All are welcome at a Joint Multi-Faith Service at the Unitarian Chapel in Padiham, Lancashire, on Sunday 24th September, at 10.30 am.
Entitled ... 'Sacred Songs of Hope' ... it will include Sufi Qawwali singers from West Yorkshire (devotional songs in the Sufi Islamic tradition, in Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic and English), an Interfaith women's choir from Manchester (with Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Sikh songs), prayers, and readings from Sacred Scripture (the Bible and Qur'an), with a shared meal in church halls downstairs to follow from 12.30. This service will be filmed for publicity purposes for the Internet by a Unitarian and an Inter-faith group -- it will not be live filming, and you can ask not to be included in the film.
Around 100 people attended a joint Christian-Muslim service of worship on Sunday 23rd October at Padiham Unitarian Chapel. Entitled 'Uniting for Peace', it included readings from scripture, prayers for peace, hymn singing and Sufi mystical chanting (in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and English). Many attenders praised the 'joyful spirit' that prevailed.
Padiham Unitarian Chapel has become the first church in the Padiham-Burnley-Pendle area to gain approval to hold same-sex weddings.