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'Stand Together' Call to Faith Communities

Thursday April 2 2020

Scotland’s faith leaders have called on the country’s faith communities to show mutual respect and stand together during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (pictured) has joined senior figures from other Christian denominations, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Bahá’í communities in a joint statement, which also reminds communities to follow government health advice.

The statement reads: "We are living through unprecedented times and our local communities are finding ways of connecting and supporting each other. We are aware that Covid19 is beginning to effect people we know and people are anxious. It is therefore important that we all keep to the government advice, it will help save lives.

“These are also the moments when it is so important that we the faith communities in Scotland stand together. We all seek the wellbeing and peace of our people and we all also pray for the health and unity of our nation.

“We commit ourselves to mutual respect and to seek together those opportunities when we can offer ourselves to the service of the people and institutions of Scotland.

“We are praying for you and with you. May God be with us."

It is signed by:

The Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Most Rev Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh
Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom
Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Senior Rabbi of Scotland, Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew
Rabbi Mark L Solomon, Rabbi of Sukkat Shalom: Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community
Revd Mark Slaney, The Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland
Rev Dr David Pickering, Moderator United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland
Mr Puneet Dwivedi, Vice President- Hindu Forum of Britain & Joint Secretary of Edinburgh Hindu Mandir
Mr Allan Forsyth on behalf of the Bahá’í Community of Scotland.
Dr Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland

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