“A strong Christian community at the core, reaching out in an inclusive and welcoming way to people of other faiths or no faith”
As a church our aim is to ensure, to the best extent possible, that multi-, inter- and non-faith relationships are encouraged and maintained in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and for the benefit of all. This page is dedicated to some of the ways we seek to do this.
THE JOURNEY HAS BEGUN!
A Major Interfaith Pilgrimage Event for 2019
6th May to 3rd August
GIRISH PATEL & FRIENDS
"JOURNEY OF PEACE 2019"
Revd Simon Howell
Pioneer Minister for the Stroud Team with Responsibility for St Laurence Parish Church, and Interfaith Adviser in the Diocese of Gloucester
Simon was born in the West of England, trained as a professional musician (drums/percussion/piano), and taught in schools and as a management trainer, then becoming a church minister in Hong Kong, London and Bristol, before moving to Stroud. He has a Pastoral Theology MA, majoring in interfaith studies. Simon shares the passions and the contemporary concerns of spiritual people in free thinking, creative communities.
Vigils for the Future -
Standing Against All Acts of Violence, Hate and Suffering Everywhere
With its central location and commitment to positive interfaith relations, St Laurence provides a focal point for the people of Stroud to come together when local, national or global events demand a community response - whether it be acting in response to current events, or in remembrance of past events. Our latest Interfaith Vigil was a Vigil for World Peace on 21 September 2017.
Stroud Sacred Music Festival
Centred on St Laurence Parish Church,
Stroud Sacred Music Festival has been running for four years. It is founded on the belief that music is the language of the heart, and can succeed in bringing unity and peace where dialogue often fails. This year's Festival on 6 and 7 July was another great success.
Still Point Interfaith Festival
Twice a year, St Laurence opens its doors, arms and heart to the wider community, in an interfaith celebration called 'Still Point', at which we share our own Christian faith and honour those of different faiths or spiritual bases, sharing our 'oneness' in an act of peace. Our last Still Point event was in November 2018, when we celebrated All Souls, Diwali and Samhain.
Still Point also operates as a mid-week group, giving people the opportunity to explore and share their contemplative spiritual journey. The group meets every Tuesday in Stroud or Nailsworth from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For more information contact Steve Saville at
"Syrian Exodus" Bench
by James Pentney and Revd Mathew Page
In times of great uncertainty, art offers an important opportunity to try to make some sense and offer hope. This work tells an important story of our time, representing images from war-torn Syria, the sea passage to Greece, and European train stations.
The local community of Stroud is leading the way in making refugees from Syria welcome here.