Greetings for the New year
We hope you have enjoyed Christmas and the Epiphany (or the winter break if you are not of the Christian tradition) and are settling to a little business.
As we begin a new year we remember that 2011-2020 has been declared by the United Nations as a decade for Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace. At our 2008 Consultation Alan Race commended the Inter Faith practitioners by saying ‘what we have been saying and doing for years, is finally considered as important by UN also’. We also remember that Pope Benedict and faith leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, held a time of prayer, at Assisi 27th October, that peace worldwide may continue to grow. So we might ask that God’s work through us may be enabled among his people whatever their faith backgrounds and that this work may contribute to peace for the world. top of page
The planning for the 2012 Consultation in May is now progressing well. It is good that Toby Howarth has been able to give time in what is a busy national schedule to join us. You will see the Consultation will be about what is going on ‘around us’ where ever we are, and Toby will help us to focus in on some of the issues affecting us at present, or which will affect us in the near future. The latest edition of the Programme and the Booking Form are shown else where on this Website – these are in .pdf format and can be downloaded. top of page
Dialogue on our Streets: This year’s Consultation theme includes ‘the talk, and the issues being faced on our streets’ and in our various ministries or places of work. This can involve formal conversations but also the informal ones. You might like to contribute a conversation from your street, or comment on the one below as we prepare for this year’s Consultation. Continue with this link top of page
If so this you may be interested in Weltethos.
This is the name of a libretto for an oratorio – words written by Hans Kung, for music composed by Jonathan Harvey. The two work jointly to achieve Weltethos, meaning literally a global ethic. Kung is not known for his musical skills, but this contribution is aimed at demonstrating the unity of all faiths with the diversity of numerous styles of music in this concert work on interfaith harmony. It was first performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle on 15th Oct 2011 and will be performed in Birmingham, England on June 21st at the beginning of the Olympics.
There are six movements, ethical values, religions and cultural traditions. These are devoted to Jesus, Moses, Confucius, Hindu scriptures, Muhammad, and Buddha. A speaker describes each, and then a choir responds with words related to scriptures.
The oratorio is not a religious project, it is an ethical one, and furthers Kung’s earlier statement ‘There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among religions’.
Kung’s libretto is concerned to bring this theme to the arts as well as his continuing work through theology. It is his first musical piece and his latest initiative as president of the Foundation for a Global Ethic – an organisation founded to establish a set of universal values to help people of all faiths and none to live together. top of page
We have been sent this interesting account of a Muslim Iranian who goes out of his way, risks his life, certainly risks his career and property and everything else, to save fellow Jewish Iranians from the Nazis during World War II in Paris. The story needs to be heard because unfortunately the media tends to give us only bad images of Muslims. top of page
Here is the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16190541