Blog entries in the "interfaith" category group:

Diversity of faith is our birthright – a modern British perspective

Religion means different things to everyone. To some, it is everything – their moral code, their legislative authority, their emotional support mechanism. To others, it is simply… Continue reading

Lessons from the Past: How Interfaith Work Can Benefit from Historical Research

An indigenous community of Jews has lived in Egypt for thousands of years. The Islamic Golden Age allowed greater freedom for religious and ethnic minorities, and as a result the… Continue reading

Less Noise, More Hope

Read Dr Ed Kessler's speech from the 13th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue (20-21 February 2018). What is your favourite occupation? Eating? Reading? Let me tell you mine:… Continue reading

The Need for Intrafaith Perspective on Interfaith Matters

A view from Saydnaya, a monastery in Syria where Christians and Muslims venerated an icon of Mary in the medieval period. Bogdan Smarandache reflects on western responses to… Continue reading

Breaking a Difficult Silence: Memories of Srebrenica

Nedžad Avdić is a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide, only one of the handful of those who survived mass executions in July 1995. This is his story about how his experiences… Continue reading

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 traditional… 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… 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… Continue reading

The Seeds of Interfaith

John Fahy is a Junior Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute. Based in Qatar, he is part of the Assessing the Effectiveness of Interfaith Initiatives (AEIFI) Project, a QNRF… 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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