Fr Laurence retires

Friends of the London Inter Faith Centre gathered on Wednesday, 27th March to bid farewell to Fr  Laurence. His significant contribution to the work of the centre over many years was acknowledged by the Rev’d Michael Redman, Sr Aliya Azam of the al Khoei Foundation , the Rev’d Andrew, the Area Dean of Brent, Babar Mirza, the Headteacher of Islamia Primary School and the Rev’d Dr John Parry. the Co-Director of LIFC.

Fr Laurence has made a valued contribution in work with local schools of a variety of faith communities through story-telling days for younger children and day conferences for older children in which they have explored themes together. Such meetings in previous years are known to have been the catalyst for some to be engaged in interfaith activity in later life.  He also devised and delivered a range of short courses and taught on the certificate course.  In recent months he has been engaged with colleagues in writing a series of essays in an attempt to enable Christians to speak of their faith to friends of other faith communities. (These are to be found elsewhere on this web-site.)

He received a number of gifts reflecting the appreciation of his work at LIFC, but perhaps the most memorable and moving was the presence of a choir from Islamia School who sang some very appropriate songs for him – their diction was wonderful. It was a fine tribute.

Laurences’s work has been characterised by his unassuming but deeply thoughtful nature.  He was never reluctant to challenge but, conversely, was affirming of others and encouraged exploration of matters of faith.  We wish him, and his wife, Deirdre, well in retirement and give thanks to God for his ministry