National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England
The Revd Mark Poulson
Phone: 020 7898 1475
In 2014, The Rev Mark Poulson was appointed as the Archbishop’s Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs and the National Advisor for Inter Religious Affairs to the Church of England. Prior to this Mark was the Vicar of St John’s Church, Southall for 11 years, where he and his family still live. Southall is an extraordinarily diverse area of West London with flourishing relationships across different faiths and communities, and Mark has been instrumental in fostering these relationships. He has also been involved nationally in the Church of England’s Presence and Engagement Programme as a long-standing member of its Task Group, and sits on the Board of Near Neighbours.
Presence and Engagement National Programme Coordinator
Mark and Kat are supported by the Presence and Engagement task group. This group, which meets three times a year, is made up of Anglican interfaith practitioners from across the country. Drawing on a wealth of experience, they provide guidance on projects, share regional insights and help shape the future direction of P&E.
Presence and Engagement Centres
Based in the east end of London, CTC equips churches to engage with their communities. We work with congregations in deprived and diverse neighbourhoods – helping them to bear witness to the Gospel by care for their neighbours, action for justice and sharing their faith. CTC runs a range of local projects, including research, and enables reflection through events, publications and other online resources.
CTC also administers the Greater London Presence & Engagement Network (PEN) which covers all of the Greater London Boroughs. PEN is sponsored by the Dioceses of Chelmsford, London, Rochester, St Albans and Southwark to serve parishes and chaplaincies across the wider capital, enabling them to identify and share the resources which will best support Christians in their ministry and mission in multi faith contexts. We believe the experiences of local churches are among the best resources, and are an important gift to the wider Church. PEN shares resources through its website, events, and a growing band of local reps.
Find out more: www.londonpen.org
Phone:020 7488 3385
The Centre for Theology & Community,
East Crypt, St George-in-the-East, 14 Cannon Street Road,
The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre (FNC) exists to:
- Provide a space where people of all faiths and none can meet one another
- Resource Christians living in a multi-faith society
- Support people as they discover ways of working together to improve and strengthen their local areas.
The FNC is home to a range of projects and activities that reflect the centre’s commitment to bring together community regeneration and interfaith relationships. While each group is distinctive all staff at the centre collaborate on work and help to create a hospitable, friendly and welcoming environment. Dr. Andrew Smith, Director of Interfaith Relations for the Bishop of Birmingham is based at the FNC and runs the P&E program from the centre. Jessica Foster, the Near Neighbours Development worker, is also based at the FNC and can be contacted about the Birmingham Near Neighbours program.
The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre
10 Court Road
Faithful Neighbours (formerly Bradford Churches for Dialogue and Diversity) is an ecumenical centre for inter religious dialogue and social action which provides resources for churches in West Yorkshire and across the M62 corridor. It provides training courses for clergy and lay people on topics relating to living well as a Christian in a multi faith context, with an emphasis on Christian /Muslim Relations. Faithful Neighbours also hosts the Near Neighbours programme for the North of England.
The Thornbury Centre
Leeds Old Road
St Philip's Centre for Engagement and Study in Leicester provides a wealth of resources particularly for churches across the Midlands. The Centre is committed to a wide programme of training, public benefit activities and community engagement. This is reflected not only in the dialogues between different faiths, so crucial in the process of building understanding, friendship and trust, but also in the active involvement of the Centre in community life.
In 2013 St Philip’s Centre worked with over 7,500 individuals and hundreds of organisations who wanted to learn more about faiths and faith communities. Our wide ranging, accessible courses even include our own in-house MA programme in association with De Montfort University.
St Philip’s Centre Limited
2A Stoughton Drive North