At the opening ceremony for the new Aldersgate building in February 2020, representatives of other faiths were invited to participate in the celebration and also to gift a banner or other item representing their faith. These banners are on display in the church. From left to right:
1. Banner presented by representatives of the Hindu faith.
2. Drawing of a menorah presented by the local Jewish congregation.
3. Buddhist flag from a local Buddhist group. The colours represent: blue – compassion; yellow: following the Middle Way; red – blessings; white – purity; orange – wisdom. The final stripe with all the colours represents truth.
4. A quotation from the Koran in Arabic and English, presented by a local Muslim congregation. It reads: Oh mankind, indeed we have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. Indeed, God is knowing and acquainted. (49:13)
5. The rainbow flag is of course showing Durham Street Methodist Church’s support and affirmation of people of all genders and sexual orientations, as well as those of all ethnicities, abilities, ages, backgrounds and beliefs (or lack of them).