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.
This module handbook relates to a course which is not accredited by Common Awards, however it offers a useful insight into working with an external organisation (in this case, CCJ) to develop teaching on Christian-Jewish relations which considers both the historical context and contemporary reality.
At the Diocesan Interfaith Advisers conference on 15-16 May 2018, Dr Rosalee Velloso Ewell gave a keynote address on what it means to 'speak people’, exploring the story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10.
You can download an audio recording as well as a transcript of her talk below:
This guidance has been produced to resource clergy who, as part of their ministry in multifaith contexts, are supporting asylum seekers.
In our increasingly diverse society, lots of people find that meeting people of different faiths happens quite naturally. Yet bringing faith and belief into the conversation can seem daunting; people can feel anxious that conversations around faith will cause division or tension or that they just won’t know enough. My Special Place is a resource that seeks to help people overcome those fears introduce their beliefs through the story of their own lives through identifying places which have a special meaning or memory and together visiting those places.
This report shares insights from a P&E listening exercise conducted during the summer of 2016, which asked clergy about their experience of evangelism and witness in multifaith contexts.
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.
These documents outline the programme used to deliver teaching on Islam and Muslim-Christian dialogue, especially through the format of Scriptural Reasoning, during the 2017-18 academic year at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, and there is also a report detailing how the interfaith teaching was received by the students.
We sometimes say that Muslims and Christians are part of Abraham's family, but while you can choose your friends, you cannot choose your family. In a world filled with conflict, can Christians be friends with Muslims? When it comes to medical ethics, the economy, the environment, media, the arts, the place of women in society, political engagement, do Christians and Muslims have any views in common? Utilizing the writings of respected Muslim reformer Tariq Ramadan, Tom Wilson asks questions about what kind of friendship Christians and Muslims might have. While we disagree as to who Jesus is or how we can be saved, can we agree in our concern for a fairer, more just society? Can we work together for the common good as friends who disagree but remain respectful?
Tom Wilson is the Director of the St Philip's Centre in Leicester, and former interfaith adviser for the Diocese of Gloucester.