A Church in Wales ordinand and campaigner will spend this Saturday (17.6.17) – the Saturday before her ordination as a deacon – fasting with her Muslim colleagues and friends in their holy season of Ramadan.
Sara Roberts, from Criccieth, will spend the day at Bangor Islamic Centre, before joining with the Iftar, the meal which Muslims share to break/end their day time fast during Ramadan.
Sara is presently completing her training for ordination in the Bro Enlli Ministry Area, which serves Pwllheli, Llanbedrog, Aberdaron and the surrounding communities. She will become a curate there after her ordination.
Looking forward to the fast, Sara said, “There are many reasons why I am doing this: to show solidarity to our Muslim neighbours, to share in this powerful testament to faith, to contemplate my approaching ordination and what it means and to explore more deeply the relationship between food, prayer and connection to the Divine.
I am grateful for the invitation to join Bangor Islamic Centre and am also looking forward to seeing some of my friends from there at my ordination the following Saturday.”
Sara is also asking people to donate to a good cause in support of her fast. She is hoping to raise money for the Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais. Sara has spent time as a volunteer in Calais helping to support refugees in camps trying to get to the UK. The Community Kitchen seeks to help Muslim refugees with their fasting during the holy season of Ramadan.
It can be supported here : https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/refugeecommunitykitchen