inter-religious - archive
and the churches
Over the past 25 years or so, churches have been involved in a range of inter-religious activity. This has included showing hospitality to minority communities, standing alongside other faiths in times of crisis and developing dialogue with one or more religions. It has also involved raising awareness of religious plurality through theological colleges, supporting the Standard Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), and a range of national and international church-based inter faith work.
Previously, the emphasis has focussed on Christians engaging with people of other religions without the intention of trying to convert them. While there is still a case to be made for this approach, new priorities have been identified:
- To create a theology of the nature of Christian identity in a multi faith society.
- To recover a sense of confidence in the Christian ‘story' in Western society.
- How to respond to Government overtures to religious and faith communities.
- How best to work with people of other religions for the benefit of wider society.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland seeks to take these new priorities forward in partnership with, and in support of, our member churches.