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An Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Ukraine at Derby Cathedral

On Sunday 3rd April, faith representatives from across Derby and Derbyshire came together to pray, give blessings and show solidarity for the people of Ukraine. Organised by the City's Faith Steering Group and The Multi Faith Centre, the vigil was attended by over 100 people and was a poignant and moving service in support of all affected by the current crisis.

With representation from Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Christian Jewish and Quaker faiths, as well as members of the Derby Ukrainian Association, readings and prayers were held; attendees were also invited to light a candle and sign the book of solidarity. Musicians from the Derby Ukrainian Association then performed their National Anthem, which was a fitting tribute to mark the event.

Faith speakers included:

  • The Right Reverend Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby
  • Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby Cathedral
  • Iryna Dobrowolskyj, Chair of the Ukrainian Community Association, Derby Branch
  • Very Reverend Father David Senyk, Parish Priest of Saint Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Derby.
  • Dr Hardial Singh Dhillon, The Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, Derby
  • Mr Shain Bali, Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan, Derby
  • Eve Sacker - Interfaith Representative, Nottingham Liberal Synagogue
  • The Right Reverend Patrick Joseph McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham
  • Melvin Harris and Alan Barker, Quaker Religious Society of Friends, Nottingham and Derbyshire

Also present were Colonel John S Wilson OBE DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, and Councillor Alan Grimadell, Deputy Mayor of Derby.

Thank you to all that attended and were involved.

For those that wish to donate to the Ukraine Emergency Appeal, please click on the following link:

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