The Church of England’s Mission and Ministry in a Multi-Religious Society - A report on the recent work and future vision of the Presence and Engagement programme.
This report was debated at General Synod in July 2017, where P&E’s work received strong affirmation.
These new guidelines, produced in 2017, examine issues around the use of church buildings by other faiths
Ministers are increasingly being asked to marry couples of different faiths. This document outlines the opportunity this presents along with a number of practical and legal considerations they may need to explore.
These new guidelines, produced in 2017, outline the pastoral issues clergy may wish to consider when asked to baptise someone of another faith - particularly when the candidate is not an adult.
The guidelines presented here set out general principles relating to issues where clergy are approached by national or local authorities or other organisations wishing to organise a civic service or event.
This document, authored by Rev Dr Tom Wilson (member of the P&E task group) offers insightful and practical advice on the role of hospitality in Anglican schools where significant numbers of students come from other faith backgrounds. It is based on PhD fieldwork conducted in an Anglican Primary School.
This advice, prepared by Rev. Bonnie Evans-Hills (member of the P&E task group), along with Dr. Atola Longkumer for WCC 10th Assembly, should provide practical and theological insight into the important role of gender in interfaith work and involvement.
This guidance, written by Siriol Davies (member of the P&E task group), aims to support Anglicans involved in the development of shared worship space and addresses some of the issues, difficulties and possibilities which multi-faith prayer provision presents.
This paper, prepared by Dr Andrew Smith (member of the P&E task group), offers insightful and practical help for people trying to offer sensitive and useful responses in times of tension within multi-faith contexts.
This document, produced by the Joint Public Issues Team, is an ecumenical resource offering practical information for ministers called to give evidence in support of asylum applications. This complements the specifically Anglican guidance on this topic which is also available on the website (http://presenceandengagement.org.uk/guidance-clergy-engaging-asylum-system).
This document, authored by Rev Dr Tom Wilson (member of the P&E task group) offers insightful theological reflection on the role of hospitality in Anglican schools where significant numbers of students come from other faith backgrounds. It is based on PhD fieldwork conducted in an Anglican Primary School.
This summary of the Theological consultant to the Council of Bishops' paper on the Uniqueness of Christ was presented to the General Synod.
Many people contact the Church of England for help and advice about new religious movements (NRMs). With more than 4000 such groups known to be operating in the UK, it is ever more likely that Christians will encounter them. NRMS also often approach churches and clergy looking for somewhere to meet or to create relationships.
People sometimes call such groups ‘cults’ or ‘sects’ and while some are entirely peaceful and friendly, others cause problems and difficulties. A very few are engaged in fraudulent and unlawful activity and some are groups using religion as a cover for other interests and agenda.
The Church of England’s adviser on new religious movements is Dr Anne Richards. She carries a range of resources to advise clergy, churches and members of the public on how, and whether, to engage with new religious groups. There is also a network of diocesan advisers on new religious movements some of whom are specialists in particular movements.
The Church of England also has a partnership with INFORM at the London School of Economics which provides information about NRMs to enquirers.
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Full text of 'Generous Love: the truth of the gospel and the call to dialogue.' Published in 2008, Generous Love is an Anglican theology of interfaith relations, from the Anglican Communion Network for Interfaith Concerns (NIFCON).
There are nine primary schools in the two parishes of St Clements and St Augustine and between them they have between 4,000 and 4,500 children. Seven primary schools have sent cohorts of children to visit one of our church buildings as part of their RE programme. In May we will receive five groups of children in the two parishes and last year over 500 children visited one of our places of worship. In addition there is one large secondary school and the whole of year eleven recently visited a church building as part of their RE programme. The context is substantially Muslim and the schools reflect largely separated communities.
Both Christians and Muslims are deeply committed to their faiths and wish to bear faithful witness to them. This paper was produced by Christian Muslim Forum and offers guidelines for good practice, which you may wish to use as an agreement for interfaith activities.
This guide contains a set of sessions on how to build relationships with families from different faiths living in your neighbourhood. It was put together by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and one of the authors was Nicholas Wood from the Christian Muslim Forum.
This research project commissioned by the Hindu Christian Forum and the department for Communities and Local Government interviewed Hindus and Christians in London, Leicester and Preston. Its final report, from June 2011, outlines preconceptions the different groups have about each other and sets out a range of ideas for future Hindu Christian interaction.