How should Christians relate to those of other faiths? Explore this range of publications available on interfaith related matters produced by the churches. Some can be downloaded whilst others can be purchased from the Churches concerned:
Church of England
Presence and Engagement is the Church of England’s national programme equipping Christians for mission and ministry in our multi faith society. It began as a national listening exercise leading to a report which was discussed at the Church of England’s General Synod in 2006. A key resource is a growing network of Diocesan Inter Faith Relations Advisers.
The website aims to bring together resources for clergy, congregations, chaplaincies and schools who want to follow Jesus in loving their neighbours of different faiths. Presence and Engagement has been complemented by Near Neighbours, a government-funded initiative managed by the Church Urban Fund.
The website includes a range of interfaith publications.
Church of Ireland
Publications from the Commission for Christian Unity & Dialogue include Directory of Anglican, Porvoo, Ecumenical and Inter–faith links and Guidelines for Interfaith Events & Dialogue.
Centre for Theology and Community
The Living with other faiths resource pack (PDF, Word) from the Centre for Theology and Community (formerly the Contextual Theology Centre) provides materials which can be used flexibly – for study evenings and days, and for longer courses, helping churches in different kinds of contexts to minister faithfully, sensitively and effectively in our multi-religious society.
The pack is designed to help you:
- identify Biblical principles for engaging with people and congregations of other faiths.
- develop understanding of their beliefs and sensitivity to their practices.
- work out the best ways for your church to build relationships with other faiths.
The Methodist Church Interfaith resources web page lists a number of Methodist publications as well as some published by other churches/organisations, including May I Call You Friend, Faith Meeting Faith and the booklet Dialogue and Evangelism among people of other faiths (some are available to download in PDF format).
The Porvoo Communion is a communion of churches that have signed an agreement to “share a common life in mission and service”. These churches are either Anglican or Lutheran. The document Guidelines for Inter Faith Encounter in the Churches of the Porvoo Communion is available from the Church of England website.
Scottish Episcopal Church