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Julian Bond, Director of the Christian Muslim Forum since its launch in 2006. He has engaged with the Muslim community around the country while also encouraging Christians to meet with Muslims, both through the Forum and as a member of the Methodist Church. He has been the driving force behind the Forum's leaders training programme, originally 'Imams and Ministers'.

Entries by Julian Bond

A Tale of Three Quarters

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (08:56)

We have just had a great week doing what is closest to our heart, bringing Christians and Muslims together. Conscious, as ever, of the outlook which says 'Christians and Muslims, no big deal', we brought people together in different quarters of London. Actually if we add another day to our...

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Keep Calm, We're British!

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (05:40)

The press, and public, is too hung up about the number of Muslims in the UK.

I couldn't resist the trite title. Fretting about 'Britishness' seems to be at heart of what it means to be British. It has a familiar feel to it in our media, and not just...

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Making Finance Fair

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2013 | (06:40)

How can faith communities do more to inject a sense of fairness in the financial system?

The saying goes 'don't mention religion or politics'. We can add money to that quotation, the British being notoriously reticent to tell each other what they earn. So it was something of a...

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Changing Perceptions of Christian-Muslim Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted 30 September 2013 | (11:48)

As greater numbers of couples intermarry between faiths (and between ethnicities), what can Christians and Muslims do to ease tensions when 'two faiths meet'?

On 26 November 2012 at Westminster Abbey the Christian Muslim Forum launched groundbreaking guidelines on Christian-Muslim marriage. With a fine sense of timing, our...

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Ten Things We Ought to Be Saying About the Niqab

(7) Comments | Posted 23 September 2013 | (06:13)

1. This is a free country

Unless people are committing a crime or outraging public decency they can wear what they like. Other than that, no-one should be telling people what to wear. Difficulties arise when there are no precise rulings or new situations arise. Legal action is sometimes necessary...

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Slaughter of the Innocents

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (06:48)

As we reach another anniversary of 9/11 we remember the innocent victims. For the friends and families of those who lost their lives this will be another day of pain and loss as they recall the tragic event which happened 12 years ago. Since then others have sought to wreak...

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Christians and Eid

(25) Comments | Posted 9 August 2013 | (09:30)

It's been a joyful and exciting Ramadan. I've attended two (Big!) iftars and turned down invitations to lots more. I was also filmed on a very hot morning for a Channel 4 'Ramadan Reflection' which aired this week. So Ramadan has been very much on my...

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An 'Unholy War' Against Muslims?

(1) Comments | Posted 14 July 2013 | (08:11)

One of the terrible features of our world is how globalisation can bring the worst of international conflict to our doorsteps. Lee Rigby, a British soldier wearing a 'Help for Heroes' shirt, was murdered by a man who claimed to be acting in retaliation for attacks on women and children...

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Life and Death

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2013 | (08:07)

An edited version of an unscripted speech at 'One Brent' on 31 May, commemorating Lee Rigby and sharing in solidarity with his family.

Death

The first thing I want to mention is death. When we hear of tragedies and murders our first response should be to mourn. There is a...

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Why Did We Create the #StGeorge4All Initiative?

(12) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (00:00)

In this blog I'll explain the thinking behind the new 'St George 4 All' statement, signed by multiple faith groups to "reclaim" England's national saint.

An article in the Daily Telegraph for St George's Day last year had the headline: 'St George's flag is a racist symbol says...

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Mosque-Busters and Mega-Masjids

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (16:06)

It's difficult having an image problem, most of us would admit that Islam currently has an image problem, though that is to do with perceptions of Islam.

Those reflecting on Muslims in England have compared their recent situation to that of Irish Catholics in the 19th and early...

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Where are the Women?

(1) Comments | Posted 22 March 2013 | (10:25)

Christians and Muslims should be bringing women to the fore!

I'm used to being on the edge, I've been that kind of Christian for a long time. My involvement in Christian-Muslim interaction over the last ten years is another edge, some would say a cliff-edge. Some would say that I...

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Islam - Friend or Foe?

(11) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (16:55)

The title of this article isn't a new question, but, even after Islam Awareness Week last week and the launch of statistics about Islamophobia and attacks on Muslims (mostly women) it's one that is still being asked. It would be fair to say that some people...

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Heritage, Pluralism and Bad Karma

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (06:45)

I spoke this week at the launch of Islam Awareness Week in the House of Lords. As the week concludes let's keep the good work going and remind ourselves of why this work is so important.

Despite being a society made up of waves of immigration from the...

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Peace and Violence

(7) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (06:09)

Many of us are for peace but few of us have never been violent (violence can be verbal too). This is why it's so important that we work for peace. People may (hopefully) associate Christianity with peace, more people would have difficulties associating Islam with peace. Both religions, however, do...

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Horse Burger or Halal?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (13:06)

...(or should we just go veggie)?

Perhaps it's time to think of alternatives to the meat industry. Two years ago my organisation, the Christian Muslim Forum, issued a halal statement, responding to another popular anxiety over unlabelled meat. The main thrust was that we need to...

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When Two Faiths Meet

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2013 | (23:00)

"I am basically very angry. I don't want to have people telling me that God will prove which is right. God doesn't care." So says an 18-year-old young man whose parents are divorcing. A sadly familiar refrain. Yet in 'Jo's' case, his mother is converting to Islam and believes that...

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