Standing together against attacks
The church leaders have come together to rally against hate crime following a wave of recent attacks against immigrants and minority groups across England. Chaired by Reverend Dr Jeremy Brooks, rector of Beaconsfield team ministry, the group have lauded the diversity of England in a statement that slams those responsible for the attacks.
Many places across the country have seen a rise in incidents of hate crime and racism, with the national press reporting that such attacks have risen by more than half, which some have blamed on the Brexit vote.
The statement reads in full: “We the leaders of all the churches in Beaconsfield are united in praying for the future of our nation following the results in last week’s referendum.
“Whilst people in our congregations will have voted in opposing ways, we are all united in seeking the welfare of all, seeking peace and reconciliation.
“The United Kingdom has always been an open and diverse nation where those from other lands are welcomed.
“We particularly deplore the wave of hatred that has been expressed in the days since the results were known against those from Eastern Europe.
“We believe that there is no place for hatred of any form and such racist attacks have no place in our land.
“The leaders of all major denominations in this country have asked that we join in the common task of building bridges, not barriers.
“This is our prayer across the churches that we unite in that task with all people of good faith.
“The months and years ahead could be very difficult for many people in this country as a result of Thursday’s vote.
“We shall continue to pray for the good of our country and the countries of Europe, and work to ensure that end.”