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The Woolf Institute's reports are designed to address pressing needs related to religious, ethnic and economic diversity.

Education Project report

15 December 2015

Education Project report

The Woolf Institute's transatlantic project, Teaching our own and other faiths in schools: International Issues in Religious Education, has produced a report that is now ready for download.

Report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

7 December 2015

Living with Difference

Download the Commission Report here.

The Commission has published a selection of the submissions that it received during its national consultation. These are available at www.corablivingwithdifference.com.

Bridging the Gap: Strengthening relations between hospices and Muslims of Britain

12 November 2015

Bridging the GapNew report calls for action on “data gaps” to increase access to hospice care services for Muslims

Hospices and NHS services must capture data about religion and ethnicity much more consistently from people using their services – as glaring gaps in this data are preventing effective planning of palliative and hospice services for Muslim patients and their families – according to a new report launched today.

Bridging the Gap: Strengthening relations between hospices and Muslims of Britain was commissioned by the charities Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives and researched and written by the Woolf Institute.

Read the full report.

Near Neighbours

9 January 2014

Near Neighbours ReportIn 2013 the Woolf Institute released its report on the Near Neighbours programme. Near Neighbours is a Church Urban Fund Initiative and is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Download the full report here.

Jews and Christians: Perspectives on Mission, The Lambeth-Jewish Forum

14 October 2011

Mission DocumentThis resource has been written by the Revd. Patrick Morrow, Rabbi Reuven Silverman and Prof. Daniel Langton and produced under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations and the Lambeth Jewish Forum, an informal meeting of Jews with Christians from the Church of England. Hard copies of the document can be requested from the Woolf Institute.

Read the complete publication.

Keeping Faith in Development Report

1 December 2009

Seminary Report FinalThe humanitarian aid charities Christian Aid, World Jewish Relief and Islamic Relief came together for the first time, at a conference hosted by the Woolf Institute.

Case studies were brought by the three charities to illustrate work they had done in countries with those of other religions. Successes were highlighted, such as collaboration between World Jewish Relief and the organization Human Aid Focus, which not only helped Muslim victims of the earthquake in Kashmir but also helped relations between Muslims and Jews.

However difficulties also emerged; should the source of financial help from a different faith group be advertized, especially if this runs the risk of it being rejected? Should faith groups help their 'own' before others? How can conservative factions of religious communities be won over to the vision of this collaborative work?

Daleep Mukarji, Director of Christian Aid, spoke for everyone when he said that: "Global poverty is not a Christian issue, but a human one, and ending it is not simply a Christian obligation, but a universal one."

Read the full report.

Policy Paper on the Training of Religious Leaders in the UK

1 June 2008

Seminary ReportA Policy Paper on seminary education and the training of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders in the UK.

The Policy Paper is based on research conducted by Michael Mumisa and Edward Kessler. At the heart of the Paper's findings lies a clear message that each of the Abrahamic Faith groups is failing to prepare future leaders in the field of interfaith education. The Paper makes a series of recommendations on the training of religious leaders in the UK, including minimum levels of knowledge.

Edward Kessler said that "this issue requires urgent attention and the need for reform must be impressed upon each of the three religious communities. All ministers of religion – imams, priests, rabbis and other religious leaders – need to receive a training that is relevant for today’s multi-cultural and multi-faith Britain".

Read the complete publication.

An Open Letter: A Call to Dialogue and Understanding between Muslims and Jews

1 April 2008

An Open Letter: CMJRThe first example of a Muslim Letter calling for dialogue and understanding between Muslims and Jews in modern history, this Open Letter was compiled by scholars from the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR), Dr Amineh Hoti and Sheikh Michael Mumisa.

The Letter received the support of Muslim religious scholars and leaders from around the world, with signatories including: Professor Akbar S Ahmed, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Dr Ataullah Saddiqui, Lord Khalid Hameed, and His Excellency Shaykh Mustafa Ceric, The Grand Mufti of Bosnia, amongst many others.

Read the Open Letter in English.

Read the Open Letter in Arabic.

Read the Open Letter in Hebrew.

Children of Zion: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land

1 January 2008

Children of ZionThis document will help Christians and Jews - and many others - to deepen their own and each other's understandings. We hope that it will encourage and assist us all to talk together and to enjoy what we share as well as to appreciate where and why we differ.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Professor Daniel Langton for bringing this work to fruition. He has brought to bear his considerable knowledge and research abilities to produce in clear language something of real value. There is no shortage of material on every aspect of this subject, but this is one of the few which combines so effectively clarity with brevity and breadth with depth. 

Read the complete publication.

Valuing Diversity: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers

1 January 2008

Valuing DiversityThe National Curriculum Guidelines for the teaching of Citizenship at Key Stages 3 (11-14) and 4 (14-16) include a requirement to study the social/cultural/religious context in the UK and beyond.

This guide for teachers supports the goals of the national curriculum, linking interfaith experience with citizenship and religious and moral education. The aim is to encourage a better understanding of moral, social and cultural issues in the UK and to help pupils think about the impact of plural identities and conflict resolution. Practical, classroom-based exercises are laid out in a user-friendly style.

Valuing Diversity has been developed in conjunction with specialists in school material publications, and drawing upon advice from key secondary education specialists. A focus on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and the broader ethnic and religious diversity is an excellent vehicle for teachers to fulfill this expectation.

This is a revised edition of the first popular and successful Valuing Diversity published in 2001. The guide was revised and updated in 2008 by Amineh Hoti and Edward Kessler to include Muslim perspectives on dialogue and understanding.

Read the complete publication.

 

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