Space for Peace Jan 27th.

Later in the evening, after the Holocaust service in Havant, we joined several other Civic leaders in Winchester Cathedral for the annual Space for Peace service.

Organised by Proffesor June Boyce-Tillman from the University of Winchester, this was the fifth year that the event has been held.

Unusually, all of the pews had been removed from the Cathedral, leaving a very large space, with different groups and choirs performing in different areas of the Cathedral.

Imam & Rabbi in the Cathedral

Imam & Rabbi in the Cathedral

The short Service was introduced by the Dean of the Cathedral, with three candles being lit, the first by a Muslim Imam, Kasim Sumra, the second by children from St. Bede’s School in Basingstoke and the third by Rabbi Mark Solomon who is the Interfaith consultant for Liberal Judaism.

There were several choirs, both children and adults, and a string septet. Also a group of artists, using matchsticks, created intricate patterns on some of the headstones where the pews would normally be.

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