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First ever virtual Faith and Belief Festival to celebrate cultural diversity of the Borough of Southend-on-Sea

May 21, 2021 2:12 PM
In www.southend.gov.uk
Originally published by Southend Liberal Democrats - Working For You

Reverend paul mackay from st mary s prittlewellSouthend-on-Sea Borough Council's Faith and Belief Network, SAVS and Southend Museums are organising the first ever virtual Faith and Belief Festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Borough.

Co-produced in collaboration with a diverse range of communities, the Faith and Belief Festival runs from Monday 17 May with an online exhibition and welcomes those who want to showcase their faith or belief and encourages us all as a community to get to know each other a little bit better.

With the festival launching on the same day the country enters Step 3 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, the festival is also asking contributors to share their experiences of previous national lockdowns and how their faith and belief has helped them.

The coronavirus pandemic saw our connections with the people and support systems we usually rely on become fractured by lockdowns and social distancing. Coronavirus restrictions have forced places of worship to stop or limit services, with many moving to online worship. Weddings and funerals have been curtailed.