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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:

July 2004

Report Proposes Forum of Muslims and Christians
7 July 2004
Co-operation between Muslims and Christians in England has reached the point where formal structures…

May 2004

Archbishop and the Security of Faith Communities
18 May 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today hosted a seminar on issues relating to the…

April 2004

Lecture to the 5th International Sabeel Conference "Holy Land and Holy People" Jerusalem
14 April 2004
A lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the 5th International Sabeel Conference…

March 2004

Archbishop's Christian-Muslim Initiative
22 March 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to convene the third 'Building Bridges' seminar in…

January 2004

Archbishop Completes Middle East Tour
31 January 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has completed a six-day tour of the diocese of Jerusalem…

Archbishop to Visit Diocese of Jerusalem
21 January 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams will be paying a pastoral visit to the diocese of Jerusalem…

June 2003

Christian Theology and Other Faiths
11 June 2003
A lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at Birmingham University.

April 2003

Archbishop's Opening Remarks
7 April 2003
The Second Building Bridges Seminar, Doha, Qatar

Archbishop's Opening Remarks at 2nd Building Bridges Seminar
7 April 2003
An address from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the 2nd Building Bridges Seminar…

Archbishop's Christian-Muslim initiative continues in Qatar
2 April 2003
As the second Gulf War got underway, Dr Williams announced a conference bringing together Christian and…

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