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
In December 2015, Kat Brealey travelled to Liverpool to meet recently-appointed Diocesan Interfaith Adviser, Nadine Daniel. Being in Liverpool was an opportunity to see some of the work Nadine is involved in, as well as hear about her background and passions. Nadine is based at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral - usually in the offices, but occasionally dangling from a rope as seen in this photo of a charity abseil!
Apart from being diocesan interfaith... Read more
Rev Richard Martin has been Diocesan Interfaith Adviser for Rochester for just over a year. We spoke to him to find out how he's settling in, what his role entails, and what excites him about interfaith engagement.
So Richard, apart from being Diocesan Interfaith Adviser, what is your day to day role?
I am priest-in-charge of Holy Family Gravesend with Margaret Ifield (Kent). I have one day per week for my interfaith work.
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Rev Simon Bale is the Diocesan Interfaith Adviser for Bath and Wells. We caught up with him to find out a bit about his background and the work he's currently involved in.
Welcome, Simon! Apart from being diocesan interfaith adviser, what is your day to day role?
I am assistant curate in Highbridge, Somerset. I am in my final year of training after being ordained in 2013.
How did you get involved in interfaith work?
My more formal engagement with... Read more
Rev Dr Tom Wilson, Director of the St Philip's Centre in Leicester, has recently published a book on Christian Muslim relations. As a Christmas gift from all of us at P&E, we're delighted to offer you the first chapter as a free download.
By way of introduction, Tom writes;
“We sometimes say that Muslims and Christians are part of Abraham’s family, but recent events make it very clear that the Abrahamic family of faith struggles to live harmoniously. You often cannot... Read more
Andrew Pratt, Diocesan Interfaith Adviser for Blackburn has been working with a great local initiative called Faith Friends, which operates in schools in Burnley and Pendle. Have a look at this short video, made with support from Near Neighbours, to get a flavour of their work.
At the end of September 2015, Tom Wilson took up the post of Director at the St Philips Centre in Leicester. In this blog we get to know him a little bit and hear about his vision for the centre.
Welcome Tom! Tell us a bit about yourself and what’s brought you to your new role.
I am married to Felicity, and we have two children, Elisabeth and Edward. Neither of the children are at school yet, and Felicity looks after them full time. We moved to Leicester at the end of... Read more
Richard Bennett recently took up the post of Chief Executive at Faithful Neighbours P&E centre in Bradford. Here we interview Richard and find out about his plans.
It's good to meet you Richard! Tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you to your new role.
I’ve been a disciple of Jesus for over 40 years, but really only taken an interest in different faiths for the last 15 years. I have lived in St Helens, Merseyside, since 1987 with my wife and I... Read more
One of our Diocesan Interfaith Advisers has recommended an upcoming event from the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies. They are hosting a CPD workshop on Perpetrators of Hate, developed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to respond to the challenges posed by perpetrators of hate and extremism.
This workshop has been produced by internationally renowned hate crime experts Professor Neil Chakraborti and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy at the Leicester Centre for Hate... Read more
Rev Dr Richard Sudworth, who is Tutor in Anglican Theology at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, and a member of the P&E task group, recently wrote a comment piece for the Church Times on the new Counter-Terror legislation. We reproduce it here with his permission.
When Theresa May was defending her proposed Counter Terrorism Bill on Radio 4’s Today programme last week, she invoked the spectre of groups seeking a ‘them and us’ mentality which would divide the nation. The... 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.