in WW1, and singing. The event will include a 2 minute silence, during which poppy leaves will fall from the cathedral ceiling onto those below.
Speaking of hosting a peace-making event, Steve Clarke, Education Officer at St Albans Cathedral said “Peace in our communities isn’t established by chance. It is only when we make a conscious decision to engage with those whose perspectives differ from our own that we can build a harmonious community.” Steve Chalke, founder of the Oasis Charitable Trust echoed this sentiment saying “As we mark the centenary of the end of WW1, it is vital that we inspire and equip young people to strive towards building peaceful and inclusive communities, free from fear, threat, bullying, racism and extremism.”
In addition to the 400 local school children, the event will also be attended by The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John – Dean of St Albans Cathedral, local MP, Anne Main, The Mayor of St Albans, The Bishop of Hertford – Rt Reverend Dr Michael Beasley, and the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss.