Rev David Gray

Peace Mala Endorsement

Interfaith Franciscan, Chaplain, Public Speaker and Author. Servant leader for the Progressive Christian Alliance in Britain and the Islands and founding faculty member of Greater Manchester Pagan and Witches Chaplaincy.

After 9/11, my dear friend Pam Evans who is a teacher noticed that Muslim children were being targeted for bullying. Her response was to develop the PEACE MALA – a multi-coloured beaded bracelet that children could make while meditating on the golden rule that runs through the world faiths and coming to a better understanding of one another.

Peace Mala has achieved great things over the years and among the well-known people who proudly wear the Peace Mala are Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Sheikh Mawlana Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Having personally witnessed the harmony that Peace Mala has helped nurture in schools, youth groups, between people of faith and among rival gangs who were once deadly enemies, I wholeheartedly recommend Peace Mala workshops to schools, colleges, universities, youth groups, faith communities and all gatherings of people of all ages and backgrounds who wish to harness the peace that the world needs and deserves.

Rev David Gray with pupils and staff of Newall Green Primary School, releasing doves of peace at The Monastery, Gorton Manchester

The rainbow colours of the Peace Mala reflect many things, including the divine promise made to people and animals in the sacred scriptures of the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Islam and Christianity; the individual and collective worth of people across the spectrum of human identity, especially LGBT+ people; and the magnificence of diversity in the one human family and the rest of life with which we share our precious world

Rev. David Gray is an Interfaith Franciscan. He has worked for the Catholic church and was an Anglican priest who went on to train with One Spirit, the Interfaith Seminary developed by Rabbis, Priests, Imams and other faith leaders after WW II to promote understanding among the faiths.

An all forces chaplain who has served veterans, including European resistance fighters who fought fascism during WW II, David edited Mensa Interfaith for over a decade and was a founding member of Faith Network 4 Manchester, which he served as secretary for a number of years.

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