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Unapologetically Faithful event celebrates shared commitment to social change

Cantor Zöe Jacobs (pictured) helped to lead London’s Unapologetically Faithful event for social justice, where more than 100 leaders from faith communities across the capital gathered in a powerful demonstration of unity and a shared commitment to social change.

The event saw members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities sing, build relationships and share stories of how their faith tradition remains the bedrock of their motivation to make change on the issues that matter. It was organised by London Citizens, a chapter of Citizens UK.

Alongside Finchley Reform Synagogue – where Cantor Zöe was just appointed to lead the clergy team – participating communities included St Martins in the Field Anglican Church, Iqra Primary School, The American International Church, Westminster Synagogue and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, which hosted the event.

Cantor Zöe was a member of the organising group and also part of a small team – alongside a Muslim and Christian leader – who created a moment of collective prayer at the event.

She said: “What a gift it is to stand besides our neighbours of faith in London and act on our shared prophetic tradition to create the world as it should be. Our ancient prophets saw humanity even in the most difficult situations, and so we, too, build together to make change where it is most needed in London.

“For over 10 years we have worked together with London Citizens, and never has there been a more important time for our religious leaders to stand together and declare that we refuse to be enemies. We use the power of organising to bring about a just and safe community in London for all its inhabitants.”

The purpose of the event was to prepare people from faith communities to participate in politics for the common good to build a better, fairer society at the London Citizens Mayoral Accountability Assembly – which took place later that evening at Methodist Central Hall.

Revd Dr Simon Woodman, from Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, said: “Our city has many injustices, and people of faith in London must take action together to build hope: for refugees, those facing poverty, and those struggling to find decent housing.”

Humaira Saleem, Headteacher at Iqra Primary School added: “As a Muslim, I am honoured to stand alongside fellow people of faith as a part of London Citizens. In our collective journey towards justice, we recognise the profound significance of our faith traditions.”

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