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interfaith symbolsIn this Diocese we share our towns with many people of other faiths - predominantly Muslims, but also Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and others.

The Vatican II document Nostra Aetate said this:

"The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men"

In 2010 the Bishops of England and Wales issued a document called "Meeting God in Friend and Stranger" which sets out admirably the purposes, tensions and practicalities of interfaith dialogue. It can be downloaded from the Catholic Church website here.

Interfaith work tends to go on locally rather than centrally at Diocesan level. A lot of good work is done in Luton by the Grassroots organisation, working with the Luton Council of Faiths. In other places, Catholics take part, formally or privately, in interfaith forums or discussion groups.
See, for example:

Bedford Council of Faiths
Northampton Interfaith Forum

Slough Faith Partnership
Wycombe Sharing of Faiths


The Bishop's Interfaith Advisor is Sr Maire Hayes DHS, who works with Grassroots. She can be contacted at 1 Prestwick Close, Luton LU2 7JS. Telephone 01582 720535, e-mail mairedhg@yahoo.co.uk

Below are some links to national interfaith bodies

The Interfaith Network
Christian/Muslim Forum
Council of Christians and Jews
Three Faiths Forum

   
 
 
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