Stoke on Trent College hosted a Unity Prayers event in the boardroom at our Cauldon Campus on Tuesday 15th November.
Residents of the area, community leaders and students took part in the event aimed at bring all faiths together. The prayers highlighted the multi-faith work in the community and the counter terrorism work following atrocities around the world.
Lynn Tindale, Head of Learner Support at Stoke on Trent College and a member of the prevent team said: “Stoke on Trent are really pleased to be hosting this event as we pride ourselves in being an truly inclusive College where individuals from all faiths and of none can study in a safe and secure environment. We are at the heart of our city community and value the diversity which our unique location brings, serving and meeting the needs of all of our learners”.
The afternoon also highlighted the thoughts of Labour MP Jo Cox in her maiden speech to Parliament, when she said:
“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”.
PC Victoria Barker of Staffordshire police’s Prevent team said: “When Father Jacques Hamel was tragically murdered inside his Catholic Church in Saint-Etienne, the community response there was not one of blame and segregation and culture/faith tension, it was quite the opposite, and it was a calling for tolerance and peace. This gathering is a strong show that we can all live, work and play alongside each other and learn positives from differences, broadening our views and sends a strong message to those who want to cause damage and destruction by means of segregation that they are weak and that cohesion will stand up tall”
Members of the public and students attended for nibbles from 4pm with the service starting at 4.30pm.
The event, led by Rev Sally Smith and the City Central Mosque was open to all religious denominations. Guest speakers included Angela Glendenning, who has been involved in race relations since the early 1990’s.
Tulip’s were planted to symbolise new faith – another event will be held in the Spring to symbolise growth!