Flute_cFront Row This evening the Universal Peace Federation held a charity concert at St Stephen’s Church Hall in south London in aid of ‘Palestinian Youth for Non-Violent Democracy’ and the Bishop of Jerusalem’s charities for traumatised children in Palestine, Haifa and Lebanon.

The evening was opened with a moving prayer offered by the Bishop of Jerusalem who expressed his deep gratitude for the event and its organisers.

In the short prelude to his prayer the Bishop highlighted the importance of the efforts of all those who have committed themselves to the cause of hope, love, peace, healing and reconciliation. As he pinpointed, the task of reconciliation is not entrusted in the hands of the politicians but it is the mission of all believers.

The hall was filled with a distinguished and generous audience and in all there were around eighty guests. Among those present were the Ambassador of Palestine, the General Council of Greece and Ambassadors for Peace with the whole event being skilfully moderated by Maria Andipa.

The mixed programme proved enjoyable for all ages and covered a wide range of performances that included opera, piano rendition, Christian hymns, Greek songs and flute playing.

At the end of the evening a delicious buffet was laid on.

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