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Love of Faith
A Landmark Charity Walk
by the Jain Community of UK
On Saturday 30th June 2012, the Jain Community will be conducting a special charity walk through central London encompassing visits to Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Islamic places of worship, culminating at Westminster Abbey. The LOVE OF FAITH walk will commence with prayers offered at a Jain temple.

This initiative has been undertaken by the Jain organisation - Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (UK), and its founder, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, shall be leading the Walk. The visits to various places of worship shall help to highlight the Jain community’s universal love and its commitment of developing good inter-faith relations.

With over 400 enthusiastic people walking together to celebrate the unity of the world’s six great faiths, LOVE OF FAITH walk promises to be the largest event to form a part of the UK Jain community’s offering to ‘A Year of Service’ to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

Funds raised by the walkers and corporate contributions will support underprivileged children’s health and welfare projects in the developing countries. This reflects the Jain commitment of service to help those in need.

Don’t miss the golden opportunity to be a part of this landmark event.

Please Note: Due to restrictions on maximum number of participants in the Walk, registration is required to participate in it.
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Programme & Route


The entire walk is 6.75 km long and the estimated time is 4 hours and 30 minutes at a normal walking pace, with a 15-minute halt at every worship place.

General Instructions:

  • You are required to reach the Liberal Jewish Synagogue at 28 St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 7HA by 8:00 a.m. to register your attendance on Saturday 30th June, 2012.
  • Please reach early as everyone needs to be registered and seated in the Synagogue by 9:00 a.m. before the event begins.
  • Groups of 40 people each will be formed as you enter the Synagogue with each person being given a colour-coded wristband. Each group will have a Group Leader. You are then expected to be with your group for the rest of the walk.
  • The walk will end at about 1:30 p.m. at Westminster Abbey. A picnic or packed lunch will be provided thereafter.
  • All registered participants are requested to wear the LOVE OF FAITH T-shirt during the walk. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. If there is possibility of rain, please carry the required essentials. You may bring a small backpack to store your water bottle etc.

Although the Walk officially begins at 9:00 a.m. from the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, everyone is requested and encouraged to begin the grand event with devotional prayers at a Jain Temple nearest to you, prior to the Walk. Arrangements have been made at the following three Jain temples to perform short prayers (Samuhik Chaityavandan).

Schedule
Time Event
6:30 a.m. Morning Prayers at
  • Derasar at Kenton, 557 Kenton Road HA3 9RS OR
  • Jain Centre, 64-68 Colindale Avenue NW9 5DR OR
  • Oshwal Centre, Coopers Lane Road, Potters Bar EN6 4DG
8:00 a.m. Registration Desk opens.
9:00 a.m. Love of Faith Walk begins
1:30 p.m. Love of Faith Walk ends
Please keep at least 1 hour for travelling from Kenton/Colindale to the Starting Point of the Walk i.e. Liberal Jewish Synagogue.

The Route
Place Time
Liberal Jewish Synagogue
28 St Johns Wood Rd NW8 7HA
9:00 a.m.
London Central Mosque
146 Park Rd, Regents Park NW8 7RG
10:00 a.m.
London Fo Guang Temple
84 Margaret St W1W 8TD
11:00 a.m.
Radha-Krishna Temple
10 Soho St W1D 3DL
11:30 a.m.
Trafalgar Square
WC2N 5DN
12:15 p.m.
Westminster Abbey
Deans Yard SW1P 3PA
1:00 p.m.
Packed / Picnic Lunch


The Walking Route:

Love-Of-Faith-Route


Dress Code and Etiquette:
  • All registered participants are requested to wear the LOVE OF FAITH T-shirt during the walk. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. If there is possibility of rain, please carry the required essentials. You may bring a small backpack to store your water bottle etc.
  • To respect of the code of conduct at the different worship places, everyone is requested to dress modestly. Men must wear long pants (i.e. no shorts) and women must wear long pants or a long dress going below the knee. Tops and shirts must have sleeves (i.e. nothing sleeveless).
  • When entering the mosque, women are required to cover their heads with a scarf, so please bring one along. At some places, you will be required to take off your footwear also.
  • If you are wearing a cap, please take it off before entering the place of worship and remember not to leave it behind.
  • You are requested to enter and exit each place of worship respectfully and quietly. Please avoid disturbing other worshippers. Silence must be maintained in the Prayer Halls and one must refrain from speaking loudly. Also please keep your mobile phones on silent mode inside the Prayer Halls.
  • Some of the places are large enough to accommodate all participants. But a couple of places can accommodate maximum 70-80 people only. Hence you may need to wait patiently at some places. Your Group Leader will manage the flow of people at these places. Please be patient and co-operate with your Group Leader to ensure that the event runs smoothly.
  • You must remain in your allocated Group for the entire Walk. Please co-operate fully with your Group Leader to ensure a smooth Walk.

Kenton Derasar

557 Kenton Road HA3 9RS

The recently re-furbished Jain Derasar (temple) at Kenton was opened to the public on 9th April 2012. The beautiful white marble interior and the inspiring idols of five great Tirthankars provide a haven of peace and solitude from worldly life. The Derasar is widely used by the large local Jain community.

Jain Centre London

64-68 Colindale Avenue NW9 5DR

The Jain Centre in Colindale (London) provides a temple of worship and offers space for Jain community activities. It has a beautifully carved wooden temple with idols of Lord Parshwanath and Shri Munisuvratswami. It also serves as a centre for academic, philanthropic and multi-faith activities for improving the quality of life of the local community.

Oshwal Centre

Coopers Lane Road, Potters Bar EN6 4DG

This was the first traditional Jain Temple to be built in Europe and was consecrated in 2005. It has magnificent idols of Lord Mahavira, Lord Parshwanath and Lord Rushabhdeva.

Jainism

Jainism
One of the oldest religions of the world, Jainism has been in existence since time immemorial. It is a living faith, a dynamic religion which exemplifies the highest and noblest values, moral upliftment and spiritual elevation.

A Jain is a follower of Jinas (conquerors). Jinas are spiritually advanced human beings who became fully liberated from the bondages of karma by conquering attachments and aversions. Those amongst them who preach it for the Jain community are called Tirthankara. They act as role-models and leaders for those seeking spiritual guidance.

Three of its fundamental tenets include:
  • Ahimsa - the practice of non-violence towards all living beings.
  • Anekantvada - the principle of non-absolutism - highlights the notion that truth and reality are perceived differently from diverse points of view.
  • Aparigraha - the practice of non-possessiveness develops the quality of detachment from worldly possessions.

Liberal Jewish Synagogue

28 St Johns Wood Rd NW8 7HA

The Liberal Jewish movement was founded in 1902 by Jews committed to ensuring the continuity of Jewish faith, tradition, practice and ethics within a contemporary framework. It reveres Jewish tradition and shares common ground with Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, yet has a distinctive approach and embraces a very progressive outlook.
This Synagogue offers equal status of men and women in synagogue life, marriage law and ritual. Emphasising sincerity in worship, they accept usage of English as well as Hebrew in their services. Though committed to Judaism, they respect the need to dialogue with other religions, especially Christianity and Islam with a view to promoting mutual understanding, friendship and enrichment.

This imposing building with six iconic columns has been the home of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue since 1925. In 1991 it was rebuilt and the new building encompasses a stunning octagonal sanctuary, walls lined with Jerusalem stone and a large community centre. The blend of traditional architecture and contemporary interiors of this Synagogue is a striking reflection of their deep respect for tradition combined with an open, liberal and tolerant outlook.

Judaism

Judaism
Judaism is the original of the three Abrahamic faiths, which also includes Christianity and Islam. Judaism originated in the Middle East over 3500 years ago. Founded by Moses, Jews believe that there is only one God with whom they have a covenant. In exchange for all the good that God has done for the Jewish people, Jewish people follow God’s laws and try to bring holiness into every aspect of their lives.

Their spiritual leaders are called Rabbis. Judaism has a rich history of religious text, but the central and most important religious text is the Torah.

London Central Mosque

146 Park Rd, Regents Park NW8 7RG

The London Central Mosque is easily recognisable by its large golden dome and a 140-foot minaret on the edge of Regent's Park. It provides facilities of daily worship for Muslims, who are obliged to pray five times a day. The main prayer hall is oriented towards Mecca and features lush carpets, a vast dome decorated with mosaics, and a huge central chandelier.
The London Central Mosque and the annexed Islamic Cultural Centre have become the focus of Islam and Muslims in the UK. It includes a library, administrative offices, conference room, bookshop and events hall. It also provides education services for Muslim children.

Islam

Islam
Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers.

Islam began in Arabia in the mid 6th century AD, where it was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad.

Those who follow Islam are called Muslims. Muslims believe that Allah is the one and only God.

They believe that the purpose of existence is to love and serve Allah.

Their spiritual leaders are called Imam and their holy text is the Qur'an.

London Fo Guang Temple

84 Margaret St W1W 8TD

Located in the heart of London, the London Fo Guang Temple is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The temple promotes Humanistic Buddhism propagating religion through cultural activities, fostering talent through education, benefiting society through philanthropic programmes and purifying human minds.
In a spirit of co-operation and friendship, the London Fo Guang temple believes that diversity is a source of strength, vitality and prosperity. They aim to bring cultural harmony amongst communities across the country and strengthen the bonds of friendship among people of different faiths and cultures.

In the Temple, there are idols of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, Amitabha Buddha and Bhaisajyaguru or Medicine Buddha.

Buddhism

Buddhism
Over 2,500 years old, Buddhism arose after Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment, in around the 6th Century BC.
Buddhism believes in the Four Noble Truths -
1) Suffering exists.
2) Suffering is caused by craving.
3) Cessation of suffering is attainable.
4) The path to cessation of suffering is the eightfold path.
There is no belief in a personal God. Buddhism reveres the Tripitaka as their holy text.

Radha - Krishna Temple

10 Soho St W1D 3DL

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is based on the Vaishnav tradition and Vedic culture. The Radha-Krishna Temple on Soho Street has been in existence since 1979. The temple has a daily programme of deity worship takes the form of singing, chanting and offering devotional service to the deities.
The Temple aims to spread Krishna consciousness across the world by joyful chanting of the holy name on the streets of London; distributing books in universities and libraries; free food distribution around London; and educating people in the techniques of spiritual life. The saffron clad monks chanting with their cymbals and the Hare Krishna Rickshaw distributing free vegetarian meals to the homeless has become a common sight on the streets of central London.

Hinduism

Hinduism
Hinduism originated around several thousand years ago. The Hindus believe in one Supreme God, who is manifested into the forms of multitude of deities.

Hindus believe that existence is a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, governed by Karma. They believe that the soul passes through a cycle of successive lives and its next incarnation is dependent on how the previous life was lived.

The main Hindu texts are The Vedas, which is a Sanskrit word meaning 'knowledge'.

Westminster Abbey

Deans Yard SW1P 3PA

Westminster Abbey is a magnificent Gothic monastery church in London that is the traditional place for coronation and burial of English monarchs. Neither a cathedral nor a parish church, Westminster Abbey is a place of worship owned by the royal family.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. Also buried or memorialised here are over 3,000 great men and women from almost every century of these islands’ history: statesmen and politicians, lawyers, warriors, clerics, writers, artists and musicians.

The interior is a veritable museum of English history - a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts.

Standing majestically between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, St. Margaret’s Church is the parish church visited regularly by Members of Parliament.

Christianity

Christianity
Christianity is the world's largest religion. It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who lived during mid 1st century BC. Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, which comprises of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, where God is the Father and Jesus Christ is His Son.

Christians pray in churches, and their sacred text is the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments.