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: Ray Borrett (Council Chairman) on 07806513728 or email ray@kentworkplacemission.org

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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