Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

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face to face,
side by side

'Face to Face, Side by Side' was launched by the UK Government at the end of 2007. It aimed to be a "framework for inter faith dialogue and social action".

The document was produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government which strictly pertains to England as these matters are devolved in Scotland and Wales. However, this 'framework' will inevitably impact all parts of the United Kingdom.

The document can be downloaded from the National Archive link to external website.

The title "Face to Face, Side by Side" was coined by the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks to describe the two kinds of inter faith engagement - the ‘face to face' dialogue between faiths, and different faiths being ‘side by side' with each other for the benefit of society.

The Government invited ‘faith communities' to respond. The following responses were made public:

Responses from Christian Churches

The Methodist Church link to external website (PDF) [Help]

The Society of Friends link to external website

Responses from Other Faiths and Other Organisations

The British Humanist Association link to external website [Help] has also made a response.

The Muslim Council of Britain





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