Clean up at Camden Lock
A recently formed
community group called "Religions Working Together"
was out in force on Sunday 20th June, tackling rubbish
and graffiti at Camden Lock. 12 bags of rubbish were
filled and several areas of unsightly graffiti were
cleaned up or painted.
The group was formed
to bring people of all faiths together to tackle common
problems in society, with a first branch set up in London
but with others planned throughout the country. The
group already has members from many different religions
and all faiths are welcomed to take part. Seven religions
were represented at the clean-up on Sunday, including
Christian (Mount Zion 7th Church of God), Hinduism,
Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Scientology, Sikhism. The group
also includes members of Buddhism, Church of England
and Zoroastrianism - 10 denominations in total.
One of the purposes of the group
is to demonstrate that, while religious conflict is
what usually makes the news, there are millions of people
around the world of different faiths who live and work
Dauod Rosser-Owen, President
of the Association for British Muslims, is one of the
founding members and he said about the group, "In
this time of social dislocation and little moral leadership,
it is up to religious groups to show that people can
work together. As an organisation, we've always felt
uneasy about going to meetings where there is a lot
of talking and no action. There is an old Ottoman saying,
'Less talk, more work.' Most religions share the same
basic aims and the idea of religions working together
is very good, as it turns this saying into a reality."
Professor Dr Natubhai Shah,
Secretary General for the World Council of Jain Academies
and a long-standing pioneer in the field of interfaith
work emphasised the need for action based projects.
"The Jains desire happiness for all and malice
to none. Let us play our part and act to make the world
more beautiful and its people happier in whatever extent
and way we can."
Graeme Wilson of the Church
of Scientology agreed with this, quoting the words of
L. Ron Hubbard, "A being is only as valuable as
he can serve others." He added, "We were really
encouraged by the response of passers-by. Many were
very appreciative of what we were doing and some would
like to take part in future such clean-ups. It looks
like this idea can grow and grow and it help to bring
different communities together."
Anyone wishing to take
part in projects organised by Religions Working Together,
or who would like to form their own branch, should email
Religions Working Together c/o firstname.lastname@example.org