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Religious groups join forces to celebrate unity

Shoots of recovery: Wes Spiewak, the Catholic Bishop of Hamilton (front) Rena Lalgie, the Governor, NIcholas Dill, the Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, Fiona Elkinson, the president of the Jewish Community of Bermuda, and Emir Saleem Talbot from the Bermuda Islamic Cultural Centre, plant a tree to mark an international day to encourage fraternity (Photograph by Gareth Finighan)

Religious leaders have united to mark the International Day of Human Fraternity.

Representatives from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths teamed up with Rena Lalgie, the Governor, in the grounds of Government House to water a “Tree of Peace”.

The olive wood tree sapling was planted two years ago by the Bermuda Committee for Human Fraternity, which was established in 2019.

A spokesman for the committee said it had met “on an intermittent basis to establish organic preconditions for sustained collaboration and measurable impact”.

The committee announced its support for the X-Roads Peace Games in July at last Friday’s ceremony.

The event will be produced by island company Sahabaco.

The spokesman said: “The X-Roads Peace Games have historically focused on the highly successful UT7 football series, which has been held since 2015, targeting college age and youth players.”

He added that the series would be expanded to include walking football to include older players from the business community – an idea first proposed by John Rankin, a former Governor.

The spokesman said: “The goal is to bring younger and older football fans together, using walking football as a level playing field that is both safe and fun.”

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Published February 08, 2022 at 7:45 am (Updated February 08, 2022 at 7:42 am)

Religious groups join forces to celebrate unity

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