Community and multi-faith leaders will be gathering at a Liverpool Hindu Temple this Saturday in an act of love and solidarity for the Merseyside community.
The theme of the event is ‘Love Against Hate’ and will take place between 11am and 2pm at the Hindu Cultural Organisation, Radha Krishna Temple, 253 Edge Lane, Liverpool, L7 2PH. Indian food will also be provided for guests at the event and members of the Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace, an educational peace charity based at the Peace Centre in Warrington, will also be in attendance.
Multi-faith organisation Merseyside Council of Faiths are also supporting the event. In a statement they said: "The Council of Faiths was established nearly 20 years ago to bring together representatives of all the faiths in the region. We work together in dialogue to speak with one voice wherever we hold common ground. Since the attack in Manchester it has become more important to show that all faiths work together. It is not religion which divides society but only hate."
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, said: “The Liverpool family is one which embraces people from across all faiths and I have always felt welcomed by any community I engage with. No matter how we express our faith we share a common desire to build a better society and make a bigger difference to the communities we serve. This event expresses that shared value and I hope people from all communities come and experience a wide range of cultures.”
As well as community and multi-faith leaders, the event will also be attended by Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and local councillors.
Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “I am proud to be representing the force at ‘Love Against Hate’ this weekend. This is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the cohesive communities of Merseyside. By embracing different cultures and experiences, we are able to enrich our lives, both individually and as a society.
“I hope that people of all faiths and beliefs will come along and enjoy the day, not to mention the delicious food which will be on offer.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am delighted to be joining this event in solidarity with all the diverse and vibrant communities of Merseyside to send a message of unity and camaraderie.
“By standing together in this way, we are showing that we will not be broken or divided, that our community will not be split or torn. We are stronger together. We celebrate our diversity while cherishing all that we have in common.
“The atrocity that took place in Manchester revealed the very worst of humanity, but the response to what took place has shown the absolute best of our society – people from all walks of life coming together in love and harmony. 'Love against Hate' will show the very best of Merseyside and I hope that people from across the region will come to the temple to stand with us.”
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added: “I am pleased to be supporting this event that is an expression of the core human values that unite our community and that can never be broken by those who seek to sow seeds of disunity and division.”