For the sixth year in a row, St. James joined a group of 10 faith groups to plant trees in a London park. On October 28, we joined with over 100 volunteers from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian organizations, along with community volunteers, to plant over 400 native trees and shrubs at Halls Mill Park, near Byron.
Over the past 6 years, this group has planted 2,500 trees and shrubs together in 6 London parks. The participating groups this year include:
Al Mahdi Islamic Centre
Christ the King University Parish/ King’s Campus Ministry
London Muslim Mosque
St. James Westminster Anglican Church
St. Jude’s Anglican Church
St. Luke the Evangelist – Broughdale
Temple Israel Synagogue
Trinity United Church Community Center
The event fell on the day after the mass shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue, and as we remembered those killed in the anti-Semitic violence, we acknowledged the importance of building interfaith communities. Speakers at the event included Walter Zimmerman from Temple Israel, Mahmoud Haddara from the London Muslim Mosque, Sister Margo Richie from the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and Rabbi Debra Dressler from Temple Israel.