On Tuesday 11th June 2013 our group met at the West End of York Minster to embark on our walk to raise money and awareness for the Religious Education Council (REC) which is celebrating its 40 year anniversary. The Council was established in 1973 to provide a multi-faith forum to deepen and strengthen provision for Religious Education in schools and colleges.
This was a partnership project between York Minster, the York Diocese Board of Education and the David Hope RE Centre at York St John University. York Minster’s Canon Precentor Peter Moger greeted us at the Minster and waved us off we set off on the first leg of our walk. The route followed a fascinating heritage trail of York exploring the Christian and Jewish history of the city, including amongst others the Minster, churches, a castle tower, sites of synagogues and a shrine.
We were also fortunate to have a refreshment break at St John University which was kindly provided by the York St John University Faith Advisers Group who represent principal religions in the UK. This gave us the opportunity to hear more about their work, advisory role and leadership for interfaith working on a practical and strategic level. The second leg of our walk brought us back round the city to finish at the Minster.
Working together on the walk has given the three partners an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our organisations and identify where we may work together again in the future.
At the time of writing our walk has raised £286.25 including Gift Aid.
The money raised will be divided equally between the REC and the York YoYo Trust.