COVENTRY Cathedral has spoken out in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States.
The cathedral, joined by partners from across the city, joined in last week’s ‘Bridges not Walls’ movement to show its solidarity for global tolerance, diversity and a welcome to all.
Banners were dropped from bridges across the UK and across the world bearing hopeful messages of building ‘bridges not walls’ towards a peaceful and just world, rid of oppression and hatred.
The banner was raised at the back of Coventry Cathedral for people to add their own messages to before it was displayed over the ruins of the old priory.
It read: “Build bridges not walls. In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
Kathryn Flemming, Canon Pastor of Coventry Cathedral, said the action on the day of President Trump’s inauguration was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the city’s reputation of peace and reconcilliation.
She added: “We were heartened to be part of a movement this weekend that confirmed that there are many people of good will, including those who marched around the world on Saturday.
“As politics has become increasingly divisive both here, in the US with the inauguration of Donald Trump, and elsewhere across Europe and beyond, we have a desperate need for such signs of hope and optimism.
“Bridges Not Walls was a way of confirming our instinctive belief that we get through life better together.
“For a Cathedral and city dedicated to peace and reconciliation, this means we have to be prepared to be in conversation with people whose ideas are strange to us.
“Our banner, with messages of hope, welcome and acceptance from the Coventry community, affirms that we all have a responsibility to make things better, to hold the light for one another against division, discrimination and distrust.”