Interfaith

Inter-faith Adviser 

The Rev Richard Martin holds the portfolio for inter-faith relations for the Diocese. He can be contacted on 01474 249792 or ramartin@talktalk.net

A useful resource for ideas about Inter-Faith engagement can be found on the Church of England’s Presence and Engagement website http://www.presenceandengagement.org.uk/home

It includes at http://www.presenceandengagement.org.uk/generous-love the 2008 report “Generous Love” which is “An Anglican Theology of Inter-Faith Relations”, produced for that year’s Lambeth conference.

The following Inter-faith groups are known to meet in the Diocese:

Medway Inter Faith Action (MIFA) (Chairman Faran Forghani)

Aims:

  •  To promote, organise and support Inter-Faith and Multi-Faith activities in the Medway area
  •  To promote cohesion and dialogue between the Faiths and Faith Communities in the Medway area
  •  To promote mutual respect and understanding
  •  To support, and maintain membership of, the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom www.medwayinterfaith.org.uk

North Kent Council for Interfaith Relations

The Council co-ordinates various interfaith initiatives across North Kent. The Council organises multi-faith thanksgiving services and prayers upon request from establishments like Bluewater shopping complex.  It also supports the multi-faith chaplaincy at Bluewater. A booklet published by the Council, “Guidelines for Spiritual and Pastoral Care,”” is well used by nursing homes and hospitals and a new revised edition was published in 2010. The Council also works with several public service agencies, for example Local Children’s Strategic Partnership and Kent Police, and its office-bearers represent faith communities on various local boards and partnerships.

For more information about the Council please contact Rev Ruth Bierbaum (Chair) on 01622 722180or visit www.northkentinterfaith.co.uk

The Diocese is developing a link with the Dialogue society, http://www.dialoguesociety.org/ whose SE area office is in Chatham.

They work to foster relations between Christians and Muslims.

A fruitful area of Inter-faith dialogue is Scriptural Reasoning, which has been pioneered at Cambridge University http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/sr

This site includes many suggested texts which can be used by Christians, Muslims and Jews to explore a theme. SR is already being run in Bromley, and between Christians and Sikhs will begin in Gravesend in April 2016.

 




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