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National Inter Faith Relations Adviser and Secretary for Inter Faith Relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury appointed

The Revd Guy Wilkinson has been appointed as National Inter Faith Relations Adviser and Secretary for Inter Faith Relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury.  This new post combines the staff responsibilities of the national inter Faith work of the Church of England with support for Archbishop’s work in this area.

Guy’s working life has covered a wide variety of countries, cultures and sectors. He has worked in Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius and Belgium; in the public sector as a European Civil servant; and as a Director of a large food manufacturing company, before ordination in 1987.

Since then, he has served parishes in Coventry, Guildford and Birmingham dioceses and, from 1999, as Archdeacon of Bradford. He has a wide experience of living and working among people and communities of Faiths other than Christian. In Coventry and Birmingham, he was Governor of multi Faith schools; he was vicar of Small Heath, Birmingham in a majority Muslim community; and in Bradford worked with a variety of Faith communities across the city. He has been a member of the Church of England’s Inter Faith Consultative Group and the lead person for the Presence and Engagement process to be debated at General Synod.

He says: “It is a real privilege to have been asked to take on this new role working with the Archbishop’s team and with colleagues in Church House. I shall greatly enjoy working with friends and colleagues in the Faith communities, appreciating warmly the contributions we make together in our wider society. The Archbishop and the Church of England as a whole bring a deep and broad commitment and experience to the opportunities and challenges of a religiously plural society, and I am profoundly glad to make a contribution to this vital aspect of our national and international life.

I am a Christian priest, committed to the work of the Church of England in the parishes and dioceses, particularly in multi Faith neighbourhoods. I believe that they represent a valuable asset for the country as a whole by their continued presence and engagement with neighbours of other Faiths. Our discipleship of Jesus Christ as God incarnate leads us to want to share his generous gospel and to be glad to find the presence of his Spirit in the lives of so many millions of people of Faiths other than Christian.”

Guy is married to Tessa and they live with their family in Oxford.

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