The Church of All Nations will today unveil a banner that reads ‘We walk together with our Muslim neighbours’ as a gesture of its commitment to community harmony and religious tolerance.
The banner will be prominently displayed on the historic bluestone church in Carlton following a multi-faith and inter-cultural community meal hosted by local African women.
Rev Dr John Evans said, on behalf of the church, that “we know that this year our Muslim neighbours on the Carlton housing estate have felt anxious and fearful – some have even reported being verbally abused.
“The rise of religious extremism overseas and the measures that Australia has taken against such terrorism has given way to some very misdirected hostility towards the Muslim community here in Australia.
“Many are refugees from Somalia and the Horn of Africa and often ask, ‘are we really welcome here?’”
Dr Evans said the banner was a reflection of the broader local community and encouraged others to speak up in support of the Muslim community.
“Our banner is not just an aspirational statement,” he said.
“We already have a range of programs in which we walk together with our Muslim neighbours: an afterschool family learning program, a cooking program for African women, a day respite program for senior African women and even tennis coaching for children at the local tennis courts.
“We want to tell our community, and particularly our Muslim neighbours, we are committed to a harmonious and diverse Carlton in which there is interreligious tolerance and respect,” Dr Evans said.
“It is just a small sign for our hope and vision of this community.”
Contact: Rev Dr John A Evans on 9347 7077 or 0407778509
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