A Taste of Unity

Faith, food and fellowship were all in evidence at a special lunch arranged this week in Limassol, Cyprus. The event was organised bu the local Agape group in conjunction with St Barnabas Church – the venue for the lunch. For some time, a scheme supported by an Anglican Communion Grant has been working at integrating refugees and other migrants into local society, through a cookery club.The International Lunch, so called, was the outcome of the scheme to date. The idea was an interchange of tastes and cooking skills, and the event included dishes from countries including Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Somalia,  as well as Britain. Faith leaders joined the organisers for the meal, and spoke warmly of this way of demonstrating the generosity and welcome that all faiths strive for. All were agreed that the food was delicious. It is hoped that this model could work elsewhere on the Island, and that it could have a positive impact, not only on the integration of different nationalities, but also on the way faith communities can work more closely on their common concerns.