Come to the Edge Launch - Burnley


On a cold, wet night on Tuesday 20 November more than 35 women of all ages and all backgrounds gathered at the Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre for the launch of `The Edge Report`

The evening started with a welcome from Afrasiab Anwar, the Faith Centre Co –ordinator, who shared with the women gathered about other events which were happening over Inter Faith the week.

We were then entertained by children who meet weekly at the Faith Centre to sing Islamic vocal music and poetry. As women we found this very enjoyable, it touched us all deep in our beings. 

Wahida Shaffi, the programme lead and editor of the report, then shared with us in a very informative and easy to follow way the history of the Report and its findings. We were all encouraged to hear of the pioneering work that is happening across the country  and our involvement in it. 

The main speaker Rev Dilly Baker then addressed the women using the three windows from which Julian of Norwich saw the world. This talk was very inspiring, challenging each of us to see through the windows of the world , the church , our lives for ourselves.

We then joined in a song based on Julian of Norwich`s famous saying `All will be well`, this was led by Dilly joined with Janet, who had an event for Inter faith week called Singing for the Soul. This was followed by all the women joining in a circle dance which proved good fun. 

This led into the I wish exercise, which Wahida had brought for us all to do. All the women got a post-it on which they wrote a wish,they then found another person to share their wish with. The buzz and energy in the room was great. 

Thanks were given all round to everyone who had contributed, some women stood up and told of future events that people could get involved in.

A very emotional moment came when one of our number shared with Rev Dilly Baker our sadness and solidarity, at the pain that she must be feeling at the decision of the Church of England not to allow women to become Bishops, which had happened on this very day.    

As a symbol of our friendship and commitment to one another a single rose was given by the women to each other, then we finished by sharing food together.

The evening was a wonderful time of fun, friendship and fellowship, we look forward to plenty more.

Bea Foster
Building Bridges Burnley



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