Hawzah News Agency - (Kingston, UK) - The "Milad, Advent and Christmas Celebration" took place on Sunday at All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames.
An Islamic prayer was recited and a birthday cake was cut during the hour-long celebration, which was advertised as an event "marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and looking forward to the birthday of Jesus."
The church organized the event alongside the Kingston Inter-Faith Forum and the South London Inter-Faith Group.
A Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer criticized the church for "rejoicing in both, eulogizing both, solemnizing both, glorifying both, honoring both" and questioned this "sensitively missional" approach, saying that exalting Prophet Muhammad in churches suggests that Islam's Prophet is greater than Jesus.
However, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwark defended the event, saying it "enabled Christians, Muslims and others to meet together in order to promote better understanding, conversation, and relationships.