On Christmas Day BMIN committee members and friends celebrated the annual Christmas Day Lunch at Sunshine Salvos. Attending from the BMIN committee were Colin Reynolds (Salvation Army), Nayran Tabiei (Muslim faith), Glenn Steere (Church of Jesus Christ & Latter-Day Saints), Venerable Phuoc Tan (Buddhist faith) and Kawalpreet Singh (Sikh faith). It was a lovely afternoon of community spirit, unity, generosity and love. There is no better day than Christmas Day to remind our local community that as a tapestry of faith traditions, we are united in harmony, love and respect!
The Star Weekly published the following article in the lead up to the Christmas Lunch:
The Christmas spirit will be on full display when the Sunshine Salvation Army lays on its annual lunch.
The Sunshine Salvos have been running a Christmas Day lunch for many years, but in recent times have combined with other faith groups around Brimbank to serve lunch for up to 80 people who may otherwise not have been able to celebrate.
Sunshine Salvation Army Lieutenant Colin Reynolds said the day was all about bringing people together.
“We’ve developed it into an expression of a lot of the different religious traditions around Sunshine,” Lieutenant Reynolds said.
“I think whenever you can get a lot of the main religions and faith traditions together, especially over food … it’s a really positive thing to share with the community.
“It’s a real reflection of the diversity of the whole Sunshine area.”
While the Salvos will be hosting the day, leaders of the Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints communities will be among those enjoying the day.
“The reason that we do the meal is because the people who come along and enjoy it wouldn’t necessarily have anyone to enjoy it with,” Lieutenant Reynolds said.
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