Hackney residents will join faith and community leaders virtually for the borough’s inaugural Day of Prayer this Sunday (May 3), which will be broadcast live on YouTube. 

The virtual prayer session will see members of various beliefs come together in support and solidarity for our communities, including leaders of Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths, as well as a reverend from the New Unity non-religious church. It has been organised by Hackney’s Faith Forum, which regularly brings together faith leaders and community groups to work collaboratively on initiatives of common interest, such as reducing food poverty and homelessness, better coordinating social action and increasing community cohesion. 

Hackney’s Faith Forum Chair and No Place for Hate Champion, Cllr Sade Etti, will welcome everyone to the session, and Deputy Mayor Cllr Anntoinette Bramble will deliver the closing speech. The Speaker of Hackney Cllr Kam Adams will also be joining in.

Prayers will be delivered by Imam Zakariya Saed of the North London Muslim Community; Rabbi Gluck OBE, Chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum and President of Shomrim Stamford Hill, Reverend Andrew Letby of the Methodist Church in Hackney and Stoke Newington; Reverend Rosemia Brown of St James The Great Clapton Church; Cllr Ian Rathbone, Group Conveyner of Hackney Ecumenical Borough Deans; and Athiest Unitarian Minister, Reverand Dr. Andrew Pakula. 

Residents can join the broadcast via Youtube on 3 May (3-4pm): https://youtu.be/nrG2miI35Go

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