Methodist Inter Faith Relations

The Methodist Church
October 2018

Inter Faith Relations

Welcome to your third issue of Methodist Inter Faith Relations. This newsletter will contain news and updates about inter faith dialogue taking place around the Methodist Church, in line with Our Calling.

If you have any stories, book suggestions or photos for future use in this newsletter please feel free to send them into us.

Armistice 100 and Inter Faith Week 2018

Inter Faith Week is intentionally timed to begin each year on Remembrance Sunday. This is to give people of different backgrounds the opportunity to remember together and to highlight the diversity of those who have served – both from the UK and from the countries that became the Commonwealth. Visit the Armistice 100 website.

Inter Faith Week 11-18 November

Join the week long campaign to encourage good inter faith relations in your local churches and communitites.

Two weeks to go!

What have you got planned? Share your stories with us or visit theInter Faith Week website and publicise your own activities there.

Have you got your Inter Faith Tool Kit?

Connect: a youth inter faith guide

Connect (part of the Inter Faith Network) is an action guide for young people, including information on the different kinds of inter faith activity, ways to get involved, planning tips and practicalities, and links to further information.

“…This action guide is about making connections, and building bridges towards friendship and understanding…”

Connect, page 3

Download your copy here – also available from Methodist Publishing from 1 November.

Touchstone’s Grand Opening

Touchstone Bradford Grand Opening

Was held on Saturday 15 September with great success. 

For more information visit their brand new website or Facebook page. 

Invest in Peace: dates announced 

The Board of Deputies, together with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, has announced the latest series of Invest in Peace. This groundbreaking national project brings together churches and synagogues across Britain to support Israeli-Palestinian peace-building, and this year they are working with the charity Solutions Not Sides. Limited free tickets are now available for all seven events, through the Eventbrite.

Cardiff – 29 October

Birmingham – 30 October

Bristol – 31 October

Oxford – 1 November

Woodford – 12 November

Bushey – 13 November

St Albans – 14 November

For further information visit the CTBI website. 


Final report of the Commission on Religious Education

On 9 September the Commission on Religious Education published its final report: ‘Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE’.


The Religious Education Council for England and Wales launched the Commission in July 2016 as an independent body Chaired by the Very Revd Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster. The fourteen Commissioners included academics, head teachers, teachers, school governors and a broadcaster. The Commission published an interim report in July 2017.


The final report makes 11 recommendations, which include changing the name of the subject RE to ‘Religion and Worldviews’.  It sets out a ‘national entitlement’ for RE that would apply to all state funded schools.  It calls for a special body to be formed by the Government to write programmes of study for Religion and Worldviews based on the ‘national entitlement’ which would act in a similar way to the National Curriculum for other subjects.


Read the full report here

Mission Statement: it is hoped to create a community of dialogue among Methodist inter faith practitioners and others; to resource, help develop and strengthen this particular interest group.

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