The following statement has been issued by Oxford’s Faith and Civic Leaders, in the light of the Coronavirus Pandemic:
“There is understandably anxiety and concern regarding the impact of the Covid-19 virus. From the current advice from the Chief Medical Officer, it means that all of us, over the coming weeks and months, will need to ensure that we follow government guidelines to keep ourselves, our families and friends, safe.
“We ask everyone to be vigilant for their own health but also please look out for those who are elderly, living on their own, disabled, and who might be vulnerable. This is the moment to work together, to support each other and ensure that everyone in our communities is safe. 
“We extend our deepest gratitude and thanks, to all in our health and public services; and so many individuals and groups, who have initiated community spirited initiatives, looking out for those most vulnerable in our society. 
“This is also time for reflection and prayer, time to be with our loved-ones when possible, and time for prayer in the sanctuary of our homes. Through the aid of patience, love and care for each other, we will get through this.”


Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Oxfordshire
Lady Jay of Ewelme CBE (Sylvia), High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2019/20
Cllr Craig Simmons, Lord Mayor, City of Oxford
The Rt Revd Dr. Bishop Steven Croft, The Bishop of Oxford
The Rt Revd Bishop Colin Fletcher OBE, Bishop of Dorchester
Imam Monawar Hussain MBE DL, Founder, The Oxford Foundation
Rt. Rev. William Kenney CP, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham
Jawaid Malik, Chair, Oxford Council of Faiths
Penny Faust, Co-President, Oxford Jewish Congregation
Zaheer Qureshi, Secretary, Central Oxford Mosque
Father Phil Ritchie, Cowley St John Parish
Amanda Ponsonby, High Sheriff in Nomination for Oxfordshire (2020-21)
Canon Andrew Bunch, Vicar of St Giles and St Margaret’s, Oxford
The Rev’d Anthony Buckley, Vicar of St. Michael at the North Gate, City Rector
Bede Gerrard, OxCoF and Orthodox Church, Oxford
The Revd Canon Dr Martin Wellings, Superintendent Minister, Oxford Methodist Circuit
Ian Finlay, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
Sadat Khan, President, Madina Mosque
Hassan Sabrie, Director, Diversity League
Latibul Islam, Bangladesh Islamic Education Centre and Mosque
Mariam Ahmed, Co-founder of M&A Social Enterprise
Anjum Ahmed, Co-founder of M&A Social Enterprise
Rozeena Ali, Co-founder of M&A Social Enterprise
Sara Fernandez, CEO, Oxford Hub
Bishop Memory Tapfumaneyi, Jabula, Newlife Covenant Church


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