The Reuilly Common Statement is committed to working towards a closer relationship between Anglican churches in Britain and Ireland, and four Protestant (Lutheran and Reformed) churches in France. The Reuilly Contact Group’s ninth meeting was held in Leicester last month, facilitated by the St Philip’s Centre (one of the four P&E centres in England). The few days they spent with us was built around the theme of ‘... Read more
One of the most exciting and cutting edge places to work as an Inter Faith Advisor is in the context of Universities. I have been working at the University of Warwick for just over four years as the Anglican Chaplain, but for the majority of that time, I have also been Inter Faith Advisor for Coventry Diocese. Being part of the Chaplaincy team, which is supported by Christians, Jews and Muslims, in one of the most global... Read more
As many readers will know ‘Near Neighbours’ is a Government funded initiative being delivered through the Church Urban Fund.Our aim is simple - to resource groups of local people and small organisations to enable them to develop relationships between people of different faiths and ethnicities. We hope these relationships will develop into some kind of local social action or civic engagement. As the Co-ordinator of Near Neighbours in Eastern... Read more
You have to approach places of worship as you would approach anyone within your parish - just go and knock on the door, introduce yourself and say 'Tell me about yourself, I want to know'. Show them that you want to know where they are coming from and listen to their joys and their sorrows and their hopes for the future and for the community . I don't think you need to wait for a particular time of day or day of the week, if you see other people wandering in and out just go and introduce... Read more
I recently took the PCC of my new Parish through a Presence and Engagament process. It was just something that happened quite naturally. We started by looking at the demographics of the area using the 2001 and more recently the 2011 Census. We spoke about how different faith communities had shifted from one place to another, grown or diminished and how the proportion of people living within our parish that selfidentified as Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs changed over the last ten... Read more
Out of the blue, I received an invitation from the Vatican Pontifical Council for Inter Religious Dialogue to a meeting in Bangkok. This meeting was the culmination of a process which had involved representatives form the Pontifical Council, from the World Council of Churches and from the World Evangelical Alliance. It was a remarkable achievement to get those three bodies together speaking in the first place. The WCC had convened this meeting in order to answer accusations coming from... 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.