Christian gypsy minister hits back at reports of annual gathering ‘taking over’ Oxfordshire field

Christian gypsy minister hits back at reports of annual gathering ‘taking over’ Oxfordshire field

The Light and Life Gypsy Church annual festival in Thame, Oxfordshire.Thame Hub A senior minister from an evangelical gypsy church that has been accused by the media of ‘taking over’ an Oxfordshire field has accused the police and press of racism. Speaking to Christian Today, Jackie Boyd, who has been with the beleaguered Light and Life Gypsy Church for 35 years, hit back at hostile coverage of the church’s annual convention at Thame Showground, whose organisers have claimed they were misled about the booking. Some 3,000 Christian gypsies have gathered in the field, with the Sun and the Daily Mail running areal photographs provided by the police alongside reports quoting Thame and Oxfordshire County Agricultural Association, which hires out the field, complaining that it had been misled after the group booked as ‘a religious group that was having...Read more
Christian worshippers at Greenbelt can learn Islamic worship chants

Christian worshippers at Greenbelt can learn Islamic worship chants

Christian worshippers at this year’s Greenbelt Festival will have the opportunity to learn Islamic worship chants – thanks to an organisation which says its primary aim is to ‘guide seekers of Allah’. The Ansari Qadiri Rifai Tariqa – which describes itself as ‘an international non-profit spiritual organization… in service to the Divine’ – will be teaching ‘basic universal Sufi chants’ which it says ‘are rhythmic, healing and a unique form of worship’ according to the Greenbelt website. Festival-goers are invited to ‘come, enter in, learn and participate’. The invitation continues: ‘Here is healing’. The Christian festival Greenbelt will this year feature the opportunity to learn Islamic worship chants.Alex Baker Photography The Ansari UK website says its mission is to promote...Read more

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