These new guidelines, produced in 2017, examine issues around the use of church buildings by other faiths
Ministers are increasingly being asked to marry couples of different faiths. This document outlines the opportunity this presents along with a number of practical and legal considerations they may need to explore.
These new guidelines, produced in 2017, outline the pastoral issues clergy may wish to consider when asked to baptise someone of another faith - particularly when the candidate is not an adult.
The guidelines presented here set out general principles relating to issues where clergy are approached by national or local authorities or other organisations wishing to organise a civic service or event.
This document, authored by Rev Dr Tom Wilson (member of the P&E task group) offers insightful and practical advice on the role of hospitality in Anglican schools where significant numbers of students come from other faith backgrounds. It is based on PhD fieldwork conducted in an Anglican Primary School.
This advice, prepared by Rev. Bonnie Evans-Hills (member of the P&E task group), along with Dr. Atola Longkumer for WCC 10th Assembly, should provide practical and theological insight into the important role of gender in interfaith work and involvement.
This guidance, written by Siriol Davies (member of the P&E task group), aims to support Anglicans involved in the development of shared worship space and addresses some of the issues, difficulties and possibilities which multi-faith prayer provision presents.
This paper, prepared by Dr Andrew Smith (member of the P&E task group), offers insightful and practical help for people trying to offer sensitive and useful responses in times of tension within multi-faith contexts.
This document, produced by the Joint Public Issues Team, is an ecumenical resource offering practical information for ministers called to give evidence in support of asylum applications. This complements the specifically Anglican guidance on this topic which is also available on the website (http://presenceandengagement.org.uk/guidance-clergy-engaging-asylum-system).
This document, authored by Rev Dr Tom Wilson (member of the P&E task group) offers insightful theological reflection on the role of hospitality in Anglican schools where significant numbers of students come from other faith backgrounds. It is based on PhD fieldwork conducted in an Anglican Primary School.
Many people contact the Church of England for help and advice about new religious movements (NRMs). With more than 4000 such groups known to be operating in the UK, it is ever more likely that Christians will encounter them. NRMS also often approach churches and clergy looking for somewhere to meet or to create relationships.
People sometimes call such groups ‘cults’ or ‘sects’ and while some are entirely peaceful and friendly, others cause problems and difficulties. A very few are engaged in fraudulent and unlawful activity and some are groups using religion as a cover for other interests and agenda.
The Church of England’s adviser on new religious movements is Dr Anne Richards. She carries a range of resources to advise clergy, churches and members of the public on how, and whether, to engage with new religious groups. There is also a network of diocesan advisers on new religious movements some of whom are specialists in particular movements.
The Church of England also has a partnership with INFORM at the London School of Economics which provides information about NRMs to enquirers.
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Both Christians and Muslims are deeply committed to their faiths and wish to bear faithful witness to them. This paper was produced by Christian Muslim Forum and offers guidelines for good practice, which you may wish to use as an agreement for interfaith activities.
The Archbishop's Council for Mission and Public Affairs produced these guidelines in 2010 for the Church's response to extremist right-wing parties. The BNP and other groups have in the past presented themselves as the defenders of England's Christian heritage. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York responded by warning the public to be wary of voting for any political party ‘whose core ideology is about sowing division in our communities and hostility on grounds of race, creed or colour’.
Meeting God in Friend and Stranger is the 2009 teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
It stresses that dialogue is not restricted to academics, but takes place where everyday life is shared in an atmosphere of respect and openness. Shared experiences of worship – not of coming to pray together, but of coming together to pray, is also a valuable aspect of dialogue, and one which meets the desire to share occasions of grief, joy and remembrance.
These guidelines were produced in 2008 by the Bishop of Bradford and the Deobandi Association of Muslim Scholars in the UK, in order to encourage co-operation between mosques & churches, imams & clergy.
Aware of the tensions between people and communities of different religious convictions and the varied interpretations of Christian witness, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and, at the invitation of the WCC, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), met over a period of 5 years to reflect and produce this document to serve as a set of recommendations for conduct on Christian witness around the world. This document does not intend to be a theological statement on mission but to address practical issues associated with Christian witness in a multi-religious world. The purpose of this document is to encourage churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion.
Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, who fast during the hours of daylight, and break their fast each night with an iftar meal. Is your church thinking about hosting an iftar this year, or have you been asked to consider doing so by Muslim friends? We've worked with Christian Muslim Forum to produce some guidance to help you make a decision, and suggest a range of practical things to think about to ensure that if you do go ahead, things run smoothly.
This guidance has been produced to resource clergy who, as part of their ministry in multifaith contexts, are supporting asylum seekers.