PROMOTING HARMONY: Sisters Jadzia (left) and Brittania Clifford-Pugh perform John Lennon’s song Imagine.
PROMOTING HARMONY: Sisters Jadzia (left) and Brittania Clifford-Pugh perform John Lennon’s song Imagine. Kevin Farmer

City makes stand for peace after Sydney siege

THE face of modern day Toowoomba with its diverse multicultural mix was evident at St Luke's Anglican Church on Saturday with the second of three Community Prayer for Peace forums.

Representatives of the city's range of faiths came together in prayer and healing in response to the Sydney siege tragedy.

While the Sydney siege prompted the forum, other violent events around the world such as the Pakistan student massacre were also in the forefront of attendees minds.

"This (gathering) is a renewal and recommitment to peace and harmony between us," Rev Dr Jonathan Inkpin of St Luke's said.

Reverend Dr Jonathan Inkpin addresses the gathering at the Community Prayer for Peace service at St Luke’s Anglican Church on Saturday.
Reverend Dr Jonathan Inkpin addresses the gathering at the Community Prayer for Peace service at St Luke’s Anglican Church on Saturday.

Other speakers included Rev Sharon Kirk of the Uniting Church, Syed Ghazali of the Islamic Interfaith Multicultural Committee, Catholic Bishop Robert McGuckin, Sr Deirdre of the Muslim community and Anglican Bishop Cameron Venables.

In a released written statement, Bishop McGuckin expressed sympathy and prayers for those affected by the siege.

"We pray for those who tragically lost their lives and for those who were held hostage during this ordeal," he said.

"We unite in prayer in support of all who are grieving and pray that they will find healing and peace."

Syed Ghazali of the Islamic Interfaith Multicultural Committee.
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