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Rajay Shah: What does Colour in Faith mean to me?

It’s not always easy to remember encounters with people and experiences in different places in such vividness; the words and animated conversations, the varied attire, the number of people in that painting on that wall in the dining hall. But it is easy to remember how those experiences made you feel; at least that’s what I’ve found so far with Colour in Faith. Here are a few examples of some of my experiences so far:

  • Sitting in on a church service in Kariadudu and listening to Pastor Gabriel preach about the glory of the lord, resulting in a resounding ‘Amen!’ by the audience.
  • Entering a Gurdwara in South C and being flooded by a sense of divinity as I find myself encompassed by the most incredible arrangement of mirrored and decorated glass.
  • Finding serenity and solitude as I walk down the blue-walled, airy and quiet corridors of Jamia mosque.

I was able to experience a profound sense of community, peace and joy in all of these environments, and I believe that it is so important for everyone to feel this. It is a part of human nature to create areas where we can feel love and connection. Colour in Faith is about uniting people across all faiths and religions, and celebrating what brings us together rather than what separates us. I can’t think of a better way to do this than through this grand collaborative gesture using yellow that will create beacons of hope throughout the country. It serves to remind us that at the end of the day we are all human, and that we all have the ability to love and be loved- that we all NEED to love and be loved. To me, that is everything.

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