As the news comes in of the murder of a priest in Normandy I want to join with many others in both condemning this barbarity alongside recent horrendous events in Nice and Germany.
I am daily thankful for the peaceful co-existence and friendship between faith leaders and communities in wider Sandwell and here in Smethwick. The simple act of eating together has brought together leaders of different faiths in an act of common humanity. In this way over the last eight months people who did not know each other have discovered friendship, stories of faith and humanity and common bonds played out in what it is to be neighbour to one another.
We pray for the people of France as we pray for one another here in Smethwick and Sandwell.