Interfaith

A Sidelined Conflict in the Heart of Africa

Omayma El Ella | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Omayma El Ella

We cannot afford to allow another tragedy to take place in Africa and we cannot afford to be complacent in our response. The regional ramifications and the human cost are too great for this to be another forgotten crisis.

Shabbat Shalom! Clergy Take Part in Jewish Sabbath

The Rev'd Patrick Morrow | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
The Rev'd Patrick Morrow

You say 'Shabbat', I say 'Sabbath'? Do Jews and Christians share a belief in the goodness of Sabbath rest? What better way to find out than invite over 40 clergy to immerse themselves in the Jewish Shabbat for a weekend.

Skin-deep Differences Don't Matter

Kiran Chug | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

With their Indian mother and white father, my children stand out at the gurdwara. They look different, and although they don't know it yet, I wonder what impact this will have on their lives. As I see them alongside little boys with turbans and young girls in traditional dress, I wonder when they will notice the differences that are skin deep.

How Relevant Is Faith and Religion in a Modern Society?

Reverend David Gifford | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Reverend David Gifford

Interfaith dialogue will have to take its place as a crucial item on everybody's agenda. It is heartening to get behind these students - the leaders of tomorrow - who show us that faith and religion is still relevant to life's meaning and for flourishing, dynamic, societies.

How Spiritual Tourism Might Change the World

Ben Bowler | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Bowler

There is an emerging trend on the horizon that is being cited at the fastest growing sector in the whole travel business. They call it "spiritual tourism" and it is starting to be taken very seriously by governments, state tourism authorities, even the United Nations agency responsible for global tourism - the UNWTO.

Interfaith Within Students' Unions

Kirat Raj Singh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kirat Raj Singh

Faith based societies at Universities have huge potential with their increasing number of members yet we have seen few actively engage with their students' unions... It is important to demonstrate to these societies that the union offers a lot more than generic advice and can help empower them and their members by bringing the different societies onto one platform and opening up channels of communications between them.

The Fight About Faith Schools Isn't Really About Faith School at All

Elizabeth Oldfield | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Elizabeth Oldfield

Those who advocate faith schools draws on that which demonstrates good academic results, while on the other side of the debate faith school critics point to another set of research to back up claims they exacerbate social division. Both sides, entrenched in their positions, are over claiming.

Does Interfaith Pave Way For More Integrated UK?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK
Jemimah Steinfeld

One positive story to come out of the tragedy of Woolwich in May took place at the East London mosque, in Tower Hamlets, when leaders of the Christian...

Faith in the Media: How Do We Improve Reporting on Religion and Belief?

Stephen Shashoua | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Stephen Shashoua

It is the individuals who make the culture of the newsroom. With the news of Mishal Husain's appointment to the Today programme, we have an opportunity for the public to be informed by someone who seemingly understands the nuances of religion and community.

Christians and Eid

Julian Bond | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

I wondered how UK Christians might respond to Ramadan and Eid. Could British churches follow the lead of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury in sending greetings to British Muslims? Apart from our most senior religious leaders, who have been trailblazers and pioneers of inter faith encounter, we have not seen such recognition of Muslim festivals. This is a new approach for a different era.

How Social Media Taught Me More About Islam

Steve Rose | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

The word Qur'an means 'to read'. Yet, for many non-Muslims, we remain remarkably ignorant (perhaps wilfully) to its contents. We do not read the Qur'an. We digest our knowledge about the religion from the media. But ordinary Muslims are often marginalised from newspaper pages and television screens.

After Woolwich: Who Are Our Leaders Against Hate?

Stephen Shashoua | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
Stephen Shashoua

As with other horrible tragedies, when the glare of media has dissipated, the effects remain and are added to a long list of issues that we must confront. It will always be a challenge, but with the right kind of leadership the challenge will be easier to overcome.

Jessica Elgot

'Ban Schools From Picking Pupils Based On Faith'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

Atheist campaigners along with several prominent religious leaders have launched a controversial new campaign to ban schools from selecting children o...

The Unhurt Locker

Ian Linden | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK
Ian Linden

Tea and biscuits are not always the setting for interfaith encounters. It was 9pm on Burns Night and not only Scots were off the street.

The Mind of the Religious Terrorist

Ian Linden | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Linden

Tolkien's Gollum would have been a prime target for a religious terrorist recruiter. He is obsessed by the loss of a sacred treasure that defines his identity, obsequious yet angry in its pursuit, reduced to a split personality that goes down dark holes, addicted to being manipulated.

When Faith Meets Fundamentalism - Proposed Guidelines for Interfaith Marriages

Shohana Khan | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics
Shohana Khan

Rather than the finger being pointed at those of faith who believe in it enough to adhere to it in all aspects of life; we should put the advocates of secular fundamentalism on the spot as they not only believe in their idea, but forcibly impose it on everyone else.

U DAY 2012: It's Time for a More United World

Ben Bowler | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK
Ben Bowler

Politically, we are seeing the ongoing expansion of regional political unification. Notwithstanding the current financially-driven woes of the European Union, it is still very much a work in progress.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Juliet Simmons | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Juliet Simmons

When I got to the theatre Israel and Gaza were making the headlines and I was faced with protesters from both sides, searched as I entered the building and told that the blood of Palestinian babies was on both my tickets and my hands.

Blender-Free Interfaith Relations

Ian Linden | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Linden

In February of this year lecturers, teachers and backbench Conservative MPs were reacting to the news that the same Mr. Gove was excluding religious education from the core elements making up the new English Baccalaureate. It was apparently not an "essential academic" subject.

We Are Family

Juliet Simmons | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Simmons

When I was growing up one of my favourite books was To Kill a Mockingbird. I love the bit which says that "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

Recognise, Preserve and Promote: 50 Years After Vatican II

Ian Linden | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK
Ian Linden

You might also have thought that after fifty years, the Catholic Church would have reached a fixed mind as to the significance of the Council. Not so either. Its consequences are contested, its nature, continuity or break with the past disputed, and all subject to opposing interpretations. Zhou Enlai's assessment of the French Revolution applies: "too early to tell".

UNGA-UNGA Parties

Ian Linden | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK Politics
Ian Linden

The UN General Assembly lies at the intersection of hopes, expectations and much denigration. Most of it is unrealistic or unfair. The creation of the UN was not an idealistic innovation - though it represented ideals and aspects that were new - but an historically recognisable continuation of international politics.

The Worst Idea in History

Ben Bowler | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK
Ben Bowler

Thinking you've got a monopoly on truth is the biggest mistake of all. This applies not just in the religious sphere but also to political and economic thinking and it applies regardless of the belief system: a Southern Baptist who believes they are in total possession of the truth is just as far from the mark as an atheist who thinks the same thing, or a Muslim.

The Virus of Hatred

Ian Linden | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK
Ian Linden

The Benghazi killings are a call to action both to religious leaders and to organisations like the Tony Blair Faith Foundation who believe there is another potent message and that what young people learn about faith and religion matters, and that we walk away from this challenge at our peril.

What We Can Learn From the Dalai Lama

Wakkas Khan | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK
Wakkas Khan

Having had the opportunity to hear from many of the giants of the Muslim world, as well as having heard from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, I was pleased to listen to the 14th Dalai Lama His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso on his recent tour of the UK. His talk aimed at the youth was entitled 'Stand Up and Be The Change', and was hosted by Russell Brand.