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Inter Religious

The Archbishop of Canterbury is widely respected as a leading advocate and proponent of dialogue between the different faiths. His inter religious engagement is rooted in a concern for the good of humanity in society and a conviction that religious belief and practice have immense contributions to make to the common good.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Archbishop of CanterburyThis potential is heightened when communities of faith understand each other and work together on inter religious relations or dialogue.

Furthermore both the Church of England and the Churches of the global Anglican Communion are increasingly required to be able to engage with people and communities of other religions around them; and in ways that are consistent with the Church's understanding of its gospel based mission and ministry.

The Archbishop is therefore leading a process of engagement with an increasingly religiously plural English society, as well as with those parts of the world where religious plurality has been normal for centuries.

He has taken forward the Building Bridges Seminars, initiatives begun by his predecessor that bring together Christian and Muslim scholars from across the world and regularly speaks on Christian themes to audiences of different faiths. He has supported frameworks in the UK for dialogue within which greater understanding and mutual respect can develop, such as the Christian Muslim Forum and the further development of the Hindu Christian Forum. He has also formed close relationships with the Chief Rabbi and Jewish communities through the Council of Christians and Jews and in support for events such as the annual Holocaust Memorial Day.

Recent items relating to Inter Religious dialogue are shown below:

February 2006

Mansion House Speech : Antidote to Blasphemy v. Free Speech Arguments is Respect and Civility
7 February 2006
This speech by the Archbishop of Canterbury, at a dinner given by the Lord Mayor of London for the Archbishops…

January 2006

Archbishop - Faith communities must abhor anti-Semitism
26 January 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has called on faith communities to demonstrate their…

Inaugural Meeting of the Christian-Muslim Forum: Archbishop's Speech
24 January 2006
Lambeth Palace hosted a reception to mark the inaugural meeting of the Christian-Muslim Forum.

Archbishop - Muslim leader was 'uniquely effective interpreter'
24 January 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has described Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi, who died today,…

Archbishop to host launch of Christian Muslim Forum
20 January 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to host the inaugural meeting and formal launch of…

November 2005

Archbishop - Sangla Hills apology 'a hopeful sign'
27 November 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that an apology offered to the Christian Community…

Pakistan Sunday Programme
27 November 2005
Transcript of an interview for BBC Radio 4's Sunday Programme, following the Archbishop's return from…

Archbishop's Visit to Pakistan
24 November 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has begun an eight-day visit to Pakistan with a church…

Archbishop to visit Pakistan at 'crucial time'
16 November 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit Pakistan next week at what he says is a…

September 2005

Address at opening ceremony Sant'Egidio International Meeting of Prayer for Peace - Palais de Congress, Lyons
11 September 2005
An address by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the Sant'Egidio International Meeting…

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