Following yesterday's horrific attack in London, faith and interfaith groups in Greater Manchester have agreed the following statement.

Our first thoughts today, following the horrific incident in Westminster yesterday, are with those who were attacked, injured and murdered and their families. Such heinous acts have no part in our society and we join all right thinking people in standing together and condemning them.

As faith and interfaith groups in Manchester, we reaffirm our commitment to working together to increase understanding and respect between all people.

Murder and hate have no place in any faith and every one of our faith representatives and religious leaders join in condemning this act of terror. We would also like to praise all those members of the public, the emergency services and the members of parliament and parliamentary staff who responded so well and with true public spirit to care for those affected and caught up in the incident.

We will continue to work and pray for a society of peace, understanding and harmony, where diversity and difference are not only tolerated but celebrated, bringing all people together in a democratic world of freedom, love and justice.

Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Church of England
Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Church of England
Revd Dr Andrew Lunn, Manchester and Stockport District Methodist Church
Revd Tim Presswood, North Western Baptist Association
Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft, Bishop of Bolton, Church of England
Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, Roman Catholic Church
Archbishop Dr Doyé Teido Agama, Apostolic Pastoral Congress
Rabbi Dr Reuven Silverman, Manchester Reform Synagogue
Revd Andrew Mills, Moderator North West Synod, United Reformed Church
Revd Canon Steve Williams, Council of Christians & Jews Manchester
Jonny Wineberg, Greater Manchester Interfaith Network
Qaisra Shahraz, Grange Williams, Rabbi Warren Elf, Faith Network for Manchester
Carolyn Jones, Altrincham Inter-faith Group
Louis Rapaport and Dr Girdhari Bhan, Hindu-Jewish Association of Greater Manchester
Sharon Bannister BEM, Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region
Zahid Hussain, Eco-Mosque Trustee
Jagtar Singh Ajimal, Sikh Community
Iftikhar Awan, Altrincham Muslim Association
Sonal Mehta, Trustee, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur UK
Councillor Aftab Ahmed, Shi’a Muslim Community
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Hassan Hassan, Manchester Council of Mosques
Arthavadin, Manchester Buddhist Centre
Councillor Nilofar Siddiqi, Sufi Muslim
Dr Ranjit Singh Sumra, Sikh Community
Catherine Eckersley, Bahai Faith - Stockport
Mr A.K. Sinha and Dr Saraswati Sinha, Hindu Community

Welcome to FN4M

Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) is Manchester's interfaith and multifaith network for the city. Our aims are to bring together people of different faiths across the city to speak to issues of regeneration, act as a means of communication between faith groups, be a resource to address issues of common concern, and represent the voice of faith in the life of the city, especially to public bodies. Since 2004 FN4M has developed into an able and committed body that delivers effective tools for engagement through conferences, dialogues, meetings, projects, newsletters, website and social media.

We are always looking for new participants and volunteers. If you would like more information please contact us.

FAITH NETWORK FOR MANCHESTER is a charity registered in England and Wales no: 1144161
Registered address: Manchester Multifaith Centre, Ada House, 77 Thompson Street, Manchester, M4 5FY