Once in a while, on the second Saturday each month, we meet for lunch and a chat. They call it "Chat Café". Usually it's very informal.
Today Saturday 11th November, the format was more structured, with some interesting displays about different faiths and prayers for peace. It is good and right that we should pray for peace on Armistice Day.
It's lovely to sit in a room with friends who are Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen Buddhist. This earth is home to us all, so to be friends makes sense. And this very real friendship between different faiths and different nationalities is exactly where Peace begins.
It was a privilege to be there, and to be one of the speakers. Next time the atmosphere will be far less formal, but the friendship and food are always good.
You are warmly invited to come have lunch with us next time. Here are the details:
St Faith's Church Hall
Rev. A M Gandō Seiko Garrod
Sōtō Zen Buddhist Priest Chaplain, University of Lincoln
Member of Lincolnshire Faith Council
Member of The Centre for Reconciliation