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inter faith theological advisory group
The Inter Faith Theological Advisory Group is a theological task group that resources the wider ecumenical work across the Four Nations in the area of the churches' engagement with issues of religious plurality. Its purpose is to resource different aspects of ecumenical work, and is an advisory group of CTBI. IFTAG reflects theologically on issues pertinent to the Churches relationship to people of other faiths.
Some of the issues that IFTAG has looked at include:
- Theological rationale for engaging in multi-lateral interfaith bodies
- Defensiveness as an aspect of religious identity
- The relationship between ecumenical and inter faith dialogue
From time to time IFTAG organises conferences, seminars and colloquiums and details of these will be available on this page. We also make available some of the discussion papers that have been prepared by members of the group.
"Cacophony or Conversation? The Bible and Inter Faith Dialogue"
23-25 June 2015, High Leigh conference centre , Hertfordshire EN11 8SG
How should Christians use the Bible in inter-religious dialogue? How can the Bible help us to be more effective in dialogue? Does dialogue with people of other faiths lead us to read the Bible differently?
This Conference aims to open up a rich conversation about the Bible in the context of religious pluralism. It will draw together academics and practitioners to explore this important topic from a range of perspectives. Contributions will explore the nature of the Bible, approaches to reading the Bible together, other religious traditions reading Christian Scripture, and Christians reading other scriptures. The participation of all attendees will be crucial to the conversation.
Introductions will be led by two IFTAG members:
- Elizabeth Harris - Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University and IFTAG Moderator.
- Revd Ray Gaston - Inter Faith Studies Tutor and Enabler at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham.
Keynote Speaker - Professor Hugh Pyper, Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the University of Sheffied.
Reflections will be offered by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausener.
Speakers throughout the course of the event:
- Revd Dr John Parry, former Lecturer in Contextual Theology at Luther King House, Manchester and a specialist in Christian-Sikh Relations.
- Dr Rachel Muers - Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies, Deputy Head of Leeds University (Theology and Religious Studies).
- Clare Amos - Programme Executive and Coordinator for the WCC's Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation Programme.
Other Papers, Article and Blogposts written by IFTAG members