Photo: visit by members of the Committee for Interfaith Relations to Reading Gurdwara 2019
The diocesan interfaith adviser and chair of the Committee for Interfaith Relations is currently the Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, Archdeacon of Oxford, who took over this role in May 2020.
The Oxford Diocesan Committee for Interfaith Relations (ODCIR) was set up by the diocese with the following aims in mind:
- To support, resource and enable individuals, churches and clergy in ‘Presence & Engagement’ parishes. These parishes have at least 10% of their population from non-Christian religions.
- To keep members of the diocese aware of other faith communities, and to enable and encourage constructive engagement with them;
- To be a forum in which interfaith concerns, as they affect the diocese, can be explored.
The committee held an ‘away day’ in 2018 to explore its Vision and Strategy and how interfaith relations can be more Christlike through being Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous. Slides from this away day can be found here.
The following Area Interfaith Advisors should be your first contact point for any interfaith related issues or questions:
Revd Phil Ritchie for the Oxford Archdeaconry
Revd Canon Richard Cook for the Dorchester Archdeaconry
Revd Hugh Ellis for the Buckingham Archdeaconry (South – to include Slough and High Wycombe)
Revd Dr Paul Smith for the Buckingham Archdeaconry (North to include Milton Keynes and Aylesbury)
Revd Sally Lynch for the Berkshire Archdeaconry
- Simple Guide to Interfaith Relations
- Interfaith prayers from i-church
- Report on DIFA conference 2018
- Report on the Hakimah Programme at the Tantur Institute Jerusalem – a course looking at the wisdom of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women attended by Revd Sally Lynch in January 2019