We congratulate Bonnie Evans-Hills, Diocesan Interfaith Adviser for the Diocese of St Albans, who has recently co-authored a book on Christian-Muslim engagement with Michael Rusk. The synopsis below is taken from the publisher's website:
Is it possible to bridge two faiths, to cross through myriad cultures, and to seek to understand some of today’s great global crises from the viewpoint of the other? With an estimated 5 million Muslims in the United States, Islam is a faith... Read more
Tom Wilson is Diocesan Interfaith Adviser for the Diocese of Gloucester and is the editor of the most recent volume of Anvil, the Anglican Evangelical Journal for Theology and Mission. The volume looks particularly at Islam in Britain, with a number of interesting articles including submissions from Ida Glaser and Philip Lewis. Below we have reproduced Tom's editorial, but you can view the full journal by following this link: ... Read more
Last week the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke on peacemaking and reconciliation at an annual reception for faith leaders at Lambeth Palace.
The Archbishop of Canterbury last night hosted a reception for inter-religious and community leaders at Lambeth Palace. Speaking at the annual event, which brings together members different faith groups to foster relationships, Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on the theme of reconciliation, which is one of his ministry priorities. The event was... Read more
There were moments when the project to clean and improve a children’s playground area in Luton sounded a little like something out of the T.V. sitcom REV. Our church with a relatively small and ageing congregation was partnering with one of the local mosques to work on a piece of practical action to benefit the local community. Happily, unlike the fictional version, there was no dubious fund raising involved as this was a Near Neighbours funded project. Due to the involvement of council... Read more
The Revd Mark Poulson has been appointed to serve as the Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England.
The post resources the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England in relating to the great world faiths nationally and internationally as well as at a local parish level.
Mark... Read more
On Friday 26th September 2014 Justin Welby spoke in the House of Lords on developments in Iraq.
"My Lords, a danger of this debate is that we speak only of Iraq and Syria, only of ISIL, and only of armed force.
"ISIL and its dreadful barbarity are only one example of a global phenomenon, as the noble Baroness, the Leader of the House mentioned. We will not thus be able to deal with a global, holistic danger if the only weapons we are capable of using are military and... Read more
On the 24th of June 2014 an All Party meeting was held in Parliament to discuss the rising sectarian violence and recent threats from ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Bonnie Hills-Evans, Diocesan Interfaith Adviser for St Albans, was asked to speak. Below is is a summary of what she said, with a few additions for clarification.
So what is ‘sexual jihad’? Some have described it as when young women are radicalised and lured into ‘fixed term marriage’ or ‘nikah’ in order to act as... Read more
This month Toby Howarth, the current National Inter Religious Adviser and Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be consecrated as Bishop of Bradford. Consequently the NCIs are looking to appoint a successor, with applications closing on Thursday 9th October; please consider whether you know any suitable candidates for this important role.
The post combines the national responsibilities for inter religious affairs of the Church of England with... Read more
I was honoured to have been invited to be a guest speaker at Islamic Relief’s 30th anniversary reception, Welcoming Ramadan, on Friday 20 June at Old Trafford in Manchester. My speech follows, below. I was there to extend friendship and support to the local Muslim community and beyond ahead of the most significant event in the Islamic calendar. The celebrations highlighted that during Ramadan thousands of volunteers, mosques, community organisations and personalities get involved and... Read more
What are we to make of the daily diet of revelation, claim and counter-claim surrounding the Trojan Horse saga? In one corner of the boxing ring, attention is focussed on the supposed dangers of Islamic extremism; a plot to inveigle an Islamist agenda into the state school system. In the other corner, Islamophobia and reactionary, centralising education policies are among the objects under assault. Caught in the middle of this most polarising and divisive of issues are schoolchildren and... 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.