Women Unite to Pray for Peace


For Immediate Release

“As I write these words, our St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Suez is under heavy attack.  They are throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the church and have destroyed the car of the priest-in-charge of St. Saviour’s Church.  I am also aware that there are attacks on other Orthodox churches in Menyia and Suhag in Upper Egypt, as well as a Catholic church in Suez.  Some police stations are also under attack in different parts of Egypt.  Please pray and ask others to pray for this inflammable situation in Egypt. “  These are the words of The Most Rev’d Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter, Community Canon at Blackburn Cathedral and Ms. Anjum Anwar, MBE, the cathedral’s Dialogue Development Officer, condemn the attacks and ask that women’s inter faith groups come together to pray and support all those under threat in Egypt, especially the women and children.  Blackburn Cathedral has recently become the Northern hub for the Egypt Diocesan Association, which seeks to support and foster partnerships between the two countries and its people.  The link with Egypt is an extension of the cathedral’s groundbreaking exChange programme, which exists to offer an open space in which to advance dialogue and discussion of public issues, and to foster understanding and respect between diverse communities. exChange works to bring people together to engage in difficult conversations and to foster cohesion by helping people to find and to develop their skills and talents in the community through practical activity and voluntarism.

It is often difficult to know what to do when tragic events occur elsewhere in the world.  However, the inspirational solidarity shown by women’s inter faith groups such as those in Burnley, Leicester and Blackburn give us a model to follow. 

Canon Ledbetter and Ms Anwar echo Bp Mouneer’s plea to: “Please pray that the situation will calm down, for wisdom and tact for the police and the army, for the safety of all churches and congregations, and that all in Egypt would be safe.”

16 August 2013
Rev’d Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter
Community Canon, Blackburn Cathedral
Ms Anjum Anwar
Dialogue Development Officer, Blackburn Cathedral

For further information please contact:
Canon Shannon Ledbetter,
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Blackburn Cathedral, exChange programme:
The exChange programme was born out of the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings and seeks to encompass community cohesion, education, outreach and interfaith work. 


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