Joint statement from faith leaders

“We all pray for the health and unity of our nation”

April 2, 2020

Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Senior Rabbi of Scotland, and Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew
Congregation, and Rabbi Mark Solomon, Sukkat Shalom: Edinburgh Liberal Jewish
Community have joined faith leaders across Scotland in signing a joint statement
calling on people of faith to stand together, following government advice, and praying
for the health and unity of the country during the covid-19 pandemic.

We are living through unprecedented times and our local communities are finding
ways of connecting and supporting each other. We are aware that Covid-19 is
beginning to affect people we know and people are anxious. It is therefore
important that we all keep to the government advice, it will help save lives.

These are also the moments when it is so important that we, the faith communities
in Scotland, stand together. We all seek the well-being and peace of our people
and we all also pray for the health and unity of our nation.

We commit ourselves to mutual respect and to seek together those opportunities
when we can offer ourselves to the service of the people and institutions of

We are praying for you and with you, may God be with us.

  • Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Senior Rabbi of Scotland, Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation
  • Rabbi Mark L Solomon, Rabbi of Sukkat Shalom: Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community
  • Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community
    of the United Kingdom
  • Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • The Most Rev Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh
  • The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the
    Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Revd Mark Slaney, The Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland
  • Rev. Dr. David Pickering, Moderator United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland
  • Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
  • Mr Puneet Dwivedi, Vice President- Hindu Forum of Britain & Joint Secretary of Edinburgh Hindu Mandir
  • Mr Allan Forsyth on behalf of the Bahá’í Community of Scotland
  • Dr. Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland
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