You might ask who might benefit from it what is its purpose? Perhaps the answer is that the Christian Interfaith Practitioners Association, you and I and our work will be the beneficiaries. During the year many people write to us saying had you heard this or could you publise this. The purpose is to share as widely as possible information and events which might help us in our work.
A newsletter published on this website once a month would help us to achieve this sharing. It might be necessary to add to it regularly as information sometimes comes with a time limit, so it is possible that an edition of the Newsletter could be revised and republished to include some breaking news.
It is possible to achieve this by sending out a circular email, but it is easier if each of us could look at the webpage on a daily or almost daily basis so that wherever we are in the world we can get the latest information from what is going on.
This is the first of the newsletters, so please let us know what you think about the idea.
UN Decade of Interfaith
In 2008 at our Consultation Alan Race , from Leicester, reminded us of the UN Declaration of the Decade (2011-2020) for Interreligious Dialogue and Co-operation for Peace, and commended the Inter Faith practitioners by saying
‘what we have been saying and doing for years, is finally considered as important by UN also’.
One of the things which was obvious at our recent Consultation was the irrelevance of Ecumenical matters to us as a group: we were from a variety of different backgrounds, but first of all we were Christian, followers of the Lord Jesus and him being with us where two or three were together was what conditioned all we said to each other and what we felt was our direction for the coming year.
We are committed to our interfaith work, and the Decade of interfaith is an important recognition of all we do, but it was our personal call which took us down this rout. Let’s keep going to show the world our relevance.
DVD ‘Of God’s and men’
During the Consultation Mike talked a little about life in France and this DVD. It would have been useful if we had been able to watch it when we were together but we did not have time in the programme.
I have just been able to look at it. It is in French, so there are subtitles in English, but the message is very strong. The Monks are living with people who are not Christians, but the Christian ethos was communicated by a lifestyle of love – a willingness to life and work alongside a people who were culturally and spiritually very different, a sharing of food at certain times and providing medical and welfare care for all. The element noted in the UN Decade of Interfaith matters of being together for Jesus comes through in the film very clearly.
The ending is very sad in human terms; but as people of faith living for God through Jesus helps us to see the whole in a different context and to celebrate the lives of the Monks as Martyrs.
The website gives dates and venue for next years Consultation. More details will be available as the summer progresses.
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