Interfaith relations

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Inter Faith week will usually begin on Remembrance Sunday, and run until the following Sunday. The additional Sunday is intended to provide the opportunity for other weekend events to take place as well as those linked to Remembrance Sunday. It is a programme of the Inter Faith Network, of which the URC is a member. The aims of this specially designated week are to:

  • strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels in our increasingly diverse society;
  • encourage local faith groups and communities to reach out to each other and build stronger bonds of understanding and cooperation;
  • increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, with a particular focus on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society;
  • increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs and;
  • encourage the development of new partnerships within local communities and by faith communities with statutory and third sector partners.

Information about the week can be found at www.interfaithweek.org (for England and Wales) and www.interfaithscotland.org/scottish-interfaith-week (for Scotland).

In the UK today, we live in the conscious presence of religious diversity. Many congregations and members are located just a stone throw away from mosques, gurdwaras, Hindu temples, synagogues and viharas. In their local communities, some members of our churches will be in daily contact with colleagues and neighbours of different faiths, and many have friendships across faith traditions.

The Greek word 'Oikoumenē' is often translated as the ‘whole household of God’. Within its mission department is the URC's ecumenical and inter faith relations team. Building positive relationships with people from all the faiths is an important part of our mission together.