In a necessary break with tradition, this year's Peace Service was held by Zoom instead of being in the Civic Hall. Nevertheless, all the usual features of the service were included: an address from the Lord Mayor, candles lit on behalf of nine faith traditions, readings, prayers and music, and the service was reckoned to be one of the best we have done. The candles were all together at the Brahma Kumaris Centre.
Cllr Taylor,the Lord Mayor, and her consort Mr Taylor, were appearing for the second time, a mayoral election having been deferred because of the pandemic. For Wania Ahmed, the Children's Mayor, it was also a second showing. Her term of office was ending a couple of days later. The Lord Mayor spoke of Leeds as a proud, diverse, multicultural city where all are welcome no matter what their ethnicity, age, gender, faith or sexual orientation is.
Sue Owen spoke about the ongoing work she is doing with schools based on the World Peace Flame.
The Leeds Street Team gave a very hope-filled video presentation reflecting on the impact of Covid on their lives. Music was provided by a talented family of Sikh musicians.
The readings from the faith traditions were a very interesting and varied selection of thought-provoking material.
For the full text of the service, with the names of all the participants click here
For an audio recording with text displayed, click here
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