Archbishop of Canterbury backs Great Get Together in memory of murdered Jo Cox

More than 100 religious leaders will meet this week to launch an initiative in memory of Jo Cox, the Labour MP murdered last year.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi backed the move which will see Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Humanist groups join together for a series of events in June in memory of the former Batley and Spen MP.

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The Great Get Together will be launched by an inter-faith gathering in Westminster on Wednesday with more than 100 faith leaders including Hindus, Christian, Sikh, Muslims and Humanists expected to attend.

Headed by her husband Brendan Cox alongside the Jo Cox Foundation and the Near Neighbours project, different religious groups will be asked to host BBQs, street parties and other celebrations together from June 16-18 to highlight their unity.

'Put simply, we want to mark an event that was intended to divide us to instead bring communities together,' organiser Mike Buckley told Christian Today.

'The work of faith communities across the UK is a powerful statement that we are more than individuals,' he added. 'Together we do a huge amount already to build community and to bridge divides of age, race, wealth and opportunity.'

The launch will include representatives from the Jewish Board of Deputies, the Chief Rabbi's office, and the Church of England as well as Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association and Jehangir Malik from Muslim Friends of Labour.

'The Great Get Together weekend gives us a chance to celebrate the work that we do already, to have fun with our members and friends, and to make some new friends along the way.'

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