interfaith

Congratulations to Professor Michael Barnes SJ, who has received the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation for his long and distinguished contribution in this field. The award was presented today, 4th of April, by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.Hubert Walter was a noted jurist and financial administrator who was himself Archbishop of Canterbury from 1193 to 1205. He accompanied King Richard on the third crusade, was involved in negotiations with...
A remarkable life was remembered last week at a special event in West London. It was the 10th anniversary of the death of Brother Daniel Faivre SG who did so much to promote interfaith relationships in a very diverse part of the city.  People gathered together at St Anselm’s parish, Southall for an interfaith celebration day, reflecting on the Care of Creation and remembering how Brother Daniel dedicated 28 years of his life to encouraging harmony and understanding between different faith...
Inter Faith Week, Preston
The city of Preston has come to the end of its Inter Faith Week and the Jesuits of St Wilfrid’s Church have paid tribute to the representatives of different faith communities who have shown hospitality in places of worship around Preston.“With a gentle touch they described their community, and the hope and horizon which their faith brings,” writes Fr Peter Randall SJ in this weekend’s parish newsletter (below). “The devastating events in Paris inevitably arose as each one spoke, and in a simple...
An interfaith banner from the Nichols College Chaplaincy from Sean on Flickr
All world religions are prone to disrespect and violence. Invariably, those acting in this way see their actions as justified by sacred cause.   It would seem that it’s always been so. No religion, has been innocent.Every one of the great religions of the world, including Christianity, has been, at various times, both persecuted and persecutor. So what are the fundamental principles we should try to live out in our relationship with other faiths?What’s best in each of our...
The Jesuits of Stamford Hill have joined other faith leaders in North London to denounce cultural and religious intolerance. Fr David Smolira SJ, the parish priest of St Ignatius Church was among the group of religious leaders from Stamford Hill’s Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities who came together in a display of unity, ahead of a march planned by a far-right group that is objecting to what it calls the ‘Jewification’ of the area.“The expressions of solidarity were unambiguous and came...
Candles in sand image from flickr by caffeinehit
Lighting a candle is something shared and enjoyed across the world’s cultures. The candles on a birthday cake create an atmosphere which remains even when the candles are blown out.  When we light a candle in Church, its flame continues to flicker after we have gone, bearing witness to a relationship between God and ourselves.  The Easter Vigil with its Paschal candle proclaims the triumph of light over darkness, and we share in that proclamation as our small candles are kindled and...