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Blog entries in the "interfaith" category group:

Conducting a Vigil: Bringing Communities Together in the Face of Tragedy

The Reverend Dr Tom Wilson is director of the St Philip's Centre in Leicester, which provides training and consultancy on interfaith and multifaith issues for a wide range of… Continue reading

The Confusion: An Interview with Zachary Eastwood-Bloom

The Woolf Institute has recently installed its first Public Art Installation: The Confusion by  Zachary Eastwood-Bloom. The sculpture reflects, mirrors and distorts… Continue reading

Visiting the Mosque: what happens when parents object

The Reverend Dr Tom Wilson is director of the St Philip's Centre in Leicester, which provides training and consultancy on interfaith and multifaith issues for a wide range of… Continue reading

In Memory of Medieval Spain

Christian Kusi-Obodum reflects on the experience of the long coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain, and how this can be a source of inspiration for those… Continue reading

Freedom & Respect: Beyond the Blasphemy Debate

Mark Barwick reflects on the tension between the right to free speech and the building of peaceful societies in an ever-globalising world. Can the two coexist? He hopes so.… Continue reading

Why sometimes you just need to keep going

The Myth of Sisyphus teaches us a lesson about religious leaders involved in interreligious engagement and activism. In the myth, King Sisyphus of Ephyra spent each day pushing a… Continue reading

The Woolf, Westminster and the Genizah: Interreligious research, evolution and sensitivity

Interreligious research of any kind is fundamentally dialogical: its object is in and analysed through communication between two or more religious traditions, groups or persons.… Continue reading

Our Refugee Faith: why we need a response from the heart.

Today is World Refugee Day and I was prompted by the launch of a new independent documentary film called Humanity Rising in the Refugee Crisis, to reflect on the reality that… Continue reading

On Resilience

Resilience is everywhere. As the winter months surrender to the warmth and light of spring, sharp bursts of blossom, crescendos of birdsong, and the gradual rejuvenation of… Continue reading

Religion, Truthfulness and the ‘Post-Truth’ Politics

Politics has always been a hospitable environment to spin, half-truth, insinuation, and sometimes outright lying. For this reason, the recent talk of ‘post-truth politics’ as… Continue reading

Moses as a Model for Effective Leadership

Just as leadership is essential for effective management, successful management depends on effective leadership. While each role is important to the proper functioning of any… Continue reading

Entangled with the other

Amy Daughton reflects on the hopefulness of Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of self and other When I tell people that I work on French philosophy, there is peculiar fixity of expression… Continue reading

From heartbreak to hope: renewing a legacy of Muslim-Jewish solidarity

Remona Aly reflects on the Missing Pages of shared humanity: I can never forget the first moment I felt my heart breaking. I was at school, reading through a textbook when I… Continue reading

The ‘Inter’ of Interfaith Initiatives: reflections on Delhi

I have just spent a week in Delhi on a cross continental research project examining the impact of interfaith initiatives (in London, Delhi and Doha).  I stayed at the India… Continue reading

When Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve...

The solar Gregorian calendar determines the timing of Christmas, while both the sun and moon guide the Jewish calendar. As a result, each year interfaith families must negotiate… Continue reading

Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia

South Asia has largely been overlooked by scholars of Muslim-Jewish relations and by the activists working for the betterment of relations between the two communities. Apparently… Continue reading

Interfaith Week & The Value Of Religious Dialogue

Founding Director Dr Edward Kessler reflects on Interfaith Week and the value of religious dialogue in an increasingly secular age. There is a contradiction at the heart of the… Continue reading

The seeds of interfaith

John Fahy joined the Woolf Institute as a Junior Research Fellow in November 2015. Based in Qatar, he is part of the Assessing the Effectiveness of Interfaith Initiatives (AEIFI)… Continue reading

Cartoons against fear

 Finn Schulze-Feldmann explains the work of Bildkorrektur: a design collective combatting fear and prejudice in contemporary Germany. ‘Fear not’ – the first words spoken by the… Continue reading

Multi-faith and Inter-faith: Different Drivers, Different Directions

The Rev Dr Peter Hayler Assoc. Vicar at Great St Mary’s and Chaplain to University Staff, Cambridge, reflects on the difference between multi-faith and inter-faith perspectives.… Continue reading


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