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A statement from the Bishop of Southwark concerning St John's, Waterloo

17 Mar 2015

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‘The Bishop of Kingston has, at my request, now met with the Vicar of St John, Waterloo to discuss the Inclusive Mosque event which took place at St John, Waterloo on 6 March.  Whilst it is very important to build good interfaith relations, it is clear that an act of worship from a non-Christian faith tradition is not permitted within a consecrated Church of England building.   The Vicar has issued a statement expressing his sorrow at the offence this has caused and any infringement of Church of England guidelines.  He has assured me of his intention to work within these guidelines in the future’.

The statement from the Vicar of St John, Waterloo can be found here.