The Chaplaincy of the University of Edinburgh have just launched an initiative called ‘A light for Aleppo, a light for all’. They are encouraging communities and individuals wherever they are to light beacons or candles at 5pm (GMT) on Sunday 20 November, as signs of vigilance and hope.
Harriet Harris, University Chaplain says the following:
“The intention is for the coastlines of East Lothian and Fife to be lit up, leading out from Edinburgh, and also that beacons of light could spread around our coastlines, inland, and to anywhere in the world.
It would be wonderful if the churches of Edinburgh could support this, encouraging ministers and congregations to hold gatherings. It really will be the church networks that could make this work as a public event on an inspirational scale, so as to bring hope.
The beacons can be as simple as lighting a candle in a window, though we are also hoping for a fair few community gatherings, with the churches being integral to this vision. We have already heard from people in other parts of the Uk and in other countries who intend to join in. In this way, a path of light might well reach from here to Aleppo, or at least to Syrian borders, and spread hope, and may even help save lives. The initiative is also collecting funds for Oxfam and MSF, as charities working in Aleppo.
The positive attitudes at the launch and related fund-raising events suggest there could be very high take up for this initiative. People feel so helpless and frustrated about what is happening in Aleppo, and are showing immense relief and support at the prospect of being able to do something.”
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Communications and Administration Officer
Edinburgh Churches Together