Statement issued by representatives of Derby’s faith communities following the announcement on 8th September 2022 of the death of Queen Elizabeth II:
The death of Queen Elizabeth II brought with it a profound sense of sadness and loss from people around the world and, as members of the city of Derby’s faith communities, we echo that sadness.
Queen Elizabeth’s deeply committed Christian faith was the hallmark of her life and reign – a reign characterised by an unwavering respect and welcome to people of all faiths.
As representatives of Derby’s faith communities, we recognise the loss of a great monarch whose life has been an example to us all.
We extend our heartfelt and sincere condolences to the new King Charles III and the Royal Family at this time of profound loss. We ask that all faith groups in Derby to remember Queen Elizabeth in their congregations and services, as we also remember King Charles and the new responsibilities that are now his.
A Civic Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II took place at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday 14th September. The service was attended by civic and faith representatives from across the county of Derbyshire, the city of Derby as well as members of the general public.
The Right Reverend Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby and Chair of the Multi-Faith Centre.
Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby
Chief Imam Mufti Hafiz Fazal Ahmed Qadri, Jamia Mosque Derby
Bina Vasdev - General Secretary, on behalf of the Trustees of Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan Derby
Cllr Hardyal Singh Dhindsa on behalf of The Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, Derby
Dr Hardial Singh Dhillon, Sikh Trustee and Hon Vice-President of the Multi-Faith Centre.
Ruth Dolby, Jewish Faith Advisor and Trustee of the Multi-Faith Centre
Melvin Harris and Alan Barker, Quaker Religious Society of Friends, Nottingham and Derbyshire
Keith Munnings on behalf of Derbyshire Buddhists
Ali Poostchi on behalf of the Derby Bahá’í community