Faiths join forces to spread their message with single
MESSAGES of cooperation and tolerance were promoted as members of the Armed Forces One Voice Initiative celebrated the release of their new multi-faith music single.
A special event was held at the Anoopam Mission Temple in Denham for the release of ‘ Una Voce – A Path to Peace’.
In August, servicemen and women from the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Humanist faiths came together to record the song.
The One Voice Initiative was commended by guest speakers including Sahebji, Guru of The International Anoopam Mission, who Skyped from India to congratulate those involved in the project.
The Lord Popat praised the initiative and stressed the importance of faith integration in British society.
And, in what organisers called a powerful and emotional speech, the One Voice Ambassador and London 7/7 bombings survivor Thelma Stober talked about her experience and personal faith and pledged to support the project.
A short clip of the One Voice documentary United By Faith was shown by producer Chris Mann – ex BBC Songs of Praise producer.
Following the release of the single at noon, all hard copies sold out within 10 minutes.
England’s Economic Heartland (EEH), a partnership between Bucks, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, will grow with the addition of Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Bedford and Central Bedfordshire.
EEH aims to boost prosperity through coordinating investment in infrastructure and service delivery.
It has already set out its transport proposition to government to demonstrate how working together on transport and infrastructure projects could bring accelerated economic growth.
One year ago, the formation of the partnership was celebrated on the winner’s podium at Silverstone racetrack and founding partners returned this year to welcome the new counties.
Its strategic transport forum, which will also include representatives from four local enterprise partnerships, will meet for the first time on February 12 to provide to develop and deliver a transport strategy for the area.
of Buckinghamshire County Council said: “No authority is an island in transport terms. The reality is that travel requirements go way beyond any individual council boundaries so joining up allows us to think bigger and plan big to deliver the transport solutions that are needed in the future.
“Being part of an expanded organisation, which now not only includes Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire but also Milton Keynes and Central Bedfordshire, is an exciting development.
“It should ensure that the transport needs of our residents and businesses from Marlow in the south to Buckingham in the north can benefit from the planning of new transport and infrastructure.”
Creating an efficient transport network is seen as the cornerstone of boosting economic growth in the EEH area. The economy is worth £87bn but has the potential to grow another 20 per cent.
Already home to more than 173,000 businesses, investment in EEH is said to generate a 40% higher return than anywhere else outside of London.
Continued investment in England’s Economic Heartland is needed to help close the productivity gap with the UK’s global competitors and to ensure the area remains economically competitive.
A ‘selfie’ taken by One Voice Group members at the Anoopam Mission Temple