Visit to Irish Methodists – Agape Centre

On 26th February Imam of Belfast Islamic Centre, Sheikh Anwar Mady along with some other members of BIC met with Rev David Campton and Rev Emily Hyland of the Agape Centre and Methodist Church of Ireland.

We heard about the history of Methodism in Ireland and in particular the history of the congregation who were involved in building  Aldersgate house which we have recently bought & will be renovating for our new Islamic Centre. As well as discussion of the meaning behind their beautiful stained glass windows.

We were made very welcome. Rev David Compton spoke of the importance of going outside our own communities to build bridges and friendships between faith communities. in breaking down stereotypes and to build strong societies.
As part of an MCB initative ahead of Visit My Mosque, Muslim faith leaders from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland took part in an act of interfaith solidarity by visiting Churches, Synagogues, Mandirs and Gurdwaras on the same day.

At a time when the country is polarised by Brexit and hate crime is on the rise, the symbolic action aims to emphasise the importance of communities of all faiths and none in coming together and putting aside differences for the common good.

Leaders from the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Council of Wales, Muslim Council of Scotland and Belfast Islamic Centre made the visits to Churches, Synagogues, Mandirs and Gurdwaras to share common experiences with their Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh neighbours.


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