Complaints were raised with police and organisers before the Understanding and Responding to Islam event at St Michael's Anglican Cathedral in Wollongong.

No Muslim speakers at the event concerned many in the community.

But the Reverend Sandy Grant told the Mercury he was disappointed people didn't raise these concerns with the church before the May 17 event organised by Christian organisation Leading The Way.

"What we had was complaints to the police without bothering to speak to us and a letter indicating we had to cancel the event," Rev Grant said.

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