If you, your church or community group are thinking of holding a public or multifaith vigil to remember those affected by events in Manchester, the following thoughts from Andrew Smith, Interfaith Director for the Bishop of Birmingham, may be useful.
Why do something?
It is becoming increasingly common to hold vigils and people turn up for their own reasons. However when there is something that has caused significant turmoil for the country or a local... Read more
Lambeth Palace was pleased to host the 2017 Diocesan Interfaith Advisers Conference. Nearly fifty people were able to join us for a day that included not only DIFA's but clergy, chaplains and ordinands with an interest in interfaith work.
Our keynote speaker was Canon Dr Sarah Snyder. Sarah was recently appointed Archbishop's Adviser for Reconciliation. She is a theologian specialising in Christian, Muslim and Jewish relations. She is also a trained... Read more
Relationships are at the heart of community cohesion in this post Brexit/Trump world was the message to clergy and church leaders across the Diocese of Leeds at a conference to explore better interfaith relations and tackle hate and religiously motivated crime. Put the kettle on, encouraged Vicky Ledwidge who spoke movingly about her work at St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax which has been welcoming those from other countries and other faiths for the last 50 years. Celebrate the white working... Read more
Looking for a fresh challenge?
A P&E parish in the Diocese of Bristol is advertising for a new priest for Easton Christian Family Centre, located in a vibrant multi-cultural, multi-faith community a few miles east of the city centre.
Easton Christian Family Centre (ECFC) offers a Christian witness through worship and active involvement in organisations working in and around the centre.
They are seeking a priest to lead the church in the further development and... Read more
We've been hard at work at P&E HQ, producing some new resources and reports to resource clergy in multifaith contexts. The first two of these are now available on our website and we hope they will be useful.
The first has been prepared with the aim of equipping Church of England clergy to support and minister to asylum seekers in their congregations - something which we know is an increasing part of life in many parishes. Navigating the asylum process can be challenging and there... Read more
As Ramadan draws to a close, we’ve pulled together some of the best blogs and articles from a range of perspectives addressing different aspects of Islam’s holiest month.
Sarah Ager, a British Muslim living in Italy, has been hosting a thirty day series of blogs, now in its fourth year. Find the 2016 posts as well as browsing past entries at http://www.interfaithramadan.com/
New Horizons ... Read more
One day symposium on the Comparative Study of Religious Seminaries
Wednesday 5th October 2016 at UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Call for papers
Abstracts are invited for a one day symposium organised jointly by the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education, UCL Institute of Education and the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford focusing on the study of religious seminaries.
Many religious... Read more
Revd Canon Phil Rawlings, interfaith adviser for Oldham, has been involved in the development of a newly-launched resource called 'Joining the Family'. Phil writes, "Back in November 2013 I became aware of three incidents over one weekend where Muslims entered churches asking to become Christians. Firstly at Manchester Cathedral a young Pakistani-heritage man walked in and spoke to the duty retired clergy, who chatted and prayed with him. The retired clergy happened to be a former colleague... Read more
Last month, diocesan interfaith advisers gathered at Lambeth Palace for their annual conference. This is an opportunity to meet people from different parts of the country, share stories and hear about what is going on at a national level. This year we were privileged to be joined by Rev Dr Sam Wells, who gave a keynote address entitled ‘Being With Those of Other Faiths’, drawing on his recent book ‘A Nazareth Manifesto’. The... Read more
In the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, a vicar and an imam have started taking an assemblies together in their local primary school, which has a mix of Christian and Muslim pupils.
The Revd Heston Groenewald (vicar of All Hallows, Hyde Park in Leeds) says, “This is the second time my friend Adam Aslam and I have led an assembly; our desire is to model friendship to show the harmony there can be between different faiths, and to help change the current narrative a bit. As it... Read more
The Presence and Engagement programme brings together a unique network of people from around the country deeply engaged in their local multi faith contexts. They are often in a position to be able to bring a nuanced perspective on events and issues rooted in those contexts. We are very pleased that this website can provide a platform for these voices to be heard. The authors of these posts speak on their own behalf and do not always represent the view of the Presence and Engagement programme.