Work with other Faiths

The Church of England, in partnership with other Christian churches, seeks to build up good relations with people of other faith traditions, and where possible to co-operate with them in service to society.

2005 Presence & Engagement programme following report to General Synod Presence and Engagement: the churches' task in a multi Faith society

Aim - to encourage and support the mission and ministry of parishes and other Anglican communities in multi religious contexts, supported by the Church of England's national Adviser on Inter Faith relations.

2009 February General synod - Staying present and engaging faithfully update on Presence & Engagement programme

The Presence And Engagement website has a range of resources including Bible studies

Background

Recognising the significant changes which have led to religious plurality in our society, the General Synod as long ago as 1981 endorsed the Four Principles of Inter Faith Dialogue agreed ecumenically by the British Council of Churches:

  • Dialogue begins when people meet each other
  • Dialogue depends upon mutual understanding and mutual trust
  • Dialogue makes it possible to share in service to the community
  • Dialogue becomes the medium of authentic witness

Contact
Inter Faith Relations Adviser
Archbishops' Council of the Church of England
Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3NZ
E-mail: presenceandengagement@lambethpalace.org.uk

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